The controversial HBO film, “Game Change,” which mocks former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin’s short-lived political career won five Emmys at the 2012 awards Sunday night for Best Miniseries/Movie, Best directing for Miniseries, Movie or Dramatic Special, Best Lead Actress, Best Writing and Best Casting.
“Game Change” arguably deserved at least two of the awards it won last night, but the politically inaccurate movie, which was more like a hit piece on Sarah Palin, won a head-scratching writing Emmy.
Actress Julianne Moore pulled off a stunning performance as Palin and replicated the look, accent and mannerisms of the 2008 Republican vice presidential candidate perfectly. The quality of the film was also impressive. So, the awards for Best Lead Actress and Best TV Movie were well-deserved.
But best Writing and Directing? That’s just a blatant jab at conservatives.
The film, which depicts Palin as a mentally unhinged, completely ignorant of basic political knowledge and unable to understand simple instruction, was based on a book by John Heilemann and Mark Halperin, but only focuses on a small section of the book dealing with the 2008 McCain-Palin campaign.
The directors took a couple chapters out a book not entirely about Palin and created an entire drama centered on ridiculing the McCain-Palin campaign, and Sarah Palin in particular.
Both Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) and Palin denounced the book and movie as non-factual and a poor representation of their characters and the actual series of events surrounding McCain’s choice of Palin as his Vice Presidential running mate.
“I won’t watch it. I know it’s based on a book that’s totally unfair and untrue, especially to Sarah Palin,” he said in an interview with The Hill in March. “I want to repeat if I could my admiration and appreciation for Sarah Palin, she energized our party. … She energized more people than I did. She’s a good and decent person and this continuing maligning of her by the liberal left is reprehensible to me.”
He also denied using the kind of foul language his character uses in the film, stating, “my vocabulary is bigger than that.”
Moore even took a shot at Palin as she accepted her Emmy for best Actress, “I feel so validated since Sarah Palin gave me a big thumbs down,” she said.
For “Game Change” to win a writing Emmy, when the movie possessed such controversial and potentially inaccurate statements attributed to well-known Republican contemporaries is just Hollywood’s latest slam to conservatives. It’s truly no surprise that a controversial film with an inaccurate depiction of a conservative mother of five and Republican war veteran would be lauded in a room full of elite, self-absorbed liberals.