Some Academy Award-winning filmmakers like to thank their agents, others their wives and children, still others the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (aka the folks who voted for them after watching a few minutes of their films). In addition, every year at the Oscars, there's at least one filmmaker who uses his or her acceptance speech to speak out on a current (catastrophic) event that's near and dear to the heart.
This year, that filmmaker was Charles Ferguson, whose documentary on the crushing financial crisis of 2008 won the Oscar for outstanding documentary. These were the "Inside Job" director's first words as he took the stage last night to accept his award:
"Forgive me, I must start by pointing out that three years after our horrific financial crisis caused by financial fraud, not a single financial executive has gone to jail, and that's wrong."
While the director went to on to thank a host of folks during his speech, I couldn't help wondering if Lloyd Blankfein, Kenny Lewis, Dick Fuld et al were out and about, at some Oscar party, choking on their wild mushroom crostini and Chianti as Ferguson called them out.
(Related: "Inside Job" Director Says Another Crisis Is Right Around the Corner)