Goldie Hawn Says Oscars Have Become Too ‘Politicized’

WESTWOOD, CA - MAY 10: (L-R) Actor Kurt Russell, actresses Goldie Hawn and Kate Hudson attend premiere of 20th Century Fox's' 'Snatched' at Regency Village Theatre on May 10, 2017 in Westwood, California. (Photo by Barry King/Getty Images)
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Goldie Hawn said she misses the time when Hollywood was all about elegance and glamour and insists shows like the Oscars have become too “politicized.”

The 77-year-old actress spoke about the upcoming Academy Awards in a Variety cover story as she reflected on how things have changed in the industry and our society.

“It used to be elegant,” Hawn explained. “I’m not old-fashioned, but sometimes jokes are off-color. And I’m missing reverence.”

“Things have become politicized,” she added. “I want to see people in awe. I want to see people believing again. I want to see people laughing more in a way that isn’t just at someone else’s expense.”

The “Overboard” star said that the Will Smith slap of Chris Rock during last year’s ceremony is “indicative of our culture right now.”

“I mean, you could look at it and say, ‘What the hell just happened?’ Hawn said. “Somebody lost control. They lost their self-regulation.”

“Their bigger brain wasn’t thinking, and they did something that was horrendous and also showed no remorse,” she added. “That, to me, is a microcosm oftentimes of our world. Chris was brilliant — totally held on to and controlled his emotions, was able to stand with dignity.”

“That’s an example of what we would like our world to look like,” Hawn continued. “But, unfortunately, it isn’t right now.”


The superstar actress also questioned what has happened to the “old-fashioned movie star.”

“Where are they?” Goldie said. “The old-fashioned movie star creates excitement. We used to be able to say, ‘I’m going to take a break because I think I’m overexposed.’ A lot of these people that are coming up are making more money than anybody ever made as an actor, but they’re not known.”

Later, the actress reflected on kids being politicized in schools and “cancel culture.”

“They’re canceling books — classic books that no one can read,” Hawn said. “I don’t like that. There’s mistrust everywhere. So not only is there cancel culture, but there are culture wars. Schools are being politicized. But for the greater good of our children? No one’s really looking at that.”

“So ‘cancel culture,'” she added. “The word itself scares me more than anything. It’s rigid, concretized thinking, which is not good. It’s got double edges on it. And who has the right to cancel?”

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