Chris White on January 23, 2018.
The Academy Awards snubbed the sequel to former Vice President Al Gore’s hugely successful climate change documentary, “An Inconvenient Truth.”
Gore’s 2017 film “An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power” failed to pick up an Academy Award nomination for Best Documentary Feature. His 2006 film about rising ocean tides and catastrophic global warming won Oscars for best documentary and best song.
The first documentary grossed $24 million domestically and generated a fiercely loyal following, but the sequel did not fare so well; it earned a paltry $3.4 million and was widely panned.
Gore, who also won a Nobel Prize in 2007, crammed the film full of politically partisan scenes, such as when New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman met with him to discuss the months-long investigation into ExxonMobil’s climate research history.
He was an instrumental cog helping Schneiderman kickstart his probes, telling an audience at a press conference in March that the AG is going after companies “deceiving the American people, communicating in a fraudulent way, about the reality of the climate crisis and the dangers it poses.”
The sequel dropped at the Sundance Film Festival in Utah the day President Donald Trump was sworn into office, a reality that was shoehorned into the film after the president beat former candidate Hillary Clinton during the 2016 election.
The election’s results clearly effected the film’s editing, but even liberals trashed the sequel. Vox’s Alissa Wilkinson, for example, called An Inconvenient Sequel a one-dimensional film about the highs and lows of the former VP’s political career.
“The movie was obviously hastily modified after Trump’s win in November, and the film grimly forces viewers to remember that Trump has always dismissed the idea of climate change wholesale,” Wilkinson wrote in a review shortly after the film’s release.