Sunday, March 13, 2011

The Recall's Oscar moments

Unsurprisingly, despite Arnold Schwarzenegger’s leading role, the recall has not received much attention in the world of Hollywood. While The Simpsons once had a recall Mayor Quimby episode, two recent Best Picture nominees have an intersection with key recalls.
Milk was about San Francisco City Supervisor Harvey Milk, who was assassinated along with Mayor George Moscone on 1978. Moscone was succeeded by Dianne Feinstein. Four years later, Feinstein faced a recall (which she defeated with 81% of the vote)  – probably the most famous recall in the country’s history before Gray Davis. We’ll deal with the Feinstein recall in some depth later on, but worth noting here.
L.A. Confidential, set in the 1950s, is believed to have used as inspiration the famously corrupt mayoral reign of Frank ShawShaw was recalled in 1938 (after downplaying a devastating LA River flood). 

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