Ezra Edelman, the director of O.J.: Made in America, the film that won the Oscar for Best Documentary Feature, gave one of the strangest acceptance speeches of the night.
EZRA EDELMAN: I want to acknowledge that I wouldn't be standing here tonight if not for two people who aren't here with us - Ron Goldman, Nicole Brown - this is for them and their families. It is also for others, the victims of police violence, police brutality, racially motivated violence, and criminal injustice. This is their story as well as Ron and Nicole's. I am honored to accept this award on all their behalves. Thank you.I haven't seen Edelman's film, but it is a documentary. We know the story of O.J. Simpson and the murders of Ron Goldman and Nicole Brown.
Goldman and Brown weren't victims of systemic police racism or police brutality. They weren't victims of racially motivated violence.
It was odd that Edelman connected their deaths with his anti-police agenda. It was odd that the audience applauded that connection. Of course, it's not odd that Hollywood would applaud anti-police remarks, but the connection to Goldman and Brown doesn't make sense.