Does art imitate life or does life imitate art?
Clearly both may very well be true and one does not preclude the other.
The key issue is to what extent artists express and record the pulse of their era while at the same time highlighting parallel truths that are diachronically combined with a distinctive aesthetic result.
This year's historic Oscars were watched by the award show's smallest ever audience, with just 23.6 million viewers tuning in to ABC's domestic television broadcast.
The glitzy show in Hollywood on Feb. 9 night saw "Parasite" become the first-ever non-English-language film to scoop best picture, the movie industry's biggest prize.
Hollywood's directors handed World War I thriller "1917" their top annual prize on Jan. 25, one of the final major award shows that typically spells success at next month's Oscars.
The win makes British auteur Sam Mendes hot favorite for the best director Oscar -- the Directors Guild of America Awards have correctly predicted the victor the past six years running.