Issue Commentary

03/19/02 – Wha⁠t⁠ ⁠t⁠he Oscars Can Teach Flor⁠i⁠da Lawmakers

By: The James Madison Institute / 2002

Recent controversy over A Beautiful Mind, the biographical movie of Nobel laureate John Nash, sparked unusual interest from the public and mainstream media on its way to winning four Academy Awards, including Best Picture of 2001. At the heart of the controversy was whether the real-life John Nash is anti-Semitic or whether rival movie executives were spreading this rumor to undermine the movie’s chances of stealing the show come Oscar night. Despite the controversy, this movie and its story raised public awareness about schizophrenic illness.