There was quite a bit of political commentary during the 2016 Oscars, with award-winners and announcers using their public platform to advocate for various issues from climate change to sexual assault.

One of these opportunities came from Director Adam McKay when he used his Oscar acceptance speech for his film “The Big Short” to speak about the importance of getting money out of politics.

McKay, whose film centers around the economic collapse of 2008, had this to say to a rapt audience:

“Most of all, if you don’t want big money to control government, don’t vote for candidates that take money from big banks, oil or weirdo billionaires. Stop!”


‘The Big Short’ Director Adam McKay Says Don’t Vote For Candid…“Don’t vote for candidates that take money from big banks”—The Big Short director Adam McKay in his Oscars acceptance speech

Posted by NowThis Entertainment on Sunday, February 28, 2016

Sydney Robinson is a political writer for the Ring of Fire Network. She has also appeared in political news videos for Ring of Fire. Sydney has a degree in English Literature from the University of West Florida, and has an active interest in politics, social justice, and environmental issues. She would love to hear from you on Twitter @SydneyMkay or via email at