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The message of the movie is even though you are unemployed and you haven't gotten all the success you deserve, you are still an amazing, terrific person, i think everybody in the Academy can relate to that because that's the state of normalcy for the film industry, that you spend a lot of time unemployed.
The mark of a good piece of art is when people can have different interpretations, so I think it's entirely possible that people on the right and the left will both vote for it. The popularity of 'American Sniper' is an indication that a lot of people like it, and that includes red states, blue states and Oscar voters. If anything, I think people in Hollywood are encouraged -- after the box office dropped in 2014 -- that a January movie can make this money.