More things I don't understand about the Oscars:
The last list is better understood if applied to Washington/Wall Street.
There are red carpet dresses and addresses for sure.
There are, regrettably, even more numerous Bill Mahers and Sean Penns: more, certainly, in powerhouses than in HollyBollyJollywood, if that could be imagined.
There are a host of rich people who want, really want, to be cool oppressed people. They like the cachet and groove of self-conscious self-marginalization. They don't want to be poor or discommoded for real, mind you. Of course the gay crowd and the uber-feminists are these, obviously. But so are many Republicans, whose rhetoric has descended from the lecterns of Burke and Reagan to the grim couch of Beavis and Butthead.
There are piles of ironic solipsism spotting the field of commercial-politik (please note I have conflated these two worlds: they have been glued into the same Tower -- especially in these last few months of frenzy and bail-outs). Politics, philosophy, sociology and culture only follow spiritual realities. But on CNN, MSNBC, Fox and the used-to-be-big-three, there is no other world that the DC/Wall-Street infinite mirror.
There is, of course, the importance of sex, exotic sex, transgressive sex, transgendered sex, forget-gender sex, and especially, stick-it-to-the-church sex. Sex is sacrament, especially sex that is oppressed. Salvation, in today's AC market culture, is the liberation of the repressed.
There is the importance of music and (f)art as liturgical act in time of economic trouble. Transgressive art is especially redolent of religious intention. Look at the usual abstract, expressionistic and transgressive grim freneticism ... open your eyes and read into it augury and haruspication, the reading of tea leaves and Aztec heart surgery. You'll find the best of AC liturgy and mystique right there, in spades.
There is, at the end, a lot of modern importance. And that is all the trouble.