Thalassery: This year's Oscar awards and the Kerala State Film Awards share the same political views, chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan said here on Sunday.
Unlike in the past, the state award jury recognized films that narrated the tales of the oppressed and Dalits while films by the Black people won top honors in the Oscars, Pinarayi said as he gave away the state awards to the winners.
"At a time when anti-Dalit stances become part of the central government's scheme of things, it's a matter of hope to see that films on subaltern subjects are coming up in Malayalam," he said.
The chief minister slammed the actors who stayed away from the function. He said those who did not win the awards also had a moral responsibility to attend the ceremony.
"This is an event for the progress of cinema. There is no need to issue special invites for any film personality to such an event. Everybody may not be able to attend. But they should have a feeling to come here," he said.
The chief minister gave away the JC Daniel award for lifetime achievement to veteran filmmaker Adoor Gopalakrishnan. Vinayakan and Rejisha Vijayan received the awards for best actor and actress respectively.
Vidhu Vincent received the awards for best director. As many as 12 senior film personalities were honored at the event.