The truth is that maybe Denzel's depiction of a violent, successfully, drug dealing entrepreneurial thug was just too much in a year where all things revolve around the hope of Barack Obama. It wouldn't be the first time Hollywood, represented today by the Academy through the Oscar's, bowed to political correctness and cowardice. It's a rancid vein in our culture that never ceases to wield its influence. There simply is no other reason why "American Gangster" would get slighted as it has. On the merits of judging filmmaking, by any standards of excellence, it belongs in the Best Picture category.