Elites aren't elite because their opinions are superior, or they think their opinions are superior, they are elites because they are superior in their craft. They are the best in their business. The fact that someone thinks he/she can speak loudly, openly, publicly of their opinions simply because they are successful in their occupation confuses me. For example, Ms Streep. She is an awesome actress who doesn't play Meryl Streep in her roles but becomes and plays the character in an amazing way in every one of her movies. I don't care for her political opinions. If she might study, learn, specialize in politics, well then maybe her political opinions would be worthy of public expression. Otherwise, her opinions and 79¢ can get a Senior Citizen a cup of coffee at McDonalds. She was arrogant expressing no humility in accepting her elite recognition. Why should we value it and why should HFPA support the dissemination of her opinion? At least, Susan Sarandon writes an op-ed occasionally. Any one telling me what to think or do should have some expertise in the field of endeavor. Otherwise, they are novices just as I am. The ability to read a script, play a role and express emotion from someone else's writing doesn't qualify a person to claim superior knowledge or even a higher moral ground much less elite status in a field they've demonstrated no more competence than the average joe.