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22 February 2009 @ 10:42 pm
Why I think the Oscars are a load of crap  
According to which films won Best Picture, and which films were nominated:



The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King is a better film than Lost in Translation

Gladiator is a better film than Traffic

Shakespeare in Love
is a better film than Elizabeth

Shakespeare in Love is a better film than Life Is Beautiful

Shakespeare in Love is a better film than Saving Private Ryan

Shakespeare in Love is a better film than The Thin Red Line

Titanic is a better film than L.A. Confidential

The English Patient
is a better film than Fargo

Forrest Gump
is a better film than Pulp Fiction

Dances with Wolves
is a better film than Goodfellas



That's only going back as far as 1990, and doesn't include the films that weren't even nominated (obviously the American establishment didn't go anywhere near Fight Club). Not to mention the travesties in the acting categories (I wish the name Helen Hunt was just rhyming slang).



And, looking at this year's most talked about nomination, don't get me wrong, I think that Heath Ledger's performance as The Joker was absolutely superb and deserving of recognition. But, does anyone really believe that he'd be the short-priced favourite for Best Supporting Actor for his performance as a comic book villain if he hadn't so tragically lost his life?



Saying that voting in the Academy Awards is "all political" is putting it mildly. Both self-congratulatory and deeply flawed, the Oscars measure neither a film's popularity, nor its artistic merit. Enjoy the party, Hollywood, but don't think it's any more than that.

Originally published at Prosthetic Cerebrum.

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Andrewdelwyn on February 23rd, 2009 12:02 am (UTC)
Ignore his death. His performance was amazing.

Look at it this way: before The Dark Knight there was a generally accepted definitive performance of the Joker, by Jack Nicholson. Ledger's Joker was so good that it surpassed Nicholson's Joker. That's something deserving recognition.
Jacobyak_boy on February 23rd, 2009 12:22 am (UTC)
I'm not saying he shouldn't win awards for it.
I'm just saying that the Academy Awards, in giving the Oscar to Ledger (which they almost certainly will), are being internally inconsistent.

Major Oscars (i.e. The Big 6: best film, director, actor, actress, supporting actor, supporting actress) are almost never given to any films that don't fit the standard drama mould.

In giving one of The Big 6 to a film that's based on a comic book, the Academy is really stepping outside its well-defined conservatism. This is a good thing, don't get me wrong, but its the exception that highlights the rule.