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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.

Jacobyak_boy on February 23rd, 2009 12:29 am (UTC)
Well, I could go over a bunch of reasons why I think that Return of the King is not a very good film, and why I think Lost in Translation is. But, I think it would be quicker to just say that obviously this list is based on my own personal opinion, and yours may differ. However, whilst there are many films that didn't win Best Picture that I think were better than the ones that did, these are the ones that I strongly feel the Academy got very wrong.

You can see my response above for more on what I feel about Ledger's nomination. I think in saying that his is the first nomination in ages you've understood you actually strengthen my argument. However, I've got to wonder if you've seen Javier Bardem in No Country For Old Men. He is superb, and deserved every accolade (in my opinion, of course).