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Why The Academy Awards Don't Matter


A Nice Little Article By A.O. Scott of the New York Times (also, my favorite film critic):

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/02/21/movies/awardsseason/21mani.html?_r=1&ref=movies


My thoughts:

I have almost no interest in this year's awards.  The nominated films seem...common, like they have this formula for "Oscar success" [i.e. literary adaptations and biopics].

The most interesting (AND heartwarming) film I saw all year was Wall-E.  The Dark Knight was also high quality, although not as good as all the hype would have you believe.  As far as "more intelligent" (i.e. pretentious) fare is concerned, I really, really want to see Fatih Akin's latest ("The Edge of Heaven"...I'm not sure what the for reals German title is) and Jonathan Demme's "Rachel Getting Married."

Even looking at critics top ten lists for the year, and you'll see the inrelevance of the Oscars.  A.O. Scott's only has one Oscar nominated Best Picture on it: http://www.nytimes.com/2008/12/21/movies/21scot.html
There was another one where MSN polled 10-ish critics and compiled their results, where at least five of the films were foreign.  This is, in part, because of the writer's strike of last year, but partly because American cinema isn't always concerned with originality in story or even in technical aspects like cinematography or editing.

Basically, the movies nominated for best picture this year at the Oscars do not intrigue me.  I wish every year could be like last year, where all the best picture nominees where interesting on some level, if not always good.

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