So the nominees were announced this past week for the 89th Academy Awards.
These awards remain the most prestigious in film. And while many of you, dear readers, are of the opinion that all awards shows are terrible and should simply be shunned, it is my perpetual hope that Hollywood will reform itself and once again nominate movies that matter.
For example, here are the top 10 grossing films of the year:
1. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
2. Finding Dory
3. Captain America: Civil War
4. The Secret Lives of Pets
5. The Jungle Book
8. Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice
9. Suicide Squad
And if you exclude G-Rated children's films from the list, it would also include Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Doctor Strange, Jason Bourne, and Star Trek Beyond.
Keep in mind that I have always maintained that box office alone is not a statement about a film's quality. My own top ten of the year include:
1. Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice
2. 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi
3. Hacksaw Ridge
4. Captain America Civil War
5. Kung Fu
6. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
7. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
8. The Accountant
10. Finding Dory
While I am in the minority regarding my love of the movie I think was the best picture, more than half of the ones on my list are in the top ten box office.
This year's Oscars for Best Picture? Where do they rank?
Not a single one is from the top ten of the year and none of them (as of now) have made over $100 million.
This tells me 2 things:
1. This will once again be an incredibly low-rated Oscars. The majority of movie goers do not have a dog in this fight. Apathy is not a big ratings draw.
2. The winner will be insignificant. No one will really care about the winner in a few months. The Oscars used to be about timeless movies. But in the last decades they are about the film industry patting itself on the back for either being incredibly clever or send the "right" message. Spotlight, Birdman, 12 Years a Slave, Argo, The Artist... Are these all films people will still be watching in 10 years? (Of this list, I would favor Argo, which was an excellent movie. But Lincoln is the more timeless film of that year.)
So below are my thoughts on some (not all) of this year's nominees.
And make sure you scroll to the bottom if you would like to participate in this year's Oscar Game!