Archive for January 5, 2011

The Oscar Quest

Who hasn’t had a moment watching a movie that’s won an Academy Award where you stop and go, “Why the hell did this win?”

We do it all the time. Watching an Oscar nominee (knowing already that it is one) automatically puts you in the place of judgment. A film has to live up to its title. You view it in the context of other films released around it or those it was nominated with and beat or lost to. It’s nearly impossible to remain objective when it comes to award winners (unless you don’t know until after you see it. But even then you’re like, “Really? That won? What was it up against? Oh, it definitely shouldn’t have beaten that.”). (more…)