The question was brought up on Twitter recently whether or not the Academy can deal with sex, specifically gay or lesbian sex and whether or not it effects the film’s so-called Oscar potential. Oscar potential, by the way, is a phrase I’ve always defined as: whether the film is good or not. Nothing else should matter. By Oscar potential, people usually hedge their bets, as in, “It’s not an Oscar movie,” or “An animated film can’t win Best Picture,” etc. It’s not really about whether or not it CAN. It can. But will it, and what will be the reasons it will or it won’t.