Hollywood-Elsewhere just posted a quote from Rope of Silicon’s Brad Brevet, which reads:
“The past few years of Oscar predictions have become quite boring as the conversation leading up to the show pretty much dictated the winners,” he continues. “Could it be the same again as the Social Network crowd reaches a fevered pitch?” While The Social Network “speaks squarely to the heart of the Gen-Y crowd” and The King’s Speech is “the one film that’s right up the Academy’s alley,” the game will be affected this weekend by Social Network ticket sales ” “another bullet point for the conversation to focus on.”
However, says Brevet, “true cinematic advancement in the Best Picture field won’t come with a Social Network win. Something like Darren Aronofsky’s ballet thriller Black Swan or Christopher Nolan’s Inception would mark an actual step forward. Will Nolan get the requisite ‘he deserved it Oscar for Batman 3 diminishing its cultural and cinematic significance? And when will one of Aronofsky’s forward-thinking features get the recognition it deserves?
“Oscar pundits wanting to crank the dial need start pushing films and decisions that truly change the landscape.”
And that’s because Oscar pundits are responsible for the Academy’s choices? On what planet, Brad? The votes are not determined by committee. The Academy members are not mindless drones who sit there trying to appease bloggers and critics.
I’ll never forget an interview I had with one older member who said that they don’t pay much attention to the jibber jabber: they vote for what they consider the “best movie.” The bloggers, critics and publicists can, perhaps, place in front of them a group to choose from but in the end, they are coming at their vote from a wholly different perspective from our own. They don’t write about movies, most of them; they make movies. Many of them have seen wunderkinds come and go – critics have been shoving films down the Academy’s throat for decades. Great films by daring directors have often not gotten attention by the Academy. This is why people say stuff like “it’s not an Oscar movie.” And that statement is true, for the most part, except when it isn’t. A great film by Academy standards is usually the one most people would agree upon as the best film of the year. The key word here is “most.”