It‚Äôs been a while since we could say there was an ‚ÄúOscar movie,‚Äù but that old trope roared to life today, as did the Oscar Whisperer, Harvey Weinstein‚Äôs dominance with the AMPAS. Longtime readers will recall that we always had a saying around here, ‚Äúnever underestimate the power of Harvey Weinstein.‚Äù I think we can bring that back today.
What is an ‚ÄúOscar movie‚Äù? Well, it‚Äôs what various Oscar pundits were banking on when they saw The King‚Äôs Speech in Toronto: it hit every note for Oscar — a period film, a bravura leading male performance by a beloved actor, a story that makes you care about the characters, and even a little Holocaust/World War II thrown in for good measure.
And ‚ÄúOscar movie‚Äù is also one that does well at the box office, but not too well. It does well with the critics but not too well. It usually bespeaks the better qualities of human beings, our higher selves, our ideal selves. It helps us out when times are tough by giving us a little tiny bit of hope in an otherwise cruel and cynical world. An ‚ÄúOscar movie‚Äù is the stuff of legends.