5. If it doesn’t make you cry it won’t win Best Picture. Sure, it always helps if you cry but it is hardly a pre-requisite. Every year there are movies that make you cry in the lineup and they don’t win. War Horse left me a soggy wreck, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close produced sobs and standing ovations. Little Miss Sunshine, The Reader, you name it and they aren’t tears-producing. What does win? Movies that people don’t hate. The more people that hate your movie the less of a chance you have to win. The Artist, The King’s Speech, The Hurt Locker, Slumdog Millionaire, No Country for Old Men – these were really hard films to hate and only two of them were sob-inducing.
4. Hey Adam Lambert criticizing the singing in Les Miserables – when your only claim to fame is runner-up on American Idol you aren’t exactly an authority on what constitutes great singing. Sure, I loved you on American Idol – you were my favorite – really wanted you to win. And maybe I agree with you about Russell Crowe but the rest of the singers? There might be ten things wrong with Les Mis but the singing ain’t one of them. It isn’t clear what possessed you to make such a claim against actors who really did give it 100% and all of whom could outsing any winner on American Idol any day of the week.