“Truth is stranger than fiction, but it is because Fiction is obliged to stick to possibilities; Truth isn’t.” ― Mark Twain
Once again it appears that the Weinstein Co. could very well be headed for the big prize, their third consecutive Best Picture win with their scrappy little movie that could.
The recent trend away from more challenging fare towards more sentimental, feelgood films really started with Fox Searchlight’s Slumdog Millionaire. Its Oscar backstory was that it had almost gone straight to video but was suddenly discovered on the festival circuit — so when it started winning stuff, the shock of that added to the miraculous way the film itself turned out. There have been many feelgood movies that never won Best Picture leading up to 2008 — in fact, you could comb through Oscar history and find that voters used to think that happily-ever-after wasn’t a substantial enough ingredient to award a film Best Picture. But that changed with Slumdog. Though The Hurt Locker won the following year, the Slumdog model would return with a vengeance with The King’s Speech — an unlikely, British-born underdog that offered up a happy ending. It wasn’t a bad film but it was one many people “just loved.” Sure, it was about history, Britain in the 1930s, but it was really about a triumph of the male ego.