This year’s new rules for the Academy Award for Best Documentary will drastically change the voting process, favoring more recognizable and popular titles. During the process of whittling down this year’s 149 eligible docs to the final five nominees, time-stressed documentary branch members may only watch and therefore nominate the most recognizable of titles. As HBO’s Sheila Nevins told Variety, “The underdog is not going to make any noise. Only the ones that are most known will be seen.”
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Drinking about the Academy Awards.
I’d like to take a step back from the aggressive glamour of Oscar season and examine these Best Films of The Year (according to one particular group of people) from a specialist’s point of view. These films have issues, y’all. For those of us who have hustled out to see them, we’ve been exposed to a whole host of disorders. Not to worry, though—for every Best Picture nominee there is a sure-fire antidote.
The upping of the number of best picture nominees to ten in 2009 has only resulted in a greater volume of forgettable titles slipping through the cracks. This seems to be the case as well for Oscar years before 1944, when there were generally ten nominees. What’s most fascinating is not that these films are largely forgotten, but that at one point they meant something to large numbers of people, and are now basically lost to time.
Jim and James swapping Oscar picks: What could go wrong with that?
The Monkey Biz travels back to Madagascar, wrestles Prometheus, and trash-talks a metal-maned Tom Cruise.
Hi, I just got back from the movies. Boy, are they the coolest. Thanks for the suggestion, Billy Crystal, Brian Grazer, and the Academy. Together, I believe we can teach everyone in the world about the movies.