June 24, 2009

The Oscars: Now Less Than Ever!

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences have announced The Oscars will include ten Best Picture nominees this year instead of the usual five.

The end result will be more promotional ammunition for arty Oscar bait that no one wants to see twice, and a dilution of the Oscar brand: a symbol of "quality" for the industry which brings us Transformers 2 and Norbit. Let's be blunt for a moment: the Oscars are the prestige cherry atop a shit sundae.

I find it amazing that they have made this change three months after the weakest Best Picture pool in memory. The contrast is doubly delicious when, in the third paragraph, they invite us to compare today's forgettable fare with the truly epic competition of 1939:

  • "Gone With the Wind"
  • "Dark Victory,"
  • "Goodbye, Mr. Chips,"
  • "Love Affair,"
  • "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington,"
  • "Ninotchka,"
  • "Of Mice and Men,"
  • "Stagecoach,"
  • "The Wizard of Oz," and
  • "Wuthering Heights."