Tuesday, February 24, 2009

my only Oscars thought

The Academy's genre bias becomes less tenable every year. It ghettoizes animated and foreign films into their own "separate, but equal" categories and banishes action films to the depths of the technical awards.

This year the momentary breakdown of one bias only highlighting the continuance of the others.

Oscar failed to deal with the plain fact that two of the best, biggest efforts (if not the two) with the most impressive production and directing and overall execution that were the most entertaining, the two crown jewels of the film industry in 2008, were an action movie based on a comic book and an animated film with virtually no speaking lines.

These two movies put together won 3 awards. Slumdog Millionaire won 8.


TioChuy said...

I would like to add: Persepolis and Waltz with Bashir (although perhaps a little one sided.) The voters for these things have lost touch with normal people as much as most politicians.

Rene said...

While Slumdog was a good film, it was a not good mix. Iron man's mix was mind-blowing, as was its sound editing and it lost on both awards, which is a flat out shame.

Also, I agree that batman did not get the recognition it deserved.

el ranchero said...

Persepolis was pretty impressive (though if I remember correctly, it was a 2007 product). Haven't seen Waltz with Bashir yet, but I want to.

Iron Man was awesome.

TioChuy said...

I think you are right on Persepolis... though I also don't remember any awards for it.

el ranchero said...

It apparently was nominated for best animated film in '08. Ratatouille won that year.