Best Picture may be the top honor at the Academy Awards, but is it the best category? From the nominees excluding popular titles to the winner often being criticized as the safe choice, it’s undoubtedly the most contentious part of the Oscars. In spite of being voted on democratically by more than 6,000 people, there is always some sort of backlash from those movie fans outside of the Academy, especially now that the category includes more nominated titles.
To make up for our usual frustration with Best Picture, many of us have another favorite award category. Maybe we’re nonfiction lovers and recognize and appreciate that the Best Documentary Feature category keeps getting stronger every year. Or perhaps we take particular interest in a specific artistic craft, such as Best Production Design or Best Costume Design, which allows for visually iconoclastic works. At the website In Contention, for instance, Oscar pundit Guy Lodge is really into the costume design category because of the imaginative fashions by the late Eiko Ishioka nominated for Mirror Mirror, and not just because she passed away a year ago this week.
Lodge also admits appreciating when a film gets a single nomination, which can happen in any category but is more likely for mainstream fare in craft competitions like Best Costume Design, Best Visual Effects and the two sound awards. However, it often happens that the winners of these below-the-line categories are critically disliked movies such as Alice in Wonderland and Death Becomes Her, yet much-loved films like Shawshank Redemption and Psycho (both of which received a lot of nominations) are not.
One category that has always been a good spot for really creative films is Best Original Screenplay. This is where we regularly see such clever, unsafe efforts as Memento, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie as well as such inventive blockbusters as Back to the Future, Inception and Big. Meanwhile, a category that many see as too separated from the celebration of film craft is Best Original Song, especially in years where it goes to a track not from a musical or which isn’t at least a theme song, such as this year’s “Skyfall.”
Of course, a lot of you might simply favor the acting categories for their recognizable faces and disfavor the shorts categories for how obscure their nominations are for the majority of those who tune in to the Academy Awards. The most divisive might be Best Foreign Language Film, which always features lesser known titles but which tends to also feature the truly best pictures of the year and yet which is constantly criticized for its qualification and submission limitations.
My current favorite category is Best Documentary Feature, and my current least favorite is Best Original Song. What are yours?
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Morning matt guess who finally got to finish the hunger games movie last night
Finally! It said on your page that you liked it!
Yup action packed intense and gripping. Jennifer Laurence has displayed the most spectacular female performance I've seen in an action film since Anne Hathaway in the dark knight rises and she has a future ahead of her
Yes. I know I've seen The Hunger Games before
I know by the way what do you think of my decision to see the smurfs sequel in 3D
Its OK, I don't care which format you see it in
Since like i said the original was worth the extra 3 dollars and the glasses maybe they will do something bigger and better
And Mike today Joseph Gordon Levit addressed the Man of steel rumors
Its Matt not Mike for the thousand time guess your a sucker
Sorry get mixed up with names anyway JGL said he'll announce weither or not he'll do Man of Steel on Twitter
He said that he won't, search Man of Steel online
I bet he's trying to surprise us
By the way, why does it say you want to see Smurfs 2 in 3D and 2D?
Well i put I'm out on The Smurfs 2D and now I want IN for 3D since when the first one came out it was worth the extra 3 dollars
Got all that matt
Yes fandad, sometimes you don't need to remind me
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Guess were both suckers
Have not heard you say that in over a week or two
That's because it comes once in a Blue Moon
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