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  • Tyler The Awesome Guy
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    Every BP winner since 2005 (except for The Artist) has had an R rating. That led me to think, can a G-rated family film, like Babe or Hugo, actually feasably win against R-rated films in that same year, or at least be the frontrunner?

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    ETPhoneHome
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    It’s definitely possible for one to win, but they generally don’t give G ratings to films that aren’t geared specifically to children. Maybe an animated film could do it, but I think that we’re looking at PG at best.

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    No producer or studio would ever allow a film aimed at any audience above 10 have a G rating. It would be anathema to its box office potential. One could imagine the chance that Argo, The Artist, The King’s Speech (apart from the necessary “F word” use) could have been changed only slightly and become G rate. But that will never happen.

    So if a quality or Oscar best picture contending film (often quite different things) happened to deserve a G rating, the studio would either add content to make sure it didn’t or appeal the rating and ask for PG or PG-13. So no, because of that factor alone it won’t happen. 

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    babypook
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    Every BP winner since 2005 (except for The Artist) has had an R rating. That led me to think, can a G-rated family film, like Babe or Hugo, actually feasably win against R-rated films in that same year, or at least be the frontrunner?

    I dont think so Awesome Guy. They did give “Oliver” the win way back, but that was fledgling and ‘experimental’ as the first.

    But who knows? Things can take sudden and unexpected turns.  A huge G-rated hit with critical acclaim which a brave Producer/Director may put together, that makes billions, could change or put a blip into things.

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    Couch Potato
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    I think Beauty and the Beast came close, and I bet Babe was huge back then. I’m not sure anyone would take the film seriously enough with the G rating to consider it for the win.

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    KT
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    Hugo is not a G-rated film.  It was PG.

    No, a G-rated picture will never win the top Oscar.  Just as an animated film will never win. 

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    Ghost
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    Considering how far and few they are these days, no.

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    Tyler The Awesome Guy
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    Hugo is not a G-rated film.  It was PG.

    My mistake. Thank you!

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    No problem!  You were right with Babe.  Just checked Lion King and I’m kinda surprised it was G.

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    Tyler The Awesome Guy
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    No problem!  You were right with Babe.  Just checked Lion King and I’m kinda surprised it was G.

    I know, right? I love Lion King and everything, but the story on paper really seems like it shouldn’t be G-rated at all.

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    Eddy Q
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    How ironic that the G stands for ‘general audiences’ when it means box-office death for over-10s.

    In the UK, we have U for Universal which seems to have a little more scope than the US G-rating – films such as Pride and Prejudice and Hugo both received U-ratings, and a lot of old classics are U-rated even if they’re aimed for adult audiences. Though there haven’t been any U-rated BP winners since Oliver, at least to my knowledge.

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    babypook
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    [quote=”rbttk1721″]No problem!  You were right with Babe.  Just checked Lion King and I’m kinda surprised it was G.

    I know, right? I love Lion King and everything, but the story on paper really seems like it shouldn’t be G-rated at all.[/quote]

     

    O I dunno. This is the mantra of G-rated animated films. SPOILER ALERT The parent always dies. The orphan is left to struggle with the help of some friends, often inter-species, which is wonderful imo.

    Bambi

    The Land Before Time(s)

    Lion King

    Cinderella

    Snow White

    The Fox and The Hound

    Beauty and The Beast

    and I’m forgetting some. Besides, Simba, Nala, and the others may not be wearing any clothes, but their genitalia never shows.

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    Just remembered – the MPAA allows a film to assign itself a more restrictive rating than assigned – so it’s possible in recent years that a film given a G might have been self-rated PG to avoid the stigma. Not sure Hugo would have been one (it probably had just enough scary moments to qualify for PG), but that’s an example of a film that likely would have self-assigned.

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    Cheshire
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    No, mainly because it’s not the academy fault it’s the MPAA fault. I don’t want too go on a long rant but I think their needs too be a rating system. With that said though, they can make some of the stupidest dessions when it came too ratings.

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    Don’t know. Wall-E is the only G-rated film I can think from the past couple of years that should have been a serious contender. Pixar could probably pull it off, but they might self-assign that PG rating in just to be taken more seriously.

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