March 2, 2014 at 9:48 pm #145393
I have heard people gripe on many forums about how The King’s Speech sucked, or The Artist sucked, or Argo sucked, and the trend will most likely continue as Twelve Years a Slave eked out over Gravity. I actually felt that the win was well deserved because I felt that Gravity was the most overrated film of 2013 (please don’t spam my message board with hate emails, I have already recieved enough from my friends and family, thank you). Which leads to the question, does the Academy keep giving the “wrong” films the Best Picture Oscar?March 2, 2014 at 9:54 pm #145395
Nope. Didn’t get it wrong this year. So…this thread?March 2, 2014 at 10:11 pm #145396
No, I don’t think they got it wrong at all. 12 Years also isn’t the type of film that fits this scenario: People love it too much, tout it as a masterpiece. Things could change with time, I guess, but I don’t think so. I think this will be considered one of those few times when Oscar DID get it right. It’s not like The King’s Speech winning over The Social Network, or Chicago beating The Pianist or Crash upsetting Brokeback, where’s theres such a consensus that those films were better. I’m relieved Gravity lost. If it did, I think it would have fitted this scenario, with Gravity being criticized immensely by 12 Years A Slave fans.March 2, 2014 at 10:14 pm #145397
I think this year’s winner will hold up.
No for King’s Speech, Artist, or Argo. The former and latter had great competition that was divisive, leading to lowest common denominator wins. Artist had weak competition, bad year in general for nominations.March 2, 2014 at 10:37 pm #145398
Wrong, perhaps. But definitely a trend toward awarding BP to less and lesser seen movies. The bottom 3 least-earning BP winners, adjusted for inflation, are from 2009, 2011 and 2013.March 2, 2014 at 10:45 pm #145399
I don’t get it. You complain when movies are not as widely seen and win, and you also complain with Lord of the Rings winning Best Picture, saying Coppola was robbed? Huh?March 2, 2014 at 10:54 pm #145400
This one will hold up. And it will inspire more people to see it. Though I liked Gravity more and predicted it I’m content and pleased with 12 years winning.
MY only concern is that predicting best picture will now be simply a matter of waiting to see what movie is the big hit out of telluride and TIFF…March 2, 2014 at 10:59 pm #145401
Recent BP winners are under more pressure because people know what they are up against. No one remembers who The English Patient or Gigi beat. Looking thorugh the list, people don’t question why older winners beat a certain film, they just accept it, it’s done. What is the longest stretch of “good” films winning BP? 3-5 years?March 3, 2014 at 12:12 am #145402
Choose another year to make this argument. 12 Years a Slave was the most critically acclaimed film of the year.March 3, 2014 at 5:27 am #145403
They shockingly got it right this year for the first time in almost 15 years, so no.March 3, 2014 at 5:46 am #145404
It’s pointless debating it. Some people love 12YaS, and some people don’t. Best Picture wins are always going to be divisive.March 3, 2014 at 6:52 am #145405
12 Years is a fantastic film! However Gravity was better and should have won.March 3, 2014 at 7:05 am #145406
It could have been worse (like Bravehart).March 3, 2014 at 8:01 am #145407
Either a Gravity or a 12YAS win wouldn’t have made it “wrong”. Both got phenomenal reviews and ratings.
But with all the precursors pointed toward 12YAS all season long, a Gravity’s win would “feel” wrong and promise to be controversial.March 3, 2014 at 8:10 am #145408
Usually yes, this year no. This is the first time in six years I’ve agreed with them.*
*Slumdog Millionaire and The Artist were the best 2008 and 2011 nominees, respectively, but they were not the best of their years.