As I look over the list of movies nominated for Best Picture Oscars, I find it curious that none of the top grossing films of 2005 are on this list.
Best Picture nominations are:
Good Night, and Good Luck
I have seen exactly none
of these films, in fact none
of these films was even on the top ten grossing pictures of 2005, yet somehow they are all up for best picture awards. In fact you have to go all the way down to #48 before even one of these supposed best picture nominees appears.
The top ten grossing films of 2005 are:
1 Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith
2 Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
3 The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
4 War of the Worlds
5 King Kong
6 Wedding Crashers
7 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
8 Batman Begins
10 Mr. & Mrs. Smith
Yet not a single one of these films is getting any decent recognition, the only Oscars nominations any of these top grossing films are getting are things like ART DIRECTION, CINEMATOGRAPHY, MAKEUP and COSTUME DESIGN.
You have to come to the conclusion that Hollywood is so far out of touch with the rest of us that they have no clue what so ever what a good movie is.
It seems a poorly made film with a leftist political agenda will get more Oscar recognitions that an excellently made film that made tons of money and has no political agenda.
Sadly, a great movie like Serenity only made $25.5 million domestically and appears #97 on the list of top grossing films, but this is still higher than 2 of the pictures nominated for best picture Oscars. (Good Night, and Good Luck #99 $25.1 mil and Capote #127 $15.7 mil)....Mind boggling!!!
When Titanic won its 11 Oscars including Best Picture, it was the top grossing film of that year easily and no one could deny that it was in fact the best picture of 1997. But I would bet my house that if Brokeback Mountain was released in 1997, Titanic would have lost the best picture Oscar to it.
I donâ€™t know but I have my suspicions, but all of us that spent our money on Star Wars, Harry Potter and The Chronicles of Narnia must be stupid in the eyes of Hollywood. They must be perplexed that Batman Begins made almost 4 times the amount of money than a movie about a couple of gay cowboys.
It must really twist their reality depraved heads.
So as the 78th Academy Awards approaches, just keep in mind of who we are dealing with when you see who is taking home the Oscars and realize that the Oscars are no longer about what the best movie was or who turned in the best performance.....rather its about politics, political correctness and making an anti-establishment statement.
And thatâ€™s just sad because there are some truly wonderful films that should be getting their dues Oscar wise and instead are getting ignored.
I do take comfort in the fact that an incredibly fantastic film like The Chronicle of Narnia has made over $500 million and will get a sequel while a crap fest like Brokeback Mountain will fade away as a footnote in Hollywood history.
And just for the record, in my mind, The Chronicles of Narnia is clearly the best film of 2005. In fact is has to be the best film in the last five years at least. But because it had some Christian themes in it, it will never be recognized by the folks in lala land (aka Hollywood).
I don't think there is even a point in watching the Oscars this year, we all know what movie is gonna win....and that's just sad.
**All stats and figures are pulled from http://www.boxofficemojo.com and http://www.imdb.com