Friday, February 28, 2014

Talking about movies, not necessarily Oscars

CL's News Editor reluctantly ruminates on the upcoming Academy Awards.

Posted By on Fri, Feb 28, 2014 at 10:00 AM

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As an inveterate moviegoer, this is an exciting time of year. Not because of what's playing in the multiplexes themselves, where the American film industry seems to think it's perfectly fine to offer up the dregs that somehow didn't make it to video-on-demand (where there's much more interesting fare). No, I'm talking about all the hype in print and on the Internet regarding the best of American movies in 2013, because of this weekend's major awards shows.

Shows, I write, because over the past decade I've actually become a bigger fan of the Independent Spirit Awards that air Saturday evening on the Independent Film Channel than the Oscars, but the Oscars are what everyone cares about on Sunday night.

Every article about the Oscars seem to be all about Who Will Win and/or Who Should Win. I get that, but since it's sort of random and really cannot be taken that seriously, I'd prefer to just concentrate on looking back at the year in cinema.

Because really, you know for whatever reason, the Oscars frequently get it wrong. Or do you forget when Raging Bull lost out to Ordinary People in April of 1981? Or Kevin Costner's Dancing With Wolves over Martin Scorsese's Goodfellas in 1991? Or Robert Altman's The Player not even being nominated for Best Picture in March of 1993?)

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