Perhaps one of the greatest controversies is which movie won "best picture." As you know, Green Book won. Various critics have suggested that it was a "feel good movie" and that it "got race wrong." That it was a new iteration of Driving Miss Daisy, but this time the white person in the front and the black man in the back.
Here's the issue--the Academy Awards purport to be about the best. The best in each category across the entire spectrum of movie making. But, frequently that is NOT the way the voting works. Obviously, preference is a personal thing. What I like, you may not. And the Academy is made up of people voting. So, you get the most popular, not necessarily the best.
Remember the list of which movie won in the previous blog? Here are the answers. The winner is in bold italics.
- The Ten Commandments Around the World in 80 Days
- Ordinary People Raging Bull
- L.A. Confidential Titanic
- The King's Speech The Social Network
- Chicago The Pianist
- Zero Dark Thirty Argo
- Goodfellas Dances with Wolves
- Brokeback Mountain Crash
- How Green was my Valley Citizen Kane