Better Movie Awards: A Guide to the Stupidity of the Oscars by R B Banfield

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R B Banfield
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Better Movie Awards: A Guide to the Stupidity of the Oscars

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The Academy Awards® have left their mark on film history, and it’s not a good one. What began as a novelty quickly became a coveted prize amongst the Hollywood elite. Studios fought studios and actors fought actors, and as the years rolled on and the silliness increased, their Big Show somehow became more important than the actual movies. Then came the popular myth that winning an Oscar® guaranteed more box-office returns, which led to films being manufactured entirely to win awards; a sub-genre disguised as “important” films, usually concerning an important person with some kind of disease or physical hardship; basically a famous person whose life was sad and miserable—wouldn’t that make a good movie! But fans of motion picture history know what the great films are, and the okay films, and the bad films, and the Oscar-winning films. They know what the best films were last year, regardless of how many Oscars were handed out. They know the great actors and the great directors, and they know that if a film is popular, that means it’s probably good. They know that if a popular film is a comedy, or a sci-fi, or an action, it’s probably worth watching and enjoying. The Academy turns up its nose to such films, and acts like they’re beneath them, and boo to them for doing that. BETTER MOVIE AWARDS lists all the craziness from each Oscar ceremony. It has all the films and actors, including the ignored good and the nominated bad, from every category and every ceremony. There is “the Good, the Bad and the Ugly” for each year, and indexes of every nominated film, every actor, every actress and every director, up to and including the 2015 show (in which we were all very grateful that Boyhood did not win, and were kind of happy that Birdman won, except we think that Whiplash was probably better).

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