Starscream GaGa wrote:
Evil_the_Nub wrote:If it weren't for the Oscars movies like The King's Speech, A Beautiful Mind, and Gandhi would never have been made. That's my point, they make the same cookie cutter Oscarbait movies every year just so they can win a trophy and feel important. Rarely are these movies memorable. Take 2008 for example, what won best picture? Slumdog Millionaire. What else came out in 2008? The Dark Knight, which wasn't even nominated. Which movie has already been forgotten and which is going to be a classic? I'll give you a clue, nobody is eager to see The Slumdog Rises. They give these trophies to the movies that follow the same formula, whether or not they're the best. That's what makes it a circle jerking joke. It's not "Best Picture" or "Best Visual Effects" it's Best Picture and Visual Effects that follows the same recipe year after year.
OK, two things here:
The Dark Knight is part of nerd culture and already had a huge fanbase because of the previous Batman comics, movies and TV shows. It got a huge amount of attention due to Heath Ledger dying and actually did win a lot
of awards. Slumdog Millionare was a stand-alone movie.
Secondly, DOTM is not a classic and simple things like Hugh Jackman's opening to the 2008 Oscars is far more memorable than the entire flick.
I'm not denying there is such a thing as Oscar bait, but really, I can just imagine the fanwank that would occur had DOTM won an award. This site, for instance, would be shoe-horning "Oscar-Award Winning DOTM" on every second news post. Transfans would care if DOTM had won an award.
The Dark Knight didn't succeed just because it was a Batman movie. Remember Batman and Robin? It bombed because it was awful despite it being a Batman movie. The point I was making is even though Slumdog Millionaire won best picture the Dark Knight is the better film. It made a much bigger impact, everyone was talking about it, and I'll be damned surprised if it's not considered a classic in the future. Like Star Wars, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Jaws, and Back to the Future. None of which won best picture, but are more remembered and known than the movies that did. When is the last time you heard anyone mention Slumdog Millionaire? Probably the Monday after it won best picture around the water cooler at work.
No one is saying DotM should have won best picture, but the fact that it lost on visual effects is an insult to the people at ILM.