Oscar fever is in the air. And I'm just another one caugh in the mania - but not about the films. I love the fashion and I can't wait to see what the stars will be wearing when they enter in the pre-show, but that's where my enjoyment ends. I am dissappointed with the way the Osacars have changed in their films choices over the past two decades. Slowly, but surely, the Oscars have veered from their original mandate and become an awards show that rewards esoteric films and completely ignores those popular films that everyone goes to see.
Most of the time I haven't even heard of the films until they are nominated for an Oscar. And I'm not the only one. Las year's Best Picture noms were sorely lacking the presence of "Dark Knight." Heath Ledgers haunting performance as the joker was only one aspect of this great tale. And it was a blockbuster sensation to boot.
This year the list is sorely missing another film that was a blockbuster sensation, and a really masterful script and production as well - "Star Trek." This modern re-imagining had great pacing, lovable characters, a witty script, and it looked friggin' awesome.
Now, I'm not saying that every film that is popular deserves an Oscar nod. But over the last while the Oscars have generally grown averse to nominating films that are sucessful at the box office. For those of you who want to write me, let me pre-empt you by saying that this is the general trend - sometimes relatively popular films do make it into the line-up. But it seems that their popularity is considered a detriment rather than a benefit to their nomination. I just wish that Oscar would return to those days of glory when "Casablanca" and "Gon with the Wind" were nominated - both considered hits. Popular films should not, by default, face an uphill battle when it comes to nominations.