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I promised I would get to this and now the time has come. A while ago and this request has been on-going, some fans of DeOscarize.com have stated themselves to be no fans of the movie chosen by The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to be the Best Picture of 1997.
I refer to Titanic, the blockbuster presentation by James Cameron.
Now I once said and I still mean it somewhat that I can see their point about Titanic.
Effects were great,
the story predictable but effective, the performances believable if not artistically demanding.
And it had a great song, which always helps.
But better than some of these other nominees? Mmmm, I dunno.
And the Academy snubbed some great films in 1997 that still have the juice to this day.
Here’s the thing though, sometimes the Academy has gone with the fans rather than peers and critics because that’s where the money is. However if box office returns were to be the sole criteria for being chosen Best Picture by the Academy then look at some of the films of the 1990’s that would have had that ticket to immortality as opposed to an exit on to Easy Street.
I truly believe there are a lot of reasons to DeOscarize Unforgiven, mainly because of some of the movies that got snubbed by the Academy that year.
Food for future thought, though.
Whereas Independence Day and Armageddon.
Definintely guilty pleasures. Frankly I’d watch Independence Day
over The English Patient but point taken. Independence Day would not a good Best Picture 1996 make.
So, let us get to the nub of the question. With the other Best Picture 1997 nominees in mind as well as those, unfairly snubbed by the Academy, does Titanic deserve to be Best Picture 1997? The answer is yes. The reason is that every once in a very long while, a movie will have made so much more money than any other picture in history, the sheer popularity that created those box office returns should and does seem to take priority over the conventional Academy criteria. Titanic made over two billion dollars in 1997. That’s two billion There are less than a handful of movies that are so, so, so successful that they just have to be the Best Picture, no arguments, no if’s, and’s or but’s.
So welcome to DeOscarize.com. Here, you may affirm or deny my decision not to DeOscarize Titanic despite these other worthy films, nominated and not. Titanic is just too popular to deny and will remain Best Picture in the hearts of a whole generation of movie fans who will watch this movie whenever the opportunity presents itself for sixty years to come. Find me a better reason than that to change my decision. Well, you can try, anyway.
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Of course I can see where folks might think I’m wrong. I’m prepared to make my case for not DeOscarizing Titanic Best Picture 1997. Can you make the case to DeOscarize it? It shouldn’t be too hard considering the other nominees and the movies that got sunbbed that year. Is there a movie that you would DeOscarize Titanic for? Let’s discuss it.
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