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If you want to remove the “bad” part of coffee, you DeCaffeinate
If you want to remove the offending aroma from a room, you DeOdorize
And if you want to give the award issued by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to a more deserving recipient, you must DeOscarize the current holder.
DeOscarize THE ARTIST
Best Picture 2011
Besides my reluctance to DeOscarize anyone who is living, Olivia DeHavilland being the exception because I don’t think she’d argue too strongly about her mediocre role in the mediocre film To Each his Own as long as she gets to keep the Academy Award she received deservedly so, for The Heiress.
Another reason DeOscarize.com concentrates on vintage movies is because I believe that THE TEST OF TIME MEASURES THE GREATNESS OF A FILM. If a film or a film performance still has the juice even after decades of time, that film deserves special recognition even if it didn’t receive its due recognition in its own time. There are those who come to DeOscarize.com, urging me to DeOscarize contemporary films. And based on the criteria I just stated, that is a difficult task and somewhat unfair. However there is a great consensus about one particular film, very recent in DeOscarize.com terms and that is the choice made by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in 2011 when it named as Best Picture, The Artist. “The Artist”? “You chose The Artist?” as Best Picture 2011. That’s what I was saying that night on the 26th of February, 2012.
I can’t believe the Academy chose The Artist, Best Picture 2011. I hate silent movies. I look at silent movies the same way a millennial looks at black and white. Yecch. And the artist is silent and black and white. What was the Academy thinking? I can only think of one thing; They were caught in a spell; a spell cast by a dog
and Harvey Weinstein
who has got to be the greatest Hollywood schmoozer in history. It was the schnauzer and the schmoozer. They’ve gotta be the reason and the only reason I can see that a movie like the artist could possibly prevail over one of the greatest “wouldn’t-it-be-great-if” movies ever made, Woody Allen’s Midnight in Paris.
Then there’s the visually stunning and thematically rich Hugo
with an overlooked performance by Ben Kingsley as film pioneer Georges Mêlié.
Both have been snubbed by the Academy at one time or another. Remember Sexy Beast?
What about Bridesmaids? Hugely popular!
Personally I think it’s the It Happened One Night of the 20-teens.
And the last installment of the Harry Potter series that is, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2.
As usual, visually stunning and incredibly popular! That should have at least rated a nomination knowing how much the Academy appreciates big box office. Moneyball gets nominated and Harry Potter doesn’t? Come on! And the Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. It will stand the test of time. Mark my words.
So too will a film that years from now, film buffs will say, how could the Academy have overlooked Roland Emmerich’s Anonymous;
great visually, a literate, excellent script and some wonderful peformances especially from Vanessa Redgrave,
her daughter Joely Richardson
and Reese Ifans.
I can’t believe it’s the same actor I saw in Notting Hill. Good actor.
I think really there’s no question about it. THE DOG CAN STAY BUT THE ARTIST HAS TO GO. So I have decided to do something now that I probably would or will do twenty years from now and that is to DeOscarize The Artist. The thing is which film will we DeOscarize it for. It’s got to be one of those mentioned above. GO TO LEAVE A REPLY for your input on this decision and make your selection as to which of the movies mentioned above will be The NEW Best Picture of 2011. There’s also the possibility that you have a nominee in mind. Make your case! Midnight in Paris looks good to me. So does Anonymous. There are some of you I’m sure who would go for Bridesmaids. So many possibilities but only one dog!
Of course I can see where folks might think I’m wrong. I believe I made my case to DeOscarize THE ARTIST. Can you make the case to prevent it? For which film in 2011 would you DeOscarize The Artist, if at all? Let’s discuss it.
Pick a year! Pick a category! Pick a Nominee!
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