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What gets me is that "historical" movies such as "Gladiator" and "Braveheart", which are basically fantasies can win while more honest fantasies are kept out. Or did I just imagine "Gladiator" won the academy award?


Lige makes a pretty important point, one I was going to phrase a different way: Take Titanic, for example. Here's a movie that everyone saw.


15 years later, does anyone think it was the best picture of that year? For that matter, was it even the best picture of the week it was released (The Little Mermaid and Amistad)?

There's some warped thought in Hollywood that, unless a major fantasy picture makes bookoo dinero or involves some ur-archetypal plot, it's nonsense. Meanwhile, small stories that really ARE best pictures, pictures we'll see in ten or fifteen or thirty years and settle in for with a bucket of popcorn and the lights out, are somehow overlooked.

It's absolutely ludicrous.

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