I could see critics calling Mad Max: Fury Road “10 Best” just for the “Movies just like the old days, when they were good” factor, but even on Ep. VII’s bring-back-Kasdan-and-kick-out-Lucas level of satisfaction, there is no way, not no-how, that Force Awakens even approaches the outer borders of Best Picture material, with fans OR mainstream voters. I hate to be brutal, but Kylo Ren is the Jar-Jar of the Sequel Trilogy, and he’s the reason not to rent a tux this year. (And you had to be there in ’77 to understand why the first SW did get a nom, even if it lost to Annie Hall.) Picture is an open-voting category, and any movie, even Minions, can FYC itself for Picture in their ads, but that don’t mean they get it.
I know it’s an eight-nomination year–deliberately kept so that the voters would be allowed an animated Picture ballot for You-know-who, the standard by which all others of this year’s Picture hopefuls will be judged–but we’re not THAT desperate.
Hey dude. Keep your whiny opinions back in 1977, you diaper baby.
It’s not about “old fans vs. new fans”: I haven’t seen Spotlight, I haven’t seen Trumbo, I never see anything Tarantino directs, and I missed getting to see Bridge of Spies, so I’m waiting for Amazon…But in the Oscar race, I PITY THE FOOL who has to go up against Inside Out this year. 🙂 And that includes the mighty Sequel-trilogy machine.
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