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Sunday, February 24, 2013

My annual boycott of the Academy Awards

The biggest movies of 2012 are ignored by the Academy.

Just say no to Hollywood's orgy of Self-Masturbation
  • The ratings for the Oscars keep slipping as it degenerates into a self-absorbed Hollywood world of millionaires patting each other on the back for being so smart and artsy.

By Gary:

I stopped watching the Oscars years and years ago.  I was tried of feeding into an overly long live TV orgy of self-masturbation.  Others appear to feel the same way.  Ratings have been slipping with more younger viewers fleeing to different programming.

But I suspect a good chunk of the problem is viewers simply don't care.  Why should they?  No one asks our opinion on best movie, actor or director.  But the Hollywood Elite demands that the entire world should care about the awards they give to each other in what used to be a small privately held party.

In an attempt to "relate" to the common people out there the Academy is dragging out all the different James Bonds and the cast of the Avengers to parade on stage.  But no Oscar for them please.  That is so low brow.

So, since Hollywood does not care about the movies I like my boycott will continue.

The Top 10 Grossing 2012 Movies

Not one of the top 10 movies was even nominated for Best Picture.  The public spoke with their money in buying tickets.  But Hollywood could care less at award time.

RankTitle (click to view)Studio*

WorldwideDomestic / %Overseas / %
1Marvel's The AvengersBV$1,511.8$623.441.2%$888.458.8%
3The Dark Knight RisesWB$1,081.0$448.141.5%$632.958.5%
4The Hobbit: An Unexpected JourneyWB$960.0$300.431.3%$659.668.7%
5Ice Age: Continental DriftFox$875.3$161.318.4%$714.081.6%
6The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2Sum.$828.8$291.935.2%$536.964.8%
7The Amazing Spider-ManSony$752.2$262.034.8%$490.265.2%
8Madagascar 3: Europe's Most WantedP/DW$742.1$216.429.2%$525.770.8%
9The Hunger GamesLGF$686.5$408.059.4%$278.540.6%
10MIB 3Sony$624.0$179.028.7%$445.071.3%

You love me, you really love me!
The Oscars drag on for hours and hours in an endless parade of multi-millionaire "pretty" people going on and on about their struggles and thanking people we never heard of and could care less about.  Pure Bullshit.

2012 Best Picture Nominees

The Hollywood Elite live in a bubble.  They mostly hate the wonderful and very creative blockbuster movies that made them all multi-millionaires.

Not one of the movies nominated for Best Picture was in the top 10 box office.

For some strange reason they think the "acting" in the obscure French film Amour is somehow magically better than Daniel Craig's acting in the 007 blockbuster Skyfall.

2012 (85th Academy Awards)
FilmProduction company(s)Producer(s)
AmourSony Pictures ClassicsMargaret Menegoz, Stefan Arndt, Veit Heiduschka and Michael Katz
ArgoWarner Bros.Grant Heslov, Ben Affleck, and George Clooney
Beasts of the Southern WildFox SearchlightDan Janvey, Josh Penn, and Michael Gottwald
Django UnchainedThe Weinstein Co., ColumbiaStacey Sher, Reginald Hudlin, and Pilar Savone
Les MisérablesUniversal, Working Title FilmsTim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Debra Hayward, and Cameron Mackintosh
Life of Pi20th Century FoxGil Netter, Ang Lee, and David Womark
LincolnTouchstone, DreamWorks, 20th Century FoxSteven Spielberg and Kathleen Kennedy
Silver Linings PlaybookThe Weinstein Co.Donna Gigliotti, Bruce Cohen, and Jonathan Gordon
Zero Dark ThirtyColumbiaMark Boal, Kathryn Bigelow, and Megan Ellison
Hugh Jackman is a brilliant actor. But the believable pain and suffering he brought to the screen as Wolverine or as Stanley in Swordfish is totally ignored by the phony Academy because those movies were enjoyed by the masses of movie goers. Instead he is given a Best Actor nomination when he plays a so-called "classic" character in Les Misérables.

But ignoring quality, classic acting is nothing new to the Academy.
Sean Connery, one the greatest actors, was ignored in Goldfinger.
Following in Sean Connery's footsteps.
The Academy also says Daniel Craig's acting is not worthy of consideration
because it is enjoyed by countless millions of people.  So if the Academy
could care less what the public likes, why should we watch their show? 



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