Oscar Disconnect: Film That Lost Award Earned 5x More Than ‘Best Picture’ Winner
Next time Hollywood excuses whatever disposable drivel they spew out as filmmaking by saying “we only make what the country wants to see”, think of the actual stuff Middle America is hungry for. As former governor Mike Huckabee said this past January, there is a disconnect between the nation’s elite and Middle America. The films and people chosen at last night’s Oscars are proof of that.
According to Breitbart.com, many well-recieved blockbusters were snubbed this year in favor of films that no one will ever see. Plus, although one box office hit about the sacrifices of our military, American Sniper, eventually did get nominated, that didn’t mean it would be able to win. Sadly, the Academy doesn’t seem to think box office means quality filmmaking, but it does say something about what the public wants. The recent animated film Big Hero 6 (feature animation seems to be the only genre the Oscars get right due to having universal appeal) made at least 3x the amount of money as Harvey Weinstein’s Best Picture nominee The Imitation Game. Comparatively, the eight Best Picture nominees combined earned only $620 million, and had an average gross of only $77 million. Without American Sniper‘s massive earnings of $319 million, that number is just $300 million.
Of course, the Academy is allowed to nominate whatever it wants, and there are often at least a few films that are worthy of a nomination. Just ask the producers of Disney’s recent animated offerings Frozen and Big Hero 6. But, how the Oscars went last night apparently just goes to show that like most of the news media based in New York City, the film industry based in Los Angeles doesn’t care about Middle America, and confirms the public’s perception of the industry being “elitist”.
Back in the early days, Best Picture nominations usually went to movies that audiences loved the most that year. However, since Hollywood decided to turn its back on the whole of the American public, the Academy Awards show has become a way for Hollywood to pat itself on the back for films that only liberal actors and directors like. Syndicated columnist Brent Bozell talked about this in a 2008 column: “The Oscars used to be populist. Now they’re elitist – in the worst definition of the term … the Oscars used to award films with both artistic merit and strong audience appeal. The films that audiences love the most, movies that quickly become ‘classics,’ are today often skipped by Oscar snobs.”