Hollywood is way smarter than you [PHIL-OSOPHY]
In most cases, movie theaters no longer use the traditional movie format I grew up with. Since around 2000, digital projectors have been the industry standard. I wonder out loud if this is roughly the same timeline that the most popular movies have stopped being treated as the best movies by the Oscars, movie critics, and the Golden Globe Awards.
Perhaps the best-known award in American cinema, the Oscars are presented annually to actors, directors, producers and film professionals who work with and for the people they vote for.
The Phil Paleologos Showgifted film and talkie critic Jason Kent – heard on Fridays at 9.45am – mentioned Oscar winners. Jason asked when and why are multi-million or even billion-dollar blockbuster movies barely mentioned compared to what beautiful Hollywood people choose as what’s best for us? It was never like that. We would love to hear your opinion on this or call live Friday morning.
Sidetracking for a moment, a standing ovation to Anthony Hopkins, 83, for winning the Best Actor award for his role in The father.
Here is a point of reference. In 2018, Avengers: Infinity War raised 10 times more money than the Oscar winner for best photo, The shape of water, which generated $ 63.9 million in ticket sales versus $ 678 million for the Marvel movie. Over 10x the money, but just one Oscar nomination, for best visual effects – and it didn’t even win.
So let me ask you: what does Hollywood know that we don’t know? Are we all so blind to the filmmaking process that we just don’t see the greatness when it is presented to us? Or is the answer simpler: do Hollywood elites just like to congratulate themselves on a job well done, while the public says otherwise?
I guess the whole entertainment industry needs to be smarter, better read, and a lot better informed than you. Ask them!
Phil Paleologos is the host of The Phil Paleologos Show on 1420 WBSM New Bedford. It can be heard on weekdays from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. Contact him at [email protected] and follow him on Twitter @PhilPaleologos. The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author.
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