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Best Picture winners for a broader audience

Published: Friday, Feb. 22 2013 11:44 a.m. MST

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Rating: PG

Running time: 2 hours, 31 minutes

Summary: A musical and modern version of Romeo and Juliet that takes place in the streets of New York. Two gangs battle for control of their turf and the situation becomes complicated when a gang member falls in love with his rival's sister.

What to expect: This film includes several fight scenes between the gangs along with mild language and sexual content.
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Hutterite
American Fork, UT

The best picture award is by no means a guarantee of box office success. A theatre full of sugar blasted prepubescents, however, is pretty much a guarantee I'm not there. I glad the best of this world isn't geared to twelve year olds, and most twelve year olds would agree.

Blue
Salt Lake City, UT

Quality vs. Quantity.

A cinematically great film is no guarantee of box office success, and a blockbuster is no guarantee of cinematic quality.

Cats
Somewhere in Time, UT

The Academy Awards are nothing more than a small-town popularity contest. The awards are based on who they like, don't like or who they agree with politically. Sean Penn won the oscar for playing Harvey Milk a few years ago as a protest against the passage of Prop 8. All the experts thought it should have been a lock for Frank Langella as Nixon. Zero Dark Thirty didn't have a chance because it wasn't politically correct as far a Hollywood is concerned. They voted for Argo because they like Ben Affleck and they thought he got dissed in the director category. I like Argo a lot, but I just don't see it as best-picture material. It isn't in the same class as Zero Dark Thirty or Lincoln.

I think there was a time when the Oscars actually did mean excellence. I think that standard has fallen by the wayside for a long time now.

Brave Sir Robin
San Diego, CA

Ask any director or producer which he'd rather have: A best picture Oscar or a box office hit. With very few exceptions they'll all have the same answer and it isn't the Oscar.

RivertonCoug
Herriman, UT

Surprised to see Million Dollar Baby on this list. It was anything but a family film. I was so disappointed by her desire to die because she couldnt box. She had so much else to live for.

On the other hand, I was very glad to see The Artist on the list. It has just the opposite theme. Someone who feels like he has lost all hope is helped to live again.

joseywales
Park City, UT

One way to almost guarantee a film will make money is to watch rotten tomatoes and if the critics are less than thrilled, or give it a low rating, the public seems to love it. I use this method and it hasn't went against me yet.

washcomom
Beaverton, OR

This is about the final "push" of kissing up to the judges, putting the name in front of them and keeping it there. Then, there are the gifts that are given to them. It's just like regular politics. The PACS are just like these film lobbyists. No wonder Hollywood gets involved with politics. They know how to play the game.

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