Entertainment behind the scenes
The people’s Oscar pick: Sandra Bullock
So much is made of the Oscars being the world’s top film honors and because of that, Hollywood watchers traditionally view the best film Academy Award winner as the year’s best film. But there are only around 5800 members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences who vote for the awards. Average moviegoers — those who are not members of an exclusive academy – vote for their favorites everyday at box offices. We talked to several of you in the video below.
(video by Marc Price)
By the box office measure — dollars and cents (or is it “sense”?) — “Avatar” is easily the year’s best film with around $2.5 billion in worldwide ticket sales. Yet, Iraq war movie “The Hurt Locker” is favored by pundits to claim the best movie Oscar. And Kathryn Bigelow is expected to win best director over her ex-husband, “Avatar” helmsman James Cameron. Sure, “Hurt Locker” been a favorite of critics and award-givers, but it has only earned $19 million at box offices. Why has it done so well with Oscar voters? You can read the answer by clicking here.
Similarly, Jeff Bridges is seen taking home the best actor trophy for portraying a drunken country singer in little-seen film, “Crazy Heart.” And he just may deserve it because he elevates a relatively average movie to a good one simply by virtue of his strong performance. Then there’s Sandra Bullock and “The Blind Side.” It is one of the few instances where fans and Oscar voters may agree. “The Blind Side” has been a breakout hit at theaters with its tale of a wealthy woman (played by Bullock) who takes a homeless teenager and transforms him into a U.S. football star. It has earned nearly $250 million at U.S. and Canadian theaters. We talked to people outside Oscar’s home at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood, and they seemed to agree with Oscar pundits that Sandra is a winner. Watch the video above.