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There is little doubt in our mind that if the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences was filled with 10 ft. tall blue people with tails, that “Avatar” would have won the best motion picture Oscar on Sunday night.
But it’s not — perhaps sadly. “Avatar” and director James Cameron picked up three awards in technical categories: visual effects, art direction and cinematography. And for the highest grossing film of all time — $2.6 billion worldwide and counting — that seems like robbery. You can read about “Avatar” as an Oscar “loser” here. And there is no doubt, it lost. But did the Academy get it right?
Movie ticket seller Fandango.com ran an online poll and “Avatar” was deemed the biggest snub of the night by 57 percent of those responding. Quentin Tarantino losing for best screenplay to “Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire” was voted the big snub by 21 percent and Cameron losing best director to ex-wife Kathryn Bigelow was considered the worst by 10 percent.
We note one consideration. Just because “Avatar” is popular with fans, that doesn’t mean it has to be popular with the Academy, which has about 5800 voting members. Importantly, most all members are in the business of making movies, and everyday they judge films on financial merit in one way or another. Oscar is one chance where they get to judge the art of film. That said, how can they deny the art of “Avatar”? Tell us what you think, here. And while you’re at it, you can read our fashion story and tell us what you think about the ladies and their gowns.
After winning key awards from the Producers Guild of America and the Screen Actors Guild this past weekend, “Slumdog Millionaire” is a favorite to win best picture at the Oscars. But don’t tell that to everyday movie fans. The think Oscar voters are a bunch of elitists, and they have their own favorites from among the movies and performers shut out of Oscar nominations.
Movie fans picked Batman movie “The Dark Knight” as the year’s biggest Oscar snub, in a poll released on Monday by online ticket seller MovieTickets.com. Fans also said Clint Eastwood should have been nominated for best actor for his movie “Gran Torino,” Leonardo DiCaprio should have earned a nod for “Revolutionary Road,” Christopher Nolan should have been nominated best director for “The Dark Knight” and singer Bruce Springsteen should have been on the list of best original song nominees for “The Wrestler.”
Eastwood has long been a favorite with Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences voters, with two best director and best film awards, but he got zero nominations for “Gran Torino,” a snub that has irked fans. Still, fans have rewarded Eastwood at the box office, with “Gran Torino” earning nearly $100 million since it opened on Dec. 12.
This weekend, the critically panned comedy “Mall Cop” ruled the box office for a second week in a row, taking in a strong U.S. and Canada total of $64.8 million in two weeks. There’s no chance that “Mall Cop” will be nominated for best picture next year, but in only a couple weekends it has outperformed the $72.8 million worldwide total for “Slumdog Millionaire,” the tale of an Indian orphan who beats the odds to win love and a game show. Still, with best picture wins at the Golden Globes and the Screen Actors Guild awards, ”Slumdog” from director Danny Boyle is currently the frontrunner in the race to Oscars.