Re: Oscar Predictions & Your Awards
People need to remember that the Academy Awards are seldom, if ever, based on popular opinions of the movies nominated and box office draw is never a consideration.
The Academy members (the ones who do the actual voting) are exclusively members of the industry, not the general public.
They are often privy to those who made the films and often vote not on the merits of the art, but the artists behind them... many of which may have alienated their fair share of voters through prima donna behavior through the years (just ask Russell Crowe).
The studios also bombard the voters with tons of advertising and "gifts" in order to sway the results, as well.
Films that are considered "Oscar worthy" are also usually saved until the end of the year so they are kept fresh in the voters' minds, leaving those released early in the year forgotten... although most released in that time are usually considered trash by the studios anyway (which is why they're released so early).
So bottom line, the Academy Awards is nothing but politics and brown-nosing by the motion picture industry and has little to nothing to do with the rest of us.
That's why the People's Choice Awards appeal more to me personally: we choose those winners.
Apples are good,
Oranges are bad,
Lemons are rude,
Bananas are perverted,
And kumquats are just, plain evil...