Monday, February 09, 2009


Have you seen this year's Oscar nominees? Well, neither has anyone else.

From Big Hollywood:

- last 15 years -
1. 2005 - $245M
Crash, Brokeback, Capote, Good Night & Good Luck, Munich
2. 2009 - $293M (projected)
Slumdog, Ben Button, Frost/Nixon, Milk, The Reader
3. 2006 - $296M
Departed, Babel, Letters from Iwo Jima, Little Miss Sunshine, The Queen
4. 1996 - $306M
English Patient, Fargo, Jerry Maguire, Secrets & Lies, Shine
5. 2007 - $357M
No Country, Atonement, Juno, Michael Clayton, There Will Be Blood
6. 1993 - $368M
Schindler’s List, Fugitive, Name of the Father, The Piano, Remains of the Day
7. 1995 - $378M
Braveheart, Apollo 13, Babe, Il Postino, Sense & Sensibility
8. 2004 - $401M
Million Dollar Baby, Aviator, Finding Neverland, Ray, Sideways
9. 1998 - $440M
Shakespeare in Love, Saving Private Ryan, Life is Beautiful, Elizabeth, Thin Red Line
10. 1994 - $543M
Forrest Gump, Four Weddings & a Funeral, Pulp Fiction, Quiz Show, Shawshanke Redemption

2005's nominees, I'm batting 1000. Still haven't seen a single one of those moves. I tried to watch "Crash" but turned it off after about twenty minutes. And this year's nominees have a similar pull. I'll probably rent "Slumdog" when it comes out on DVD, but the others? Pass.

I have a dream ... when Hollywood decides it's time to stop moralizing and lecturing us. Only then will we be truly free to enjoy good entertainment.