Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Why "The Artist" should not be Best Picture

Three years ago, The Hurt Locker went up against Avatar for the Academy Award for Best Picture. And The Hurt Locker won. By the reaction of rabid Avatar fans, you would have thought Hurt Locker's director Kathryn Bigelow shot Avatar's director James Cameron. Yet, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences made the right decision.

So this year, why am I writing that, the nominated film, The Artist, should not win Best Picture? I mean I'll probably incur the wrath of The Artist fans just like the Avatar fans went after supporters of The Hurt Locker. First, I don't hate "The Artist." In fact, I rated it as one of the best films of 2011. Well, it's because the winner of the Best Picture Oscar must stand the test of time. While The Artist is passionate and entertaining, it's also conventional. We've seen the plot of this movie before with its story of the rise and fall of a silent film star. There's nothing new, bold or innovative about The Artist. So members of the Academy, please consider another film for Best Picture.

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