Or better put: mass audiences these days mostly consist of teenagers and tweens. People over 30 or even 40 wait for the dvd/streaming availability and stay home. Therefore those “adult” films take longer to become profitable and so often don’t get enough screens on opening weekend, therefore underperform.
First, I finally I figured out how to quote a previous post!
Exactly. Orson Welles’ THE OTHER SIDE OF THE WIND will get a courtesy release from Netflix (which I hope does well), but streaming will be its main source of encounter. Netflix/Amazon /Hulu are the new studios, but their platforms are not movie palaces.
Still, I think that this new “best popular film” category is a horrible idea. Just as horrible as the “up to 10 best picture nominees (which rarely if ever really gets used to the max)”-idea.
In my mind, the Oscars made a huge mistake by moving their date too close to the onslaught of other award ceremonies. They should either be the first one or the last one with the two months between the others (as they used to do). That way it would really be a surprise who is winning, instead of the recent “sure, they won all the other awards too, now get the Oscar”.
I think the problem is the great overlap of voters among groups. The Golden Globes are idiosyncratic and fun, but the Screen Actor’s Guild and The Academy share a good number of members/voters. Making the Oscars first would be great (and basically nullify the need for the other groups to give awards), but that also then means the potential increased box office from nominations becomes negligible which was the reason for the gap.
Don’t mix up comedies with dramas, get a best horror, best sci-fi and best action film as well.
Maybe, but how far do you slice the pie? For example: would you have nominated ALL ABOUT EVE (my candidate for the greatest of all Best Picture winners) in Best Comedy or Best Drama? I ask since in 1950, the Writers Guild nominated Joseph L. Mankiewicz for “Best Written American Comedy” and “Best Written American Drama” (the only time it has happened as far as I can tell, and I have worked with the archivists at the Guild on the question.) Should LORD OF THE RINGS been in a Best Fantasy category or Best Drama–I think there is an argument for both placements. Should there be a Best War Film category and/or Best Historical Drama?
Maybe the issue is that the category of Best Picture refers to a type of film that is no longer made: a film that is an exemplar of its genre, but also a film that at the same time transcends its genre such as UNFORGIVEN or THE GODFATHER PART II. Again, I would argue that Hollywood rarely makes such movies any more–the most recent ones I can think of are THE SHAPE OF WATER (which was a marvelous amalgam of several genres) and BLACKkKLANSMAN which was a 1970’s procedural genre-wise and so much more. Both of these films were independent productions.
And why, oh, why do they stubbornly refuse to give a Best Stunt to all those hard working pros who really risk their lives for spectacular moments on film?
They needed to implement that long ago–might be a way for Tom Cruise to finally get an Oscar.