The Golden Boy
As the dust settles on the Oscars, what lessons do those flaxen idols have to impart?
Firstly, “The Hurt Locker” and “Avatar” led the pack in nominations with nine apiece. There could not be a more disparate pair of films; they are indicative of the way films are heading: small budget, prestige pictures mixed with bombastic blockbusters, with no room for those middling films of a reasonable budget, previously thought of as being a reliable, safe bet. In fact, in the world of cinema there is no such thing as a sure bet.
Secondly, “The Hurt Locker” was released around this time last year. It’s subsequent win should instill further in the minds of studio execs that to be in with a chance of winning, it is not necessary to release your film at the last possible moment to keep it fresh in the Academy voter’s mind. Previous Best Picture winners such as “Crash” and “Gladiator” – both released around ten months before voting takes place – also evince this. Let’s have an end to the glut of award-worthy pics bunched at the end of the year and exploit the intervening months that are usually a wasteland for cultural stimulation.