Question by Paco: Should we have a wide release “best picture” Oscar?
In the last four years an Oscar nomination for best picture is likely to be a small serious art-house drama , probably with an R rating (4 out 5 nominations for the last four years were rated R). Some of these films are deeply personal.
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But the industry is driven by fantasy, children’s movies, romance, horror, comedy, action and sometimes (adult comedy). The mainstay was a PG-13 movie. Out of 516 movies released this year there were 59 movies released in more than 3000 theaters sometimes called wide – release movies.
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It is difficult to impossible for one of these movies to get nominated anymore, let alone win. It was’t that many years ago that #1 box office movies like Lord of the Rings were not only getting nominated but winning.
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They are increasing the number of nominations from 5 to 10 this year so that hopefully some wide – release films get nominated, but it does not increase the likeihood that Disney Pixar’s “UP” is going to beat some small violent art house film.
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Should we have a new Oscar category called “best wide release picture”? Or are we just wasting our time?
Here are the wide releases in order of critical success. Obviously there are some very popular films like Transformer II are near the bottom of the list. Some movies like Zombieland were critical success but were not commercial successes.

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Star Trek
District 9 (R)
Zombieland (R)
Inglourious Basterds (R)
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
Avatar
The Princess and the Frog
Michael Jackson’s This Is It
The Hangover (R)
Where the Wild Things Are
Monsters Vs. Aliens
The Blind Side
Sherlock Holmes
Funny People (R)
Public Enemies (R)
Watchmen (R)
17 Again
Taken
A Christmas Carol (2009)
The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3 (R)
Astro Boy
Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs
Hotel for Dogs
Saw VI (R)
Shorts
Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian
He’s Just Not That Into You
Hannah Montana The Movie
The Proposal
Race to Witch Mountain
2012
Imagine That
X-Men Origins: Wolverine
G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra
Angels & Demons
Paul Blart: Mall Cop
Knowing
Terminator Salvation
Aliens in the Attic
The Twilight Saga: New Moon
Fast and Furious
The Final Destination (R)
Ghosts of Girlfriends Past
Fame (2009)
Friday the 13th (2009)
Land of the Lost
G-Force
Planet 51
Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel
Halloween II (2009) (R)
Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen
Year One
The Pink Panther 2
Couples Retreat
Bride Wars
Old Dogs
Last year Frost/Nixon was seen by 1.2 million people before nomination, 1.2 million between nomination and award show, and 0.2 million after the award show. Although I liked the acting, it presented a highly distorted view of history. And 4 million people will watch a repeat of Leno Show.
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I think the Oscar’s need a second award if films like this keep getting nominated for best picture.

Best answer:

Answer by Dan B
The reason the art films are winning is because everyone was crying after LOTR and Braveheart and Gladiator and other blockbusters kept winning. This is a reaction to that. And it’s stupid.

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