Thursday, February 11, 2016

Are the "Steak-Eaters" Predicters of Oscar Best Picture Winners?

While I was on my holiday break, Anne Thompson, that media-rare scribe, posted a tasty piece about the "steak-eaters," those red-blooded male members of the Motion Picture Academy whose taste runs to films about manly men on quests.

Are the "Steak-Eaters" Predicters of Oscar Best Picture Winners?

0 comments

While I was on my holiday break, Anne Thompson, that media-rare scribe, posted a tasty piece about the "steak-eaters," those red-blooded male members of the Motion Picture Academy whose taste runs to films about manly men on quests. This bloc, she suggests, is responsible for films such as Gladiator, Lord of the Rings: Return of the King, The Departed, No Country for Old Men and Hurt Locker being voted best-picture winners over the last decade. (Other winners since 2000: Slumdog Millionaire, Crash, Million Dollar Baby, Chicago and A Beautiful Mind all of which arguably are more relationship films than quest films.

If the Steak-Eater Principle applies this year, then that would mean The Fighter, Inception and True Grit would have an edge over The Kids are All Right, The Social Network and Toy Story 3. I wouldn't know how to classify The King's Speech, which is both a quest film and a relationship film.

Test her theory. Can't work out the proof myself. Can you? Do you have another Best Pic theory?

Film Critic
0 comments
We encourage respectful comments but reserve the right to delete anything that doesn't contribute to an engaging dialogue.
Help us moderate this thread by flagging comments that violate our guidelines.

Comment policy:

Philly.com comments are intended to be civil, friendly conversations. Please treat other participants with respect and in a way that you would want to be treated. You are responsible for what you say. And please, stay on topic. If you see an objectionable post, please report it to us using the "Report Abuse" option.

Please note that comments are monitored by Philly.com staff. We reserve the right at all times to remove any information or materials that are unlawful, threatening, abusive, libelous, defamatory, obscene, vulgar, pornographic, profane, indecent or otherwise objectionable. Personal attacks, especially on other participants, are not permitted. We reserve the right to permanently block any user who violates these terms and conditions.

Additionally comments that are long, have multiple paragraph breaks, include code, or include hyperlinks may not be posted.

Read 0 comments
 
comments powered by Disqus
About this blog

Carrie Rickey Film Critic
Latest Videos:
Also on Philly.com:
letter icon Newsletter