Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Oscars: How About Best Picture and Most Artistic Picture?

Here's an idea that would fulfill Oscar's mission to boost its sagging television ratings and honor cinematic art: Separate categories for Best Picture and Most Artistic Picture.

Oscars: How About Best Picture and Most Artistic Picture?

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Janet Gaynor and George O´Brien in F.W. Murnau´s "Sunrise"
Janet Gaynor and George O'Brien in F.W. Murnau's "Sunrise"

Here's an idea that would fulfill Oscar's mission to boost its sagging television ratings and honor cinematic art: Separate categories for Best Picture and Most Artistic Picture.

Interestingly, those two separate categories were in force at the first Academy Awards ceremony in 1929 (honoring the films of 1927 and 1928) where Wings, William Wellman's soaring aviation action flick, was named outstanding picture and Sunrise, F. W. Murnau's atmospheric portrait of an apparently doomed couple who reconcile, was named most unique and artistic.

Good idea, or what? And how would Oscar history be re-written if these two categories had been observed? My guess is that in 1982, E.T. would have been named best picture and Gandhi most artistic.

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