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And the Award for Least-Seen Best Picture Nominee Goes To...

Nine days before the Oscars and three of the five best picture nominees — “Milk,” “Frost/Nixon” and “The Reader” — haven’t cracked the top 100 in terms of 2008 box office.

As I mentioned earlier, only two best picture nominees since 1980 haven’t wound up among the year’s top 100 box-office hits — “The Dresser” in 1983 and “Letters from Iwo Jima” in 2006 — and yet we have three this year alone. Amazing. The sad part is they’re not even great films. Maybe “Milk” but that’s it. I mean if the Academy is going for quality over popularity, as David Carr suggests, why not choose quality? Instead of a bland mediocrity that pleases neither moviegoers nor critics.

“Milk,” by the way, has the best shot of cracking the top 100. It’s currently at no. 104, only $1 million behind no. 101, “Street Kings,” a dirty-cop movie starring Keanu Reeves that opened in over 2,000 theaters in April. Yes, that sentence is sad in so many ways.

Posted at 12:14 PM on Fri. Feb 13, 2009 in category Movies - The Oscars, Movies - Box Office  
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Jon wrote:

I rather enjoyed "Street Kings." It's was genre-tastic and featured some truly glorious over-the-top performances.

To put it another way, I would be happier to sit through that again than see either "The Reader," "Benjamin Button," or "Frost/Nixon." I did see "Milk," and rather enjoyed it.
Comment posted on Fri. Feb 13, 2009 at 01:33 PM

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