Wednesday, May 29, 2024

Oscars: “House of Gucci” Strikes Out– What Happened? Academy Knew It Was a Bad Movie


Ridley Scott’s “House of Gucci” was the highest earning movie of the ‘quality’ films this season.

But it struck out with the Oscars. No nominations for Best Picture, Director, Actress, supporting roles, screenplay, etc.

What happened? Lady Gaga and Jared Leto campaigned like crazy and seemed poised to join the finalists.

But “House of Gucci” is not a good movie, and the Academy voters got that. Very interesting.

Gaga was excellent, but the whole movie was over the top. As a friend of mine said at our press screening, “Everyone is dialed to 11.”

In the end, “House of Gucci” came off like a Ryan Murphy FX series, like “Feud.” It was garish and artless. It was fun, but we learn that in the higher echelons of the Oscars, fun is not enough to put a movie over.

Still, “House of Gucci” can rest on its box office laurels. And it will always be popular. Years from now, people will watch it and love it. It wins the Oscar for tenacity.


Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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