Thursday, May 23, 2024

Oscars Get Smart: Best Picture Nominees Mix Box Office Blockbusters with Art House Films “Top Gun” and “Avatar 2”


The Academy got smart this year, and took the message.

Best Picture nominees were divided among box office blockbusters and art house films.

In the past, few blockbusters have made the cut. The reasoning was the money they brought in was the reward.

Nominating “Top Gun Maverick” and “Avatar The Way of Water” ensures a viewing audience for the March 12th show on ABC. Uniquely, they are each sequels, and one made more than a decade or two after the original film.

Both films made more than $600 million apiece in the US alone, and a billion plus worldwide.

“Elvis,” also a huge hit, is in the mix of Best Picture.

The rest of the films had minimal box office, but even the Oscar telecast viewing audience understands they are the ones to beat starting with “The Fabelmans” and “TAR.”

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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