With the exception of Clint Eastwood’s ‘American Sniper’, which just had a huge first weekend in wide release, none of the other nominees for this year’s Best Picture Oscar have made a lot of money at the box office. In fact, this may be one of the lowest-grossing batches of movies ever assembled in the category. Have you seen any of the nominated films?
Having two toddlers precludes me from getting out to the theater much these days. The only Best Picture nominee I’ve seen was ‘The Grand Budapest Hotel’, which ran on HBO recently. Although I thought it was great fun, I don’t have any idea how it stacks up to its competition. Honestly, it’s not even necessarily my favorite Wes Anderson movie. (For my money, ‘Moonrise Kingdom’ has a level of emotional engagement that the director’s other movies, including this one, lack.) I’d sure like to see some of the other nominees, and plan to do so eventually.
Obviously, a movie’s box office gross is in no way indicative of its artistic quality. Nor does it necessarily influence its chance of winning the Oscar. (2009 Best Picture winner ‘The Hurt Locker’ made about $17.50 during its theatrical run.) However, the box office tallies for the nominated films often do affect the ratings for the Academy Awards broadcast. Years in which big hit blockbuster movies (such as ‘Titanic’ or ‘The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King’) are nominated typically attract much larger viewing audiences than years with a bunch of little-seen pictures. When viewers haven’t seen any of the nominees, they feel like they don’t have any stake in the race and simply lose interest in watching it.
Will the success of ‘American Sniper’ be enough to draw eyeballs to the Oscars this year? At a guess, I’d say probably not, since few forecasts have predicted it likely to win anything.
This poll isn’t about which film you think will win the Oscar, just about which movies from the list you’ve seen. Vote for as many as apply.