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An interesting take on SPR versus SiL

The audiences that vote for the academy awards are Academy members - actors, actresses, directors, screen writers etc.

The problem isn't subtitles but the sheer number of films being released world wide every year. Unlike some forum posters - some of those people actually have lives and go to ritzy parties and are sleeping with movie stars or hanging out at the Heff Mansion or whatever is now passing for the Heff Mansion. They are NOT sitting home watching 600 films a year. In other words they have a lot better things to do than watch movies.

They get a voting card and a time period to make a selection and I know that some of them hand it off to their "helpers" - the maid or the cook or the butler or the pool boy or the dominatrix or their neighbor and let those people tick a box.

Hell for all we know Life is Beautiful won because people liked the title the best and ticked the box.

This article is interesting because it points out that at the time Weinstein ran a good campaign (spent a lot of money) to get people to consider voting for his movie Shakespeare in Love and to drive home some of the points several critics noted about SPR - that beyond that opening sequence - arguably the best war picture opening every made - the rest of the film was merely so-so.

I personally think that's a bit unfair because that opening is a tough act to follow - but it was the criticism at the time. Weinstein argued that SiL was great for the entire movie. It appeals to a literary crowd and since many actors are literary types and quite knowledgeable about Shakespeare they would get the "in jokes" and layered levels that John Q public might not. In other words they could appreciate it more than most.

I remember I liked SiL a lot back then but have not gotten around to watching it a second time.

This article explains why he though Shakespeare in Love is a vastly better movie that SPR. Maybe I'll re-watch them both.

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