I liked this look at the lack of objective standards when determining which movie is to get a Best Movie Oscar and am looking forward to her promised attempt to arrive at some standards. My own criteria is whether I will watch the film again on cable several years later.
Personally, I am fascinated by the Academy's membership criteria. Not only is it by invitation only, but once in, there doesn't seem to be a requirement of continuing employment in the field. Blogger Roger L.Simon, who linked to this article on his site, is among the 6,000 voting members. According to imdb.com, Roger has had one screen credit since 1991. Roger writes a lot about how reactionary the politics of the so—called progressive crowd has become. The Motion Picture Academy itself appears to be structured in a manner that might seems to encourage reactionary judgements.
By the way, Roger has posted that he is looking for a "none of the above' column on this year's best picture ballot.
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