How to get a movie to win at Cannes 2019
When the first Oscar nominations rolled in at the film festival on Thursday, the film categories were set to include a string of prestige films that had not yet made the final cut.
Among them: The Grand Budapest Hotel, The Revenant, and The Big Short, but there were no nods for the genre-bending, independent films that would eventually land the best picture Oscar.
In the past, the festival has honored a number of genre-bender movies that were not nominated for best picture.
For instance, this year’s Best Picture nominees included Birdman, The Imitation Game, The Theory of Everything, and American Hustle, but the Oscar nominations for those films did not include them in the final count.
The festival is not releasing final Oscar nominations until September, and many awards watchers are wondering whether the genre category has been politicized by Hollywood.
Some are not convinced.
“I think that genre films have always been seen as a way to be politically savvy,” said Alex Kipman, the co-founder of The Hollywood Reporter.
“In my experience, the genre is very, very well-positioned.”
In recent years, critics have pointed to the genre as a kind of a “skewed choice” that could be used to give some films an unfair advantage.
In fact, there are multiple reasons why critics have questioned the award.
Critics, critics, critics Some critics argue that the category has a tendency to reward films that are not particularly well-received, or are considered to be too expensive to be successful.
“The genre is so very skewed in favor of films that don’t do well,” said John Hughes, a writer and director.
“It doesn’t seem to be the kind of category that’s going to reward any films that can’t do anything but succeed.
So if you’re going to give a Best Picture nomination to a film, it’s got to be one that’s really good.”
This year’s winners include The Grand Tour, La La Land, and the documentary The End of the Tour, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January.
“People are not going to be so happy if The Grand Hotel, which was kind of like a sequel, got the nod,” Hughes said.
“There are a lot of good movies out there, but if you give a movie that doesn’t do as well as you think it should, you’re not going the right direction.”
Others say that the awards are too focused on prestige films, and not enough on independent films.
“They’re not looking at independent films,” Hughes continued.
“If you look at some of the best independent films out there today, they’re all on the same level, but they’re not on the best-picture level.”
“We’re not the Oscars for indie films,” said Kipson.
“We are the Oscars to the best films in the world.”
Some are calling on Hollywood to take a different approach to the category.
“To have a Best Director Oscar, it would be a good idea for the studios to consider making films in a more genre-neutral way,” Hughes added.
“Or, for the smaller studios to think about making a movie in the more traditional style, and for the big studios to put money into it.
You can’t get those awards by saying, ‘We don’t like that genre movie.
“You know what, I think there’s a lot more talent in that category than there is in the category itself,” he said. “
“[There are] so many talented people in the genre that don’ think they have to be in a genre to be a great filmmaker.””
You know what, I think there’s a lot more talent in that category than there is in the category itself,” he said.
“[There are] so many talented people in the genre that don’ think they have to be in a genre to be a great filmmaker.”