Oscars for Jesus
Michael Williams has a quick post up about THE PASSION and the fuss some are making over the awards it isn’t going to win. I’ve written about it myself a few times, as well.
Michael wonders why some people care so much about the awards, and he points out that the film wasn’t made for the purpose of winning awards. I’m certain that he’s correct.
But few films are made for the express purpose of winning awards. The awards exist (ostensibly) to recognize those films that have gone above and beyond. I put a comment up that included:
Wouldn’t it be nice to see a major, cared-for production like THE LORD OF THE RINGS about a religious story? Or even some non-religious historical event?
Hollywood has waned in importance in our society, but they’re still a major player. Movies aren’t really good places to learn history, you and I know. But a lot of people don’t know any better, and even you and I probably think some things in movies are true when they aren’t. And even the truth is often spun in ways that I don’t appreciate. The fact is that movies just don’t really educate people. Wouldn’t it be nice if they did?
I’m not saying that good, true-to-life films aren’t made. But they’re the exception. And I’d like them to become more of the rule. I’d like the standards of the movie-going public to be higher.
I think this is why the snubbing of THE PASSION might matter. This isn’t sour grapes over losing, mind you. It’s the lack of quality nominations (shutting down a lot of the conversation before it even begins) that rubs me the wrong way.
Go read Michael’s post (and my whole comment) over at Master of None by following the link at the top of this post.