Oscar Rewrite

Oscar Wilde once said, “The one duty we owe to history is to rewrite it.” Ahh, the genius of Oscar. And yet, short-sighted Oscar politics often miss the Forrest for the Shawshank trees. Raging masterpieces rarely connect with Ordinary People. And academics have long raised Kane over How Green Was My Valley. Hindsight is 20/20, so it’s time to re-open the envelopes with the benefit of historical influence and pop culture legacy. It’s time to level the playing field for forgotten genres like comedy, action and horror. And it’s time to remove tired stigmas that say “mainstream” hits can’t compete with high art, or that “foreign films” should be relegated to separate categories. These choices will surely evolve, but based on what I’ve seen so far, here’s my best shot to set the record straight.

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