Oscar slate foretells dark night for ABC

Oscar slate foretells dark night for ABC

There are 9 comments on the Chicago Tribune story from Jan 22, 2009, titled Oscar slate foretells dark night for ABC. In it, Chicago Tribune reports that:

The folks behind "The Dark Knight" can't be pleased right now, and best actress non-nominee Sally Hawkins may be riding the bum train, but one party's Oscar nominations losses tower above everybody else's: ...

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New York, NY

#1 Jan 22, 2009
this is stupid. what are you trying to achieve by writing this article? everything is over-commercialized as it is, and now you lambast the academy for not taking commercialization into greater account. it's idiots like you that will usher in the demise of intellectual and meaningful expression completely. thankfully this proves (maybe) the academy is more concerned with achievement than ratings. too bad there's no real notable achievement this year anyway...

New Orleans, LA

#2 Jan 22, 2009
Funny, the author of this is listed as a reporter not a columnist or contributor because for the fact that there is at least lip-service paid to it being disappointing to ABC, the "reporter" is almost rabidly buying his own analysis. God forbid that the academy consider something other than box-office receipts. Yes, this article also says that, but in no way convinces the reader that the writer believes it.
By his reasoning Corsi's "Obama Nation" trash should be considered for a pulitzer because it was a number one best-seller and "critically acclaimed" (at least in some circles). But Obama Nation will never be on anyone's list of great literature no matter how much they liked it. And it is this distinction the "reporter" is missing.
This analysis is essentially condoning buying an Oscar. Dark Knight was a great movie, but it was a big-budget build me entertainment whereas other smaller movies were attempts at literature. I left Dark Knight thinking it was fun. Period. An Oscar-worthy movie has to leave me with something more. Please don't confuse great entertainment with great "literature".
Eye Watcher

Pompano Beach, FL

#3 Jan 22, 2009
Interesting,only (2)post! So much for Hollywood and their controlled environment. Milk? Do really expect Hollywood not acknowledging this film. After all they have gay couples on every
sitcom these days.

Stockton, CA

#4 Jan 22, 2009
Sally Hawkins was robbed.

Angelina Jolie for god sakes???

Very lightweight performance.

United States

#5 Jan 23, 2009
right on. the academy needs to be recalled.

United States

#6 Jan 24, 2009
Mr. Caro seems to think that high television ratings are a good substitute for quality. If the audience does not want to tune in to the Oscarcast simply because their favorite nominee is not on the list - well, that's their loss. After all, this is the same udience that made the "Friday the 13th" films enormous hits. "The Dark Knight" may have been a good film, but it is a well known fact that the general under-40 crowd has a tendency to make expensive-but-crappy films into box office bonanzas. Do we really want those films to get nominated simply so that the Oscar show will get bigger ratings this year? Is this what the movie industry has come to?

United States

#7 Jan 24, 2009
The Bush era ended two days before the Oscars were announced. With its celebration of fascist qualities so reminiscent of the past 8 years, The Dark Knight does not deserve an award whose purpose is to acknowledge film excellence. I think your argument should be that network television should make a bigger production of the "People's Choice" Awards. I do agree with you on the Bruce Springsteen snub, but then I also think My Winnipeg was the year's best documentary.

Scottsdale, AZ

#8 Jan 24, 2009
The Oscars are for the REAL TRUE movie lovers.

Dark Knight fans who won’t watch and support the Oscars since their favorite movie did not win the Best Picture slot are NOT true blue movie lovers.

Dark Knight fans sound a lot like the whiney Republicans I know who would not watch any of the Presidential Inauguration because their guy did not win. Yet, these same people say that they are the ones who are the most “American,” and love America the most.

Dark Knight fans who boycott the Oscars should not call themselves real movie lovers, just like Republicans who boycotted watching the Inauguration should not call themselves true blue Americans.

Melbourne, Australia

#9 Jan 26, 2009
A absolutely pinpoint perfect article that scores a direct hit with people like me who believehow wrong oscar for it this year..totally detestible...decisions by the academy...

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