The New Oscar

With a strong attempt to make itself felt in the lives of young people who have been losing interest in the most traditional and classic films of Hollywood, among other objectives, the Academy changed many rules so that the vote of the younger members counted more than before. And those chosen for the 2018 Oscar show these changes clearly, with films that five years ago probably would not stand a chance.

However, the various categories are affected differently. The nominees for best film, for example, are Call Me by Your Name, Darkest Hour, Dunkirk, Get Out, Lady Bird, Phantom Tread, The Post, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. The greater number of nominees ensures that both the type of film traditionally indicated and films that are more geared towards young taste have the chance to compete.

Thus, Darkest Hour and Dunkirk, both dealing with historical drama, one of the favorite genres of the Oscars, compete for the statuette and are among the nominated nine this year. The same can be said of Phantom Tread and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, dramas traditionally directed at characters who may be fictitious but who rely on scripts, acting and directing so effective that they may appear to be based on real events.

The great number of productions indicated for best film was also an attempt of the Oscar in accepting different styles that before would not have much space. Such a change occurred in 2009 when the limit of 5 movies grew to 10 (which is actually a return to the 1930 rules when the limit was even higher). This allows, for example productions like Run! and The Shape of Water, characterized in the middle as “genre films” (since they are clearly defined by the genre of horror in the case of the first, and fantasy in the case of the second) are present among the traditional films.

This does not happen in individual categories. For example, the nominees for best direction are Christopher Nolan, Dunkirk, Jordan Peele, Get Out, Greta Gerwig, Lady Bird, Paul Thomas Anderson, Phantom Tread and Guillermo del Toro, with The Shape of Water. Each of the nominees seems to represent a different genre. While this is a positive thing, since it honors directors who have no chance to appear before, it also leaves out incredible works like Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, with an impeccable direction of Martin McDonagh that makes it appear that the film, completely fictitious, was based in a real story.

But this is a reminder of how the Oscar, which is watched worldwide, transforms to suit new goals and new markets. The new Oscar, more focused on young tastes, is an award that holds for different “genre films” that go well beyond the famous historical drama.

(This article original language is portuguese. This translation was made with Google Translate)

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