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Should Blockbusters & Comedies be Considered for Best Picture? Yes, if They’re Good Enough

guardianapesWith the year coming to an end, a lot of the discussion around the movie world is Oscars. Most of the films being considered for the major Oscar categories are just recently being released and are primarily heavy-drama films. There’s nothing wrong with this genre getting all the Oscar buzz because the movies being nominated are usually great. However, I still think every movie throughout the year should be considered for a nomination if they’re good enough, regardless of genre.

Unfortunately this isn’t the case and it’s extremely irritating that films are overlooked because they are massive productions with big budgets and heavy action. And it’s not just the blockbuster-action movies that are treated unfairly. Even comedies like this years Top Five should be considered for a best picture nominee, in my opinion. My point being that it shouldn’t just be the dramatic films released in “Oscar season” getting attention for categories such as best picture, best actor/actress and best supporting roles either. A movie is a movie no matter what! And it should be an equal playing field.

The movies being considered for best picture this year are films such as Birdman, The Theory of Everything, The Imitation Game, Selma, Boyhood and so on; all heavy dramatic films. I’m sure they are all worthy of this consideration but so are some of the other great films released this year. I’m going to list off a few films that I think deserve to at least be looked at as potential best picture nominees but are more than likely not even going to get a chance. They all have similar or even better scores on Rotten Tomatoes (which is a website that rates movies by percentage via professional movie critics) than most of the dramas that will get high praise from the academy voters.

Captain America: The Winter Soldier (89% on Rotten Tomatoes)

Although it falls under the superhero/comic book genre, this Captain America sequel is widely known as a “political thriller” movie and should appeal to the academy voters. It has a strong message about government corruption which applies to our society and it consists of  a great story, plot, script and acting. There’s no reason it should not be considered academy worthy.

X-Men: Days of Future Past (92% on Rotten Tomatoes)

Another superhero/comic book movie but this could also be considered a heavy drama film. There is just as much emotional scenes as action scenes and the performances in this movie were outstanding, especially from McAvoy and Fassbender.

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (91% on Rotten Tomatoes)

Revolutionizing the art of motion capture through Andi Serkis, this film took technological advancement in film to another level. Especially to the mainstream audience that otherwise wouldn’t know how far film has came in that sense. On top of that it has a spectacular plot and theme that reflects our own human-race. This is probably the most Oscar-worthy blockbuster of the year due to the accomplishment in technology and overall plot/message.

Guardians of the Galaxy (90% on Rotten Tomatoes)

This is hands down my favorite blockbuster film of the year and although it is a majority of action and comedy, I honestly believe it is one of the most innovative films in Hollywood in the past couple of years. James Gunn took a very unknown property, granted it is a Marvel Studios film, and made it the biggest blockbuster in the U.S. thus far in 2014. It has a strong message about individualism and uniqueness, showing that everyone is different and various types of personalities can come together to accomplish something great and I think that it was an outstanding accomplishment in film that deserves more recognition.

Top Five (90% on Rotten Tomatoes)

Written and directed by Chris Rock himself, this was a wonderfully uplifting film that I did not have on my radar coming into 2014. I was pleasantly surprised by how much this film reflected our society and celebrities and Hollywood while giving us a non-stop laugh-out-loud comedy at the same time. It isn’t just a comedy either, it has a lot of dramatic elements to it and has a strong message as well. I know it probably isn’t being considered for the Oscars but out of all the movies I’ve seen this year, it would definitely get my vote.

To put these movies and their Rotten Tomatoes scores into perspective, let me give you some of the scores for the dramatic films that are being considered for best picture.

Birdman– 93%

Boyhood– 99%

Selma-100%

The Imitation Game– 89%

The Theory of Everything– 81%

While the top three mentioned are obviously higher than the blockbusters I mentioned the bottom two are either lower or about equal. Also, there are a possible 10 nominations for best picture so there is no reason that the blockbusters and the comedy I mentioned should not be being considered.

Do you guys agree with some of my points or do you think that the Oscars should just stick to what they’ve been used to? I personally believe there needs to be some adjustments made into how these nominees are determined but that’s just me. Let us know what you guys think in the comment section.

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