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Some Award Courage Needed on Oscar Night

Sunday, 23 Feb 2014 03:29 PM

By Jon Friedman

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What will be the resounding theme be when they rip open the envelopes and announce the names of the Oscar winners?

Will the nation collectively feel proud about the winning accomplishments of such movies as "12 Years a Slave"? What then about "The Dallas Buyers Club" and "Nebraska"?

These are highly acclaimed films about subjects that don't usually get the spotlight in the Hollywood mainstream. Each of these films celebrates life, above all. These are about the triumphs of spirit. In completely unrelated plot lines, they show examples of heroism.

Does the Academy have the courage to reward these films, or will it resort to recognizing the achievements of such entertaining vehicles as "The Wolf of Wall Street" and "American Hustle"? These two very well-received movies deserve to reap a lot of money at the box office and garner strong reviews.

But without denigrating "American Hustle" and "The Wolf of Wall Street" and so many others from last year, I'm rooting for the other guys — I hope the courageous films get the ultimate Hollywood citations.

Hollywood is not always known for its guts, as we know. We've all seen great achievements in film go unrewarded on Oscar nights. The voters tend to give the credit to old favorites or actors and directors who have been passed over. A host of actors and actresses have appeared to come out of nowhere this year. The new faces deserve to be recognized for their stellar work. Are you listening, Academy voters?

Having entertainment value is terrific — it is a gift for grateful audiences. But combining entertainment with a profound story and moving characters is a blessing.

Jon Friedman writes the Media Matrix blog for Indiewire.com. He is also the author of "Forget About Today: Bob Dylan's Genius for (Re)Invention, Shunning the Naysayers, and Creating a Personal Revolution." Read more reports from Jon Friedman — Click Here Now.

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