How Obama helps Batman

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Usually I’m not the kind of guy who thinks that outside events have too much influence on the Oscar race. I generally think it’s about the movies, more or less in a vacuum. But I do think that this week’s election-day results may have a profound effect on the Best Picture chances of two films. For starters, there’s The Dark Knight. I thought the sequence involving the two ferries (in which a group of commuters and a group of convicts have the power to blow up each others’ boats but don’t) was a bit too reality-show-ish for my taste. But I know most viewers loved it. Either way, that part of the film speaks to the innate goodness of human behavior. And let’s remember that Oscar ballots are due next January 12, just a week before Barack Obama is inaugurated. It’s safe to say most Hollywood types will also see that event as an example of innate human goodness. All of this only helps The Dark Knight‘s chances, don’t you think?

Then there’s Milk. The other closely followed vote out in Los Angeles was the narrowly-won passing of California’s Prop 8, which adds an amendment to the state constitution banning gay marriage. There have already been large rallies protesting the outcome, events that look very similar to the staged rallies in Milk. And outrage among the entertainment community to this decision may serve to fuel the Academy’s support for a moving biopic about a murdered gay-rights activist and politician. A movie, by the way, that just happens to be coming out later this month.


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  • festool

    What a nothing article – please give me back the two minutes I wasted on this drivel.

  • Jerry

    What a nothing comment – please give me back the two seconds on wasted on this drivel.

  • Brian Bouton

    Seriously, this was a really weak excuse for a blog post. Do you really think Oscar voters are thinking of such things when they cast their ballots? I think this post was riding on Obama’s coattails.

  • Alex

    This is just about the dumbest thing I’ve ever read.

  • Ann

    Eh, I think Karger is right on, guys – Hollywood and the Academy are notoriously VERY politically minded, and have often honored films that reflect their ideals and politics, regardless of whether they are really the “best” films (“American Beauty”, “Crash”, “Fahrenheit 9/11″, etc.) So you can bet that Tuesday’s outcome is going to have an impact on the Oscars this year, especially for the film “Milk”.

  • shakespeare

    The Dark Knight should get best picture nod, because it is the best picture of the year hands down. Nothing else this year comes clost to what is has achieved visually and plot wise either. I highly doubt the oscars will over look the american publics point of view!

  • Heather Feather

    Surely you have something with more substance to write about. Considering this piece, they either need to can you or you should think about leaving voluntarily. At best this is a stretch and at worst, just plain inane.

  • Kat

    I get the extra push for Milk. But I think the Batman scene is a bit of a stretch–if anything, Oscar voters are still remembering the Joker, who does not encompass the goodness in human beings.

  • teacher 69

    Could you come and help my second graders write? Considering their age, wild thoughts are common. Considering what I suppose your age to be, it’s just sad.

  • Rich

    Reading this in light of the recent commentary in the magazine pushing a Dark Knight nomination, EW (parent company WB) must REALLY REALLY want that Dark Knight Oscar.
    It was a COMIC BOOK MOVIE. It may have been a good one (though I thought it was too long), but still: it was a COMIC BOOK MOVIE.

  • ugh

    Please go get a life.. and get out of mine..

  • Luisa

    Jeez. Do you people have nothing better to do than criticize a bit on Oscar Watch? And I don’t really think Dave is trying to win a Nobel here. Lay off.
    I don’t know about Obama helping out TDK much, but it’s an amazing movie that should get an Best Picture nom either way. The Academy needs to get over itself and its preference for high minded dramas (though of course they can be good too).
    But Milk, I can definitely see that happening. I can’t wait to see it!

  • boogie

    the win isn’t helping the review of this article, so i doubt it would affect the oscars. 2 snaps!

  • Evan

    No this article is def. right on. Well maybe not about the Batman part but the gay rights thing is on the mark. It is surprising how many people feel this article has somehow wasted their life. What were you going to do with those two extra minutes? Please… you can keep your job.

  • AK

    You have a strong point about “Milk,” and probably should have devoted the blog post merely to that idea. That “Dark Knight” comment was just a really weak connection; what does the goodness of humanity have to do with the Oscars or the election?

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