Yes, we know. The Oscars have managed to create one of the least suspenseful “Best Picture” races in recent memory. Had they thrown in a wild card like “The Dark Knight” (or even, although less threatening to take the big prize, “Wall-E“) it would have sent our fans and pundits into the stratosphere. At least, based on our own polls, it would have sent MOVIE SMACKDOWN fans, critics and voters into happy days on a level that could rival the Obama inauguration.
Instead, Academy voters decided we should be voting on “important” films that very few people have seen, like “Frost/Nixon” and “The Reader” and “Milk,” none of which have a ghost of a chance of actually winning. Instead, the race comes down to the eventful, but to many, underwhelming “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” and the film which could have been the sleeper sensation but has already won all the big awards thus making it the favorite, “Slumdog Millionaire.”
Let’s face it, “Slumdog Millionaire” is going to win the Oscar. Done. Over. And all the hype you hear anywhere is just that, hype.
But we just can’t help ourselves. Armed with the technology to submit the Academy’s choices to our readers, we have to do it. Yes, you, the Movie Smackdown! reader and fan, must be heard. Your voices cry out to make your own statement.