|Low budget films won the Oscar
by: Daniel Kery
Once I looked through the list of nominees for this years Oscar awards I found, that nowadays not the productions of the major Hollywood films studios are represented for the award, rather than the small, low-budget ones. Or at least the spin-offs of the big companies specializing in low-budget movies. This arises a question: Do Hollywood studios unable to produce quality? Or just the members of the academy appreciate the low-budget movies more?
Most of the films nominated for best motion picture are usually dramas, except for Steven Spielberg’s Munich but that movie couldn’t win in any categories this year. In all of the major categories dramas won. This maybe indicates, that the audience, and also the critics in the Academy do not really like the big Hollywood movies anymore.
But on the other hand, if we consider the number of tickets sold, the big expensive movies still rock the cinemas. So the question is: Hollywood is moving to something that is beyond making money? Or the members of the academy try to push these films by giving to oscar to them, to help them to perform well in the cinemas as well, not just on the festivals which are usually visited by only fans of films, not the great public.