The Taser's Edge

The Social Network is not the Best Picture of the Year
January 20, 2011, 7:27 pm
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To be clear, it is very well-written (no surprise), solidly acted, and very well-directed (no surprise), but it’s not ambitious enough. My pet theory as to why it has a great chance to still take the Oscar has three parts:

1.) The better films always split the votes, so the quality-but-not-best film wins every year.
2.) The more ‘American’ the story is, the better chance it has of winning, and this is definitely an American film.
3.) The folks who make up the Academy are generally older, and they mistake their awe at the existence of Facebook (and at the fact that people care about it) for the feeling of watching a true best picture.