Who decides Oscar winners? White men over 60
I suppose so, but then I have to ask you another question: what do these movies have in common? "The Shop Around the Corner;" "His Girl Friday;" "The Lady Eve;" "Shanghai Express;" "Rear Window;" "The Night of the Hunter;" "Touch of Evil;" "Some Like It Hot;" "Mulholland Dr.;" "Wanda;" "Magnolia;" "In the Cut;" "A Separation." My answer would be (and this is opinion) that they are all very good films, yet not one of them was nominated for Best Picture.
Only one film in that list is "foreign," by which I mean that it came from outside the United States. They were American pictures in an age of such hollow confidence that the rest of the world could fight over the bone of best foreign picture. But you knew not to trust elderly, white, male clubs a long time ago. Didn't you?
David Thomson is the author of "The New Biographical Dictionary of Film" and "The Moment of Psycho: How Alfred Hitchcock Taught America to Love Murder." The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author.
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