I know I'm getting into this particular discussion a little late, but I scrolled upthread and found -- "children's movies should not win Best Picture"?? It's obvious this rather dimwitted actress did not see any
good movies while she was growing up, or she would know better.
For one thing, she would understand the crucial difference between a "children's movie" and a family film.
A "children's movie" is something like Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer
or Cars 2
, a movie aimed squarely at an audience of ten years old or younger, with no substantial questions or challenges at its center, and little if anything of importance at stake in their plots. By this definition I would say the actress is right: movies like this do NOT deserve to win Best Picture. But does Hugo
really belong in this category?Hugo
and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2
, along with Babe
, 1993's The Secret Garden
, 1995's A Little Princess
, Whale Rider
, and the best works of Disney and Pixar and Studio Ghibli, are something different altogether: they are family films
, which means that when it comes to audience appeal, they have the widest of all -- they can speak to any age, any gender. They have humor, heart, intelligence, and imagination. They do ask substantial questions and raise challenges. Something vital is at stake in the stories they tell. The gravely short-sighted and unimaginative among us may dismiss these films as "children's films" because they have child protagonists, or non-human protagonists. That's because they are unwilling to connect emotionally with people unlike themselves -- in this case, because of age. Do we really want to let such ignorance dictate which films we call "best"?
I am not saying I think Hugo
should win Best Picture this year, even though I like it a great deal. But if we're going to deny it, it needs to be for other reasons, reasons that speak to the quality of the film or lack thereof (maybe the character of Hugo could have been a little bit better defined; maybe the pacing could have been improved; maybe the movie had too many subplots, etc.). It should NOT be solely because its protagonist is a child. To me, this is an outrageous idea. By its "logic," To Kill a Mockingbird
and The Wizard of Oz
should never have been Best Picture contenders.
Edited by MaggieElizabeth, Feb 26, 2012 @ 10:14 AM.