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The Final Countdown – Final Oscar Predictions // Monumental Pictures

Awards Season is the antithesis of what makes cinema a unique, moving experience, which makes it only more frustrating when one gets pulled into its torrid embrace year after year. Awards Season is where movies become marketing tools, perfectly tailored pieces of emotional uplift and downswing tailored to tug at the heart strings and get the votes necessary to take home a prize. It’s not about the film as such, but the image the film is packaged with, which is then appraised by a narrow pool of test subjects without much room for differentiation. It can often be predicted by considering a variety of statistics (an example: if something other than The Big Short wins Best Picture this year, it’ll be the first time since 2007 it hasn’t won at the Producers Guild first), a strange prospect when considering art.

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