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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences just nominated four R-rated movies for best picture. Not one R-rated movie was in the top-10 box office winners in 2006. It appears they hope that all the foul language and immorality that turns off audiences can be overcome with the box office magic of an Academy Award nomination. Now people will come out to the movies because the Hollywood crowd says, “These are our best.”
Baloney! Their best movies, like “Cars,” either get ignored at awards time or are given minor tributes like best animation or best song. Years ago, “The Sound of Music” won Best Picture. It probably wouldn’t get nominated today – too clean and too popular. Granted, The Academy Awards is not The People’s Choice Awards, but it gets more obvious each year that Hollywood’s choices are nowhere near the people’s choices.
Best Picture nominee “Little Miss Sunshine” features a foul-mouthed dysfunctional family. “The Departed” is a thriller laced with almost 300 obscenities. “Babel,” though less foul-tongued, contains graphic nudity. “Letters from Iwo Jima” (in Japanese) makes Americans look bad as they struggle to win the war in the Pacific. Only “The Queen,” a MOVIEGUIDE? top-10 movie for mature audiences, is a clean and wholesome nominee.
Hollywood has long claimed they make movies with sex, violence and abundant foul language because that’s what sells. Not true. The public is not buying all the filth Hollywood is producing. In 2006, the Motion Picture Association of America rated just over half of all movies “R.” These movies generated only 21 percent of the annual box office.
Fortunately, Hollywood does make some excellent movies. On Feb. 20, MOVIEGUIDE?: A Family Guide to Movies and Entertainment will hold its 15th Annual Awards Gala and give awards for the Ten Best Movies for Families and Ten Best Movies for Mature Audiences:
Our Ten Best Movies for Families are:
“Akeelah and the Bee”
“Facing the Giants”
“Ice Age: The Meltdown”
“The Nativity Story”
“The Pursuit of Happyness”
The Ten Best Movies for Mature Audiences are:
“Joyeaux Noel (Merry Christmas)”
“The Lost City”
“Mission Impossible III”
“We Are Marshall”
“World Trade Center”
These include three of the top 10 at the box office and less profanity in all 20 movies than in “The Departed” by itself. If you want to see some good movies, rent, buy or go to the theater and see any of the above. Many are truly inspiring. For reviews you can trust on the good and the bad coming from Hollywood, go to www.movieguide.org.