Samuel L. Jackson and the most successful zasca at the Oscars I’ve seen in a long time

The road to the 94th awards ceremony Oscar it is not being a bed of roses. At boycott threats of some unions and unions and the criticism of several filmmakers, after the measure adopted to eliminate the delivery of eight awards from the gala (they will be broadcast on a deferred basis), now a less striking critic has joined. Samuel L Jackson has sent a message straight to the heart of the Academy.

Not only does it bother him that they have not awarded any of his works throughout his 50-year career, but that puts on the table the great problem of the institution with the popcorn audience.

Samuel L. Jackson attends the red carpet for ‘The Last Full Measure’ in Atlanta at SCADshow on January 20, 2020 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Paras Griffin/Getty Images for Roadside Attractions)

Jackson has never won an Oscar, at least for his film work. That is to say, despite being one of the omnipresent actors on the movie billboard and one of the highest grossing in history, the Academy has only recognized him with a single nomination in 1995 for best supporting actor for Pulp Fiction. And although he plans to receive the honorary Oscar for his achievements as a “cultural icon” this year, deep down it is something that bothers him.

I should have won it” said to The Times about that only nomination for the Quentin Tarantino classic. On that occasion he was competing against Martin Landau (Ed Wood), Chazz Palminteri (bullets over broadway), Paul Scofield (Quiz Show)) and Gary Sinise (Forrest Gump). Landau won it. What’s more, Jackson is convinced that they should have at least given him a second nomination for his work on wild fever, after being perplexed to see that they nominated two actors from bugsy.

My wife and I went to see Bugsy” recounts Jackson about the biographical drama that had double nominations in the category of best supporting actor for Harvey Keitel and Ben Kingsley, although neither won because the award went to Jack Palance for City cowboys. Damn, they got nominated and I didn’t? I guess black men usually win for doing despicable shit on screen. like denzel [Washington] for being horrible on Training Day. And all the great things he’s done in rosy roles like Malcolm X? Well nocriticism of the actor putting on the table the applauded work of his colleague, who lost that Oscar to Al Pacino for essence of woman in 1993.”so i should have won it [el Óscar de Pulp Fiction]. But the Oscars don’t move the comma on your check, because it’s about putting asses in the seats and I’ve done a good job at that.” He sentenced by putting on the table the great problem of the Oscars with the public and their low audiences in recent years.

A problem that the Academy is trying to remedy this year with an online vote that, for the moment, seems to have turned against him. The institution opened a vote on networks asking the public to choose their favorite film of 2021 to be recognized at the gala on March 27. However, instead of being the voters themselves the ones who recognize the film that elevated cinematographic art to a popular and box-office level, making it have the same value of recognition and voting as the rest of the nominees, they put the decision in the hands of the public. But the shot began to backfire on them since, at first, the fans of Camila Cabello and Johnny Depp had placed tapes as Cinderella Y The Minamata Photographer among the most voted, when they were not massive hits on a large scale but rather fanaticism votes for a particular star. Instead of being realistic and placing above those who managed to break down pandemic barriers and bring people to the rooms, like Spider-Man: No Way Home, No Time to Die either Godzilla vs. Kong.

In the latest list shared by the Academy we find the sequel to the spider hero, but also streaming hits such as army of the dead Y Tick, tick… boom! that did not go through the box office, but created fans from the sofa at home. In a certain way we could say that we are facing a recognition that stirs the fanatical fiber, and that it is not exactly intended to reward the films that kept the box office, and traditional cinema, afloat.

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The absence of films that the public turns into blockbusters translates into the constant drop in audiences that the ceremony has experienced in recent years. For example, last year, the gala garnered the worst data in its entire history, gathering 9.85 million viewers, according to data provided by Nielsen. And although one of the reasons is found in the general lack of interest in the lack of varied premieres due to the pandemic, this downward trend was experienced in the previous 2020 gala when it won parasites with 23.6 million viewers, being the worst data so far.

On the other hand, the galas that gathered the most viewers in front of the television screen in recent years were that of 1998 when he won a massive box office success as titanic (57.25 million viewers), and that of 2004 when the top prize went to The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (43.56 million). While the ones that performed the worst as a general rule were those that recognized films that were not popular blockbusters, such as the one from 2006 where it won crash (38.64 million viewers) or that of 2008 where the award was given to No country for old men (31.76 million), since then falling little by little with the last two ceremonies of 2020 and 2021 as the ones with the worst data collected since the audience share began to be counted in 1974.

This fall has led the Academy to decide to eliminate the issuance of eight awards in order to give more space to the show, and to bet on the aforementioned online voting in search of the most popular film. But neither measure seems to be working as you would expect.

In this way, the actor from the Marvel saga sharpened his knife even more by launching a zasca that resonates with all this. “They should have an Oscar for the most popular movie. Because that’s what business is all about.” he said while siding with the fans of Spider-Man: No Way Home who criticized the Academy for leaving the film out of the most important nominations, when it was the great savior at the box office in 2021 with some 1.8 billion dollars harvested (and counting). “It did what movies have always done: take people into a big dark room.”

All movies are valid” added. “Some go to the movies to be excited. Some like superheroes. If someone takes more rears to the seats then it means that your audience is not so extensive. There are people who have had successful careers but no one can recite a line from their characters. I am the guy who says phrases that are on t-shirts.

And he’s right. Of all those who could comment, he is one of the figures with weight to do so. Why? because he is the highest grossing actor of all time -without counting cameos or voice work- with a filmography that has raised no less than 27 billion dollars. His presence on the screen usually serves as a magnet for many viewers and, as he says in the interview, his face and phrases usually illustrate all kinds of shirts, being a cultural icon that is not exactly related only to fans. of the.

The big problem with the Oscars in terms of massive audience acceptance is the absence of blockbusters in the nominations. The awards have not been devoted to them continuously for a long time, but from time to time titles appear but without actually raising outstanding statuettes. For example, as happened with Black Panther to which they awarded three technical statuettes (costumes, music and production design) or joker, that despite the global applause, he only left with the Oscar for Joaquin Phoenix and best music.

It’s been many years since we lived a gala with cinephile passion, the kind that you only experience when you’re a fan of a production that causes massive talk, as they were titanic either The Lord of the rings. It is true that there are great films among this year’s nominees, such as The power of the dog, Dune, Belfast either Licorice Pizza, but if voters also looked at good productions that bring audiences to theaters en masse, without belittling them for being blockbusters, then perhaps audiences would say otherwise.

As Samuel L. Jackson points out, the Oscars continue to fail to recognize what the public embraces strongly, leaving their money globally, to those who fill the halls. As the.

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