The 85th Academy Awards are getting closer, and the big question on Oscar watchers' minds is whether "Argo" will sweep this awards seasonPart of what makes in the not so distant future class noteworthy is that they aren't clear box-office draws.
Westerns are expected to be dated. Exorbitantly itemized stories about congressional legislative issues aren't more often than not popcorn-chomping hits. Religious-minded pictures focused on an unfamiliar junior performing artist and a computerized tiger directionless on a watercraft don't commonly steamroll similar to a superhero blockbuster.
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"The films worked," Harvey Weinstein, co-executive of the Weinstein Co., which discharged "Silver Linings Playbook" and "Django Unchained," stated at a later Producers Guild of America occasion. He called the best picture candidates "the best accumulation of films we've had in 20 years" and guaranteed the studios have another boldness to "barely put it all on the line."
That is most likely exaggerating the aesthetic drive of the studios, which are as of recently onto discharging their ordinary mid-winter dreck in advance of their bloated summer establishment pictures. However the studios are likewise generally acted for at not long from now Oscars: Warner Bros. has "Argo," Universal has "Les Miserables," Disney has "Lincoln," Fox has "Life of Pi" and Sony has "Zero Dark Thirty." Several of the previously mentioned pictures were prepared with outside financing, yet they all profited from the solid appropriation and advertising of a major studio.
It all focuses to solid health for Hollywood: A star-studded recompenses celebration of nine changed films to top a boffo 2012. The year's local box office hit a record $10.8 billion and the number of tickets sold expanded without precedent in three years.
"The exceptional news is there's a hearty grouping of moviegoers seeing value pictures. That is the genuine story," states Peter Guber, the veteran maker and executive of Mandalay Entertainment who handled the best picture-scoring "Rain Man," near alternates.