26 January 2013 12:12 PM, PST | Shadowlocked | See recent Shadowlocked news »

So here we are, approaching that special time of year again, the Oscars. Whilst for many cinema fanatics it is one of the most exciting events of the year, we should bear in mind the attitude towards them that is adopted by some, even those who have in the past been well recognised by the Academy. This is to say, as much as the handsome statuettes are valued for the earning potential and notoriety they provide, their artistic relevance and merit as recognition of the year’s best work is often arguable.

Upon receiving his Oscar for Kramer vs. Kramer, Dustin Hoffman said, “To that artistic family who strive for excellence, none of you have ever lost, and I am proud to share this with you.” It is a moving sentiment, beautifully expressed, summarising rather well the truth that a great deal of wonderful work throughout the year – by all »

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