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They favour weighty works over genre fare such as Avatar and The Dark Knight – no wonder the telecast ratings are in decline

The Oscars have always been a lumbering, unwieldy beast. To win a Golden Globe one needs to convince an electorate of fewer than 100; to walk off with an Oscar, an actor, director or producer must pass muster with more than 6,000 voters. The weight of all these members alone makes it hard for the Oscars animal to turn its head and catch sight of objects in its peripheral vision. Instead it appears fixated on what is directly in front of it: usually movies that have been hyped as worthy contenders from the moment the annual awards season begins at the tail end of each November.

There's also a particular type of film that tends to get picked up. The Oscarly movie is generally one with a certain gravitas that »

- Ben Child

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