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On one level, the Academy Awards can have an enormous effect selecting which movies or singular movie will be designated as the most prestigious films from a single year. However, it’s also possible that they’re simply a reflection of opinions that have already been formed about the best films of the year, and when the Oscar pick for Best Picture disagrees too much with the popular and critical opinion, it gets swept aside. Driving Miss Daisy, for example, isn’t exactly hailed as a lasting contribution to the history of cinema. Meanwhile two movies that weren’t even nominated, Spike Lee’s Do the Right Thing and Woody Allen’s Crimes and Misdemeanors, are considered two of the greatest of their decade at the least, despite Oscar’s lack of recognition.

So it’s important to remember with the awards coming up that they may not even mean that much. »

- Darren Ruecker

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