The Brain Trust Prize: Hey dudes, Star Wars was nominated for Best Picture


Which kind of obviates the need for a special award for blockbusters and “popular” films.


Mark Wahlberg defends Oscars’ new popular film category


If only there was the popular category at the Oscars when “Transformers” or “Ted” were released.

“Maybe if they’d had the category before, we’d have won a couple of them,” Mark Wahlberg told Variety on Thursday night at the premiere of “Mile 22.” “We’ve had some really commercially successful films that we think certainly warranted that kind of notoriety. We make films that we want people to enjoy and if we get those kind of accolades, fantastic. If not, we make the movies for audiences to enjoy.”

“There are a lot of great films out there that happen to be very popular and haven’t been recognized that probably deserve the recognition,” Wahlberg said.


They do get recognized. They just don’t always win. And so the studios obviously want to game the system now.


Ronda Rousey, who plays a cold-eyed CIA agent in “Mile 22,” admitted that the popular category appealed to her.

“I might have a shot,” the wrestling star said with a laugh. “Finally, I’m in the running for an Academy Award. I’m gunning for the outstanding achievement in popular film [award]. You heard it now. Vote for me.”


Are there going to be new categories for Best Actress in popular films that can’t compete in the regular race? How exactly does that work, and what does it mean when you win?

What does it mean when a “popular” film wins? What are they actually winning? The “We’re the Best of the 2nd- and 3rd-Rate” prize?


Australian actor Nikolai Nikolaeff, who plays a mysterious Russian operative, also said he was a fan.

“There are some amazing films that get overlooked,” he added. “There has to be some kind of pat on the back for overall awesomeness. ‘Star Wars’ is one. You wonder, how did they get overlooked? It’s almost like they’re too successful, so it’s really something to celebrate.”


No, you wonder why some people are so stupid and ignorant. Star Wars was nominated for Best Picture in 1978, but it lost to Annie Hall.

Here’s an idea. Let’s take Woody’s Oscar away. There are bound to be cheers and happy tears galore. The Academy can then give it to Star Wars!




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3 responses to “The Brain Trust Prize: Hey dudes, Star Wars was nominated for Best Picture

  1. chad

    1. I think The Deer Hunter won in 1978. (Full disclosure: I love that film.) Annie Hall won in ’77? My memory is I went to see Sorcerer the night it opened and that was the same weekend SW opened. I think that was ’77.

    2. Mark Walberg has to go very far away.

    • semichorus

      Annie Hall came out in 77 but won the 78 award, Deer Hunter came out in 78 but won the 79 award. I think the shows were in April back then of the next year.

      Star Wars came out in 77 too, and so competed with Annie Hall.

  2. chad

    AHH!! Now let’s talk about The Deer Hunter…..

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