The Academy Awards as Guidance

Everyone follows the Academy Awards, but once they’re over, people often forget about them. Don’t be one of those people. Learn from past Academy Award nominees and winners.

Walk into any Blockbuster Video store and you’ll see walls full of the latest releases. The problem is that most of the latest releases suck. If you want to waste your time and money watching a mediocre movie, then BlockBuster Video is the place to go.

As a better alternative for your time, look up the past year’s Academy Award nominees and watch those movies. Such older movies are still excellent and educational to watch, while being cheaper to watch as well. Some of them can be found in your public library, others on video sites like Hulu or Crackle, and still others can be rented cheaply at Redbox or Netflix.

By watching good movies, rather than the latest releases, you can see great movies (all the Best Picture nominees that didn’t win). If you focus on the Academy Award nominees for best actor and actress, you can see how a well-developed character combined with a skilled actor/actress can make a character more dynamic and compelling to watch, but it has to start with writing a good character in the first place.

Just because a movie doesn’t win Best Picture doesn’t mean that it’s not worth watching, even if it’s several years old. “A Clockwork Orange” and “Midnight Cowboy” were rare X-rated movies that were nominated for Best Picture. They’re tame by today’s standards, but they’re worth watching over much of today’s latest releases that put explosions and mindless action over story development.

You have a limited amount of time so you can either follow the latest releases or study good movies from the past. It’s your choice.

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