The Force Awakens to win Academy Award for diversity?
[D]irector J. J. Abrams (and his team) also provided moviegoers with more than just competency and characters; he created a sequel that complicates a pop myth with its real-world diversity. “The Force Awakens” may not be anywhere near as beautiful-looking as “The Revenant” or as provocative a critical plaything as “The Hateful Eight,” but it does more than get the job done. And while its populism is commercially driven, it feels as if it’s trying to appeal to more than cultists, critics or the Academy — which may itself be an argument for it as best picture.
So a mediocre movie is supposed to win an Academy Award for best picture, even though the original and much better movie it was copied from failed to win that award, merely because the new movie has “real-world diversity.”?
What they should do is retroactively take back the best picture award from Annie Hall and give it to Star Wars the original. Annie Hall is a cute movie and worth watching (and I especially enjoyed the scene where Diane Keaton orders a corned beef sandwich on white bread with mayonnaise at Katz’s Deli), but it’s no Star Wars. (On the other hand, maybe Annie Hall is a quintessential 70s movie in the way that St. Elmo’s Fire is a quintessential 80s movie, although the latter movie was not thought of as being in any way Oscar-worthy.)