Rewriting Oscar History

Oscar Wilde once said, “The one duty we owe to history is to rewrite it.” That’s especially the case with the Academy Awards, where short-sighted Oscar politics often snub more deserving winners. Sometimes it’s hard to see the Forrest for the Shawshank trees, Raging masterpieces rarely connect with Ordinary People, and academics raise Kane over How Green Was My Valley.

Hindsight is 20/20, so let’s re-open the envelopes with historical influence and pop-culture legacy. Let’s level the playing field for forgotten genres like comedy, action and horror. And let’s remove tired dogmas that say mainstream hits can’t compete with high art, or that “foreign films” should be relegated to separate categories. It’s time to set the record straight: