Saturday, January 17, 2009

The Real Best Picture

Much hoopla has been made about Slum Dog Millionaire winning Best Picture at the Golden Globes and the fact that it currently has a 75% chance of winning the top prize at the Oscars as well. Lost in all of the scuffle is the fact that the people have already decided on the best movies of the year, via imdb.

The Dark Knight is the best movie of 2008. It has a rating of 9.0 out of 10, while Slumdog Millionaire has only an 8.7 out of 10. The Wrestler is next with an 8.7 as well (position on the top 250 breaks the tie), followed by The Curious Case of Benjamin Button with an 8.5, Gran Torino with an 8.3, and Milk with an 8.1.

The number of votes on each of these movies is astounding. Each of the movies mentioned has well over 10,000 votes. The Dark Knight has 332,333. That's more than the population of the Bahamas!

Who cares what some snobby industry insiders think? The Oscars are an anachronism, having been replaced by the will of the people.