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"Pilate saith unto him, What is truth? And when he had said this, he went out again..."

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Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Sizing Up the Oscars

Slumdog Millionaire was an entertaining movie and didn't disappoint as the Best Picture winner at the recent Oscars award extravaganza. A number of movies could have won which indicates there really wasn't a clear favorite this year. It was interesting that Sean Penn's movie Milk was a nominee for Best Picture. According to Box Office Mojo Milk is all wet. While Oscar voters vote with their pen (or maybe their mouse) viewers vote with federal reserve notes. Milk ranks in 1,854th place on the "All time domestic" gross revenue list with a domestic haul of $28m ($37m worldwide). As a point of reference The Dark Knight's domestic take is $533m. Iron Man comes in at $318m. Indiana Jones' 2008 flick about a skull has grossed $317m. Marley and Me made $141m for someone. Slumdog has made enough money ($175m) to pay for almost 0.5% of the U.S. Congress' next incumbent grab bag package ($410bn), although it remains to be seen if they donate to the cause.

Milk was clearly a propaganda piece that the Oscar voters shoved to the top level to feel good about themselves. When people live to make themselves feel good all sorts of craziness follows.

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