True, Russell Crowe did not win at the 74th Academy Awards on March 24, 2002. But because this highly-coveted award show by those in the industry is losing viewers, wonderful actors like Crowe become even more important in the survival of movies as entertainment.
Audiences continue to stand-in-line for the movies, but less are clicking-in to the Oscars. Possibly because the focus has turned into the highly publicized "best-dressed/worst-dressed" status of the Oscars.
Instead, there should be more on how films are artistically made. An excellent example of this is during the presentation of original and adapted screenplays. How the writer's words were transformed into pictures by actors like Crowe showed just how much work it takes to do this. Read more about movie scripts.
Also, there should be more focus on why movies get nominated not simply because critics like Ebert like them, but more on how a Ron Howard, Crowe, and Akiva Goldsman "craft" a film. Read more about how movies are "creatively crafted."
If the Oscars do this, then more audiences will become better informed viewers on the artistry of filmmaking. They will know why Crowe and A Beautiful Mind get nominated for Oscars. They will appreciate movies as a Crowe would see them. More importantly, they will continue to support actors like Crowe and the past and present filmmakers and their contributions toward the survival of the industry.
The fashion, though, is fun to watch. It is another aspect of creativity that's like the charming frosting on the cake.
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