Entertainment Weekly wants Hollywood to rewrite Oscar history by giving the film industry a chance to revise the Oscar history books. It's called "Recall the Gold."
On October 6, EW is inviting more than 7,000 Hollywood insiders to participate in an extensive survey to re-vote on past Oscar races. EW wants to test which movies truly stand the test of time. With the benefit of hindsight, did the right films and performances win over the past 25 years?
"Every year we talk about the effect of campaigns, and spending too much money and did they buy the Oscar, especially at the height of the Miramax era," says Smith, who was inspired by Brokeback Mountain's loss to Crash. "Would people stand by that five years later? Was it five years ahead of its time? We have all looked back and thought, 'they picked that?'" If a movie crosses time and generations and all that, does it still resonate? The object is, if you strip away everything, the campaigns, the timing, in terms of pure movie quality and performance, were the right films picked? If you voted again, would you vote the same way? It's voting without buzz."
Monday EW is mailing out their official "Recall The Gold" ballot inviting the industry to vote in six major categories for five given years spaced five years apart--2003, 1998, 1993, 1988, and 1983--five, ten, fifteen, twenty and twenty-five years ago.
This is going to be really interesting. They've created their own "Academy" list of 7000 film professionals, but this time including film agents, who are not allowed to be Academy members. Will Shakespeare in Love still win? The winners will be announced in January. Read the whole article here. Coolio!