In September, the best and worst of this year’s Tony Awards were given out at the Hollywood Studios in Los Angeles, California. This is where the Academy Awards are given out every year. The Tony Awards is a farcical comedy festival that has been running for nearly half a century now. The only thing that has changed is the form of the award ceremony itself. It still includes the same categories:
- Best actor or actress in a Leading Role
- Supporting actor or actress
- Director for a specific film
Best Acting Performance
Every year, there is a different category for each of the awardees. Some of the usual choices are acting performances, the best director for the movie, the soundtrack or music, and production value. In addition, however, an “insider” category was also created just for this year’s Tony Awards. This is called the Favorite Project or the Visionary Award. The nominations for this category include some of the most well-known movies, including the Twilight Saga, The Fantastic Four, and The Hangover.
These movies were up against some pretty heavy competition. For example, the only film that won was the Arnold Schwarzenegger / George Clooney film Her. Other than that, all of the usual Oscar favorites cut, including the obvious choices such as The Social Network, Her, and Django. This was quite an amazing feat for such a relatively new genre.
Real Contender for the Trophy
The Best Picture category was much less competitive this year. One of the biggest surprises was the absence of such a big winner as Iron Man. It wasn’t even a real contender for the trophy, and it seemed like a sure thing before the day of the ceremony. But, of course, the usual suspects always dominate this category – The Departed, Gladiator, and Spider-Man 3. But unlike many of the other movies on this list, Iron Man saw no real competition, and many were shocked by its massive win over last year’s winner, The Wolf of Wall Street.
This is a testament to the power of the Disney brand. This film became a box-office hit in the summer of 2021, despite being a flop financially. Its worldwide audience and buzz made it the clear choice for the Best Picture award. And while the Academy has been making changes to its voting process in recent years, The Wolf of Wall Street certainly doesn’t fit under that criteria.
The year’s biggest surprise was the lack of buzz around the movie It. Some of the reviews were harsh, but the film itself was a blockbuster. But, after all the hoopla, it didn’t quite cut Best Picture. Maybe it was simply not the right film. Or, it just didn’t live up to expectations.
One movie that was left out of the Best Picture crowd this year was Edward Scissorhands. While it was certainly an interesting movie – with lots of politics, corporate power, and a great villain – it failed to captivate audiences at the Oscars. Perhaps it fell because no one saw it as a positive picture.
So, what was missing this year? There are two obvious choices for that category: The Wolf Of Wall Street and The Secret Life Of Cards. Both movies follow people who like to talk about them so that the Academy may overlook them. But, when you add The Wolf Of Wall Street’s questionable sexual content to the mix, it’s easy to see why it was ignored. Hopefully, next year there will be a few more movies considered for Best Picture, but for now, we’ll have to wait and see what happens.
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