Revenge of the Box-Office Winners
Suddenly, the multiplex is showcasing as many Oscar contenders as the art houses as "Argo," "Lincoln" and "Life of Pi" perform big -- and become front of mind among indie-accustomed awards voters.
You can't blame the public for thinking the Oscar race is out of whack. For more than a decade, the best picture contest has been dominated by small, independent films that never established a major box-office presence, at least not initially. The classic example is The Hurt Locker -- it grossed a mere $17 million in North America -- which on the way to the 2010 best picture trophy beat out Avatar, the top-grossing film of all time, with a worldwide take of $2.8 billion. Again and again, Academy voters have made it clear that box office isn't a requirement for a win.
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