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12-04-2012, 10:50 AM
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Originally Posted by XX View Post
Les Miserables is total Oscar bait. I hate movies that so obviously pander to the academy. But I'm going to see it because it looks fantastic.
It is total Oscar bait, but I'm not sure that is the result of pandering to the Academy, certainly not directly. If anything did any pandering, it is the big-ticket musical that the movie is based on which was designed to appeal to the same massive, well-educated, well-off audience that made the producers of Cats a fortune. And it certainly did that. In the process, the original theatrical version of Les Mis may have hoped to win an Olivier Award in the UK and/or a Tony Award in the US, but its likely appeal to the Academy is just an advantageous byproduct of its original conception.

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