19 Feb '11, 9am

Oscar voters go mainstream - Straits Times

LOS ANGELES - IF ANY of the frontrunners for the best film Oscar win the world's top movie award in nine days, the idea that voters are out of touch with mainstream movie fans may be over after two years of trying. For that, Oscar owes a big 'thank you' to Batman and Clint Eastwood. Or, to director Christopher Nolan and his 2008 Batman movie The Dark Knight, and Eastwood with his feature Gran Torino, neither of which was even nominated for the best film of 2008 despite being popular hits. In each of the movie years 2009 and 2010, when Academy Award organisers doubled the number of best film nominees to 10 from five, the combined box office for the nominees was bigger than the total of all 15 contenders in the three years before. The 10 nominees of 2010 have accounted for nearly US$1.3 billion (S$1.7 billion) in US and Canadian ticket sales, and for 2009, it was US$1.7 bill...

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