Will Argo or Lincoln change lives? They’ll certainly redistribute more than a little wealth and also spur countless dinner party arguments about historical accuracy. But more than that? Or is that enough for an Oscar?
Should films, and particularly celebrated films, change lives? A cynic might claim that the Oscars aren’t about changing lives but something close to the opposite. They might be simply a celebration of the technical and human brilliance at transmogrifying even the most serious of topics into mere entertainment.