Why Films Based on Real Life Are Flooding the Oscar RacePosted: October 16, 2013 Filed under: Entertainment, Mediasphere | Tags: Argo, Ashton Kutcher, Ben Affleck, Matthew McConaughey, Robbie Brenner, Steve Jobs, WikiLeaks, YouTube 1 Comment
VARIETY‘s Tim Gray reports: So it’s little surprise that there are twice as many reality-based films currently vying for awards attention as last year, when one of those, “Argo,” took home the best picture Oscar.
Even though such movies are tough to pull off, filmmakers agree that the jump in numbers (from 8 to 17) is due to several factors, including audience tastes, studio responsiveness, filmmakers’ determination and the social-media world we now inhabit.
“The boundary between public and private is starting to merge,” says Bill Condon, who directed “The Fifth Estate,” about Julian Assange and the creation of WikiLeaks.
Condon suggests that thanks to public platforms like YouTube and Twitter, “People are starring in the movies of their own lives and sharing those things with everybody else.”