Entertainment Weekly, that paragon of journalistic integrity that was originally conceived as the fast food of showbiz journalism, has taken it upon itself to rethink past Oscarswith a bootleg survey of Oscar voters and their particular likes.
The magazine is actually asking Oscar voters to re-vote and — sometimes several decades later — see if they still give Oscars to such films as “Shakespeare in Love,” “Terms of Endearment” or “Life is Beautiful.”
It will focus on five different years: 2003, 1998, 1993, 1988 and 1983. Results are expected to be published in January, 2009.
Not sure if this is a good idea or could prove catostrophic. It’s tough enough to get an Oscar in the first place — even if you don’t deserve it. But either way, it certainly shouldn’t be taken away by a dippy magazine poll.
We’ll see what happens.