As Children of Men was, in my opinion, one of the best films of 2006, I was pleased to see it rising to #3 on the US box office charts this week, despite apathetic distribution and advertising. Over at Something Awful, user blairerickson was so impressed by the film and so disappointed that the studio wasn't pitching Children of Men at Oscar nominators that they started their own Why Children of Men Should Be Nominated For Best Picture campaign which centres around a neatly cut (if rather spoilerish) trailer featured above and on YouTube. As the SA forum notes:
Well with at least another week to go before Oscar nomination ballots are mailed in, I think it would be helpful to do as much as possible to at spread the Best Picture buzz for "Children of Men" across the internet. Though the film is being snubbed by its studio, perhaps a last minute grassroots hype campaign could change the tide. That's exactly how Crash won last year. And believe it or not, big industry players in Hollywood do read internet websites, even this one. After I wrote the Uwe Boll article I got fun email from some pretty big name producers and screenwriters within the first few hours of it going online.
So what can you do? For starters users can all DIGG "Children of Men" related stories and threads. If you're posting on other message boards, make a thread telling people to go see the movie. Oh and feel free to spread the YouTube video around, and perhaps that will remind a few academy voters somewhere about the movie or encourage more of them to check it out to see what the buzz is about.
I think this is an excellent grassroots campaign, using the power of participatory culture to push for a film nomitated by the fans if not pushed by the studios! The campaign is already picking up some respectable buzz which is great to see. If you've not seen Children of Men, I recommend you do ... and spread the word by sharing the YouTube video and blogging your thoughts far and wide!
(Incidentally, since I never posted an end-of-year wrap-up, my three favourite films for 2006 were The Prestige, Chidlren of Men and Casino Royale.)
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