Length equates to Oscars?
So I was trolling through some past academy awards listings and the first Oscar winner in 1927-28 was 141 minutes. Classics that won the Oscar like "All Quiet on the Western Front", "Gone with the Wind", "
The obvious benefit to a longer film winning is because there is more room for development of characters, mood and story. Furthermore, longer films have larger budgets so they can afford to get more popular/talented actors. These are both great additions to a flick but a long film can easily become a pretentious opus or a tacky, visual effect abortion.
What ever happened to the 100 minute movie? There is something to be said for a filmmaker that can start a story and finish it in less than 2 hours. The only movies that are in this time frame are animated, independent and some foreign film. I'm not saying that
Films like "Ghostbusters", "Final Cut", and "Searching for Bobby Fischer" are a dying breed and I will miss the days where I could walk into a theatre and not spend the entire night there.