Michel Hazanavicius’s The Artist (2011) has so far reached a $25 million return compared to about three times that amount by The Descendants. (1) Alexander Payne’s The Descendants (2011) won the Golden Globe for Best Drama picture, though it fails to rise in any significant way above a TV Hallmark Cards Sunday night feature. You could possibly find plausible reasons as to why the film has earned such a high honour, finding most certainly precedents in which mediocrity achieved acclaim.
Joseph P Natoli is a retired college professor and author of numerous books on culture and politics. He is a member of the editorial collective of BAD SUBJECTS, the oldest political online magazine on the web. He writes regularly for a number of political and pop culture online magazines, including SENSES OF CINEMA, BRIGHT LIGHTS FILM JOURNAL, POPMATTERS, AMERICANA, DANDELION SALAD, GODOT, TRUTHOUT