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Awards Race: Voters’ Emotional State Determines What’s ‘Best’

Award Season Launch: Individuals can have mood swings, and so can voters

This year, quality isn’t enough.

The current campaign has already offered more than a half-dozen pictures that could have blown away the competition in a weaker year, with two dozen other fi lms also jostling for the up-to-10 nomination slots.

So the determining factor: What’s the mood of the industry right now?

SEE ALSO: The Best Picture Race: Will Academy Rise to New and Bolder Challenges?

In 2005-07, the best picture winners were “Crash,” “The Departed” and “No Country for Old Men.” The world was gripped by hopelessness and confusion, which was refl ected in the films.

But evidently people got tired of despair. The past three winners were “The King’s Speech,” “The Artist” and “Argo,” films that found happy endings.

SEE ALSO: PHOTOS: Awards Season Launch: The Best Picture Race

Individuals can have mood swings, and so can voters. In 2013, with mass shootings and global wars, as everyone is reeling from the recession and the digital revolution, awards voters might be feeling somber or optimistic — or something entirely different.

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