How many of these winning films (and nominated films) deal with issues of crime and criminal justice?
Clearly, the winner of the Best Picture category, 12 Years a Slave is all about violence and focuses on one of the greatest "crimes" in world history (even though slavery was technically not illegal).
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I have not seen these films but I see one about crime: American Hustle
another about piracy: Captain Phillips
another about an illicit drug trade: Dallas Buyers Club
and yet another about widespread fraud on Wall Street (we celebrate this stuff? This is entertainment?): The Wolf of Wall Street
So it appears that crime and violence are still the tried and true ways to get recognition in the film industry!
I guess no one cares about all these studies showing violence in film impacts violence in the real world?
Or maybe ... just maybe ...