A great quote from James Surowiecki on the Oscar nominations:
The funny thing, though, is that Hazlett's broader point, about the Oscar voters foolishly ignoring popular films this year, is right--though not for the reasons she thinks. There's no doubt, after all, that the most popular film of the year, "Wall-E," was also among the best, yet it went unnominated for Best Picture. And one could similarly make a case for Christopher Nolan's excellent if flawed "Dark Knight," which was a huge box-office smash. The problem with the Oscar voters isn't that they love small, independent films like "Frozen River" too much. The problem is that they think tasteful, middlebrow dramas like "The Reader" are necessarily more artistic or serious than a movie like "Wall-E." This year, at least, the Oscar voters should have more paid more attention to what ordinary people liked, not because it would have made for great television, but because it would have made for better nominations.
Granted, I saw very few new movies in 2008, but I did see both "The Dark Knight" and "Wall-E", and they'd certainly be on my list.