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Friday, March 03, 2006

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There is an obvious exception to the sad list of action movies that deserve some recognition in this world, but can hope for none. (“[L]et's pretend the Academy has now seen the light and created the new category: what would this year's contenders be? King Kong and Batman Begins would have to be there, as would Joss Whedon's rollicking Serenity, as well as Mr and Mrs Smith and War of the Worlds, criminally underrated both.) And that is “The Fugitive,” which, naturally, got blown away by “Schindler’s List” in 1993. (Another Best Picture nominee from that year, “In the Name of the Father,” reminds us of how sanguine the American populace used to be when the Academy nominated a movie just for elevating the Academy’s sense of political superiority.) Why did ‘The Fugitive’ do so well?