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33 Days: The Unbearable Whiteness of Being Ordinary People™

January 31, 2011

1979's Kramer vs. Kramer

1979’s Best Picture – Kramer vs. Kramer and Ordinary People (Best Picture the following year) signaled the end of the domination of those The Unbearable Whiteness of Being Ordinary People™ movies as forgone Oscar winners. Oh sure, their marriages, divorces, affairs and reversals of fortunates still require complex treatment on screen – I see you, Rabbit Hole – but gone are the days when these explorations were considered an event. Nowadays these portrayals of whiteness on the skids are relegated to Lifetime or the Hallmark channel. But there was a time when they once reigned supreme.

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5 Comments leave one →
  1. January 31, 2011 12:47 pm

    By the time As Good As it Gets was nominated those kind of films seemed hopelessly anarchronistic.

  2. A Sarah permalink
    January 31, 2011 11:12 pm

    I’m glad that Timothy Hutton got out of that genre, mostly. (Kidnapped might count, I guess.)

    Late to say this, but: nice redesign of the banner!

  3. February 1, 2011 5:09 am

    They’re trying to make a comeback. I see you, Little Children and Rabbit Hole!

  4. Racquel permalink
    February 1, 2011 1:55 pm

    Now you’re just insulting lifetime. The films you mentioned aren’t good enough for lifetime. And that’s saying alot.

  5. Emmitt permalink
    February 1, 2011 5:18 pm

    Ordinary People is so good that some days I’m okay with it winning over Raging Bull.

    Besides that one, I don’t really care for the majority of these kinds of films. Histrionics, everywhere.

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