OVERRATED: Films celebrating film

All due respect to <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="EVHST000005" title="Academy Awards" href="/topic/entertainment/movies/academy-awards-EVHST000005.topic">the Oscar</a>-nominated <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="ENMV0011865" title="Hugo (movie)" href="/topic/entertainment/movies/hugo-%28movie%29-ENMV0011865.topic">"Hugo"</a> and <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="ENMV0011340" title="The Artist (movie)" href="/topic/entertainment/movies/the-artist-%28movie%29-ENMV0011340.topic">"The Artist"</a> (pictured), but is there any greater recipe for awards season success than releasing a movie that could be described as "a Valentine to the cinema"? The Grammys, Emmys and all the other races for year-end statuettes are generally exercises in celebrating a given medium, but why is it that movies in particular seem especially addicted to reminding us how wonderful they can be?

( The Weinstein Co. )

All due respect to the Oscar-nominated "Hugo" and "The Artist" (pictured), but is there any greater recipe for awards season success than releasing a movie that could be described as "a Valentine to the cinema"? The Grammys, Emmys and all the other races for year-end statuettes are generally exercises in celebrating a given medium, but why is it that movies in particular seem especially addicted to reminding us how wonderful they can be?

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