It's essential for society to encourage or reward those who endeavor to nurture or nourish its highest ideals, which, by definition, are those most serious and least trivial.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, by providing a forum for peers to nominate peers , has taken up this challenge for more than 50 years. For Broeske to confuse high artistic achievement as judged by one's peers with mass-appeal popularity as measured by small-sample opinion polls, is nothing less than a call to starve those high ideals with mediocrity; to confuse what society most needs with that which it all too often must settle.

There is a difference between "Ran" and "Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom"; between "Gandhi" and "Jaws III". When those we entrust with knowing this difference, do not . . . than heaven help our film industry, and heaven help the society which it reflects.


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