An Oscar For Fast Five

Posted: May 12, 2011 by Keith Stone in Fast Five, movies, Oscars, Vin Diesel

After 10 days in theaters, Fast Five has grossed over $300 million worldwide. That’s not a typo. $300 million. It was a great movie. The stunts. The story. The “acting.” When The Rock decided to join the gang in the heist, I nearly shed a tear. As I left the theater, only one thought went through my head: Oscar.

Great minds think alike. This is what Vin Diesel had to say on the matter: “I wouldn’t be surprised if there is some Oscar talk around this. I don’t know, maybe I’m just biting off what some guy from Channel 7 thought. But sooner or later, people are gonna say, ‘Wait a minute, just because they are for the working class doesn’t mean they’re not great.'”

Obviously it’s a ridiculous notion, but the Oscars expanded to 10 Best Picture nominees to attract more interest. Nothing would bring in more viewers than Fast Five being in the mix. It wasn’t anything more than a popcorn flick but it did its job perfectly. Fast Five gave the audience exactly what it wanted. That has to count for something. In the scheme of things, movies are created to entertain us and Fast Five entertained the hell out of me. Why shouldn’t there be Oscar talk?

Los Angeles Times

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