Slumming for Oscars in Historical Dramas

Once historical dramas were about how we looked at our collective past. Now they’re about how we look at aging movie stars.

It’s not as if we’re living through a golden age for historical dramas, either – the opposite. The number of films set in the past is at an all-time low. Instead, what is happening is that actors hungry for Oscar-calibre roles are frequently having films built solely around those roles – and the rest of the film can go hang.


Two current examples of this phenomenon are lee Daniels’ The Butler and Jobs, in which Ashton Kutcher walks around spewing Jobs-esque banalities like “We gotta make Apple cool again!”

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s