Can movies’ moral messages increase their Oscar odds? They did last night during the 85th Academy Awards.
Msgr. Kevin Sullivan and. Fr. Michael Tueth, S.J., associate professor of communication and media at Fordham University, focused on movies’ moral messages to place their bets on which films would win the Academy Awards when they spoke on JustLove, SIRIUS XM Satellite Radio, aired Saturday, February 23, the night before the awards were announced.
Last night, many of their bets paid off.
Msgr. Sullivan correctly chose Jennifer Lawrence, the emotionally unstable widow featured in Silver Linings Playbook, as Best Actress in a Leading Role.
“It’s just so bizarre how in this world if you have asthma, you take asthma medication. If you have diabetes, you take diabetes medication,” Jennifer Lawrence said when she accepted the trophy. “But as soon as you have to take medicine for your mind, it’s such a stigma behind it.”
“That was a movie that had a lot of morality in it,” Msgr. Sullivan said, “ a sense of both personal responsibility and mutual solidarity.”
Meanwhile, Fr. Tueth predicted that Lincoln would win as Best Picture. Although his backup bet – Argo – came in first, Daniel Day-Lewis won Best Actor in a Leading Role in Lincoln.
“He’s thoughtful; he’s intelligent and he’s compassionate,” Fr. Tueth said.
Listen to their conversation on JustLove, the Catholic Channel.
JustLove airs weekly on Saturday at 10 am EST on SIRIUS XM Satellite Radio on The Catholic Channel 129.