November 4 has come and gone, but the voting isn't over yet. Voting for the People's Choice Awards started yesterday and continues through December 7. You don't get many choices, though. Looking at the just-announced list of nominees, you might think only a handful of movies came out in 2008. Iron Man, The Dark Knight, and the new Indiana Jones will vie for top honors in both the favorite movie and favorite action movie categories. It's not surprising that in an award system based on popular opinion the highest grossing films would rise to the top of the list. Statistically speaking, chances are pretty good that even if you only saw three movies this year, those were the three you saw. Other not-unexpected movie nominees include Wall-E, Sex and the City, and Mamma Mia!
Remember back in elementary school, when they'd have a field day out in the playground with the 50 yard dash and a potato sack race, and how it almost didn't matter what place you came in because the teachers would just hand out participation ribbons to every single kid anyway? I do. With awards season upon us, it almost feels like a Hollywood Field Day, with every movie that came out in 2008 getting some kind of accolade or nomination. I half expect to walk into theaters and see every movie poster sporting a maroon participation ribbon. Along with the Golden Globes and the SAG Awards and the Razzies and all those other ones that have been in the news, well, here are some more.