Re: But you could say that about *any* best picture winner (and most nominees as well)
Posted by Joe on January 23, 2018, 6:21 pm, in reply to "But you could say that about *any* best picture winner (and most nominees as well)"
Based on people that I personally know it was more popular and had more staying power than many best pictures. That may be a quirk of happenstance, but I remember people, including people who were not old enough to have been part of the normal audience for it at the time of its release, citing it as a favorite into the late 2000s at least.
As far as the *any* best picture, I can think of a bunch that never seemed that popular, again based on personal acquaintance: Shakespeare in Love, The English Patient, Crash.
I'm not really trying to justify endless threads devoted to beating this dead horse, just saying that I always thought it was one of the most popular movies of the late 90s/early 2000s so it doesn't surprise me that it got more than the usual amount of abuse from its detractors. I don't think it weird, even if it is basically a waste of energy.