(Every Friday, Cinematical Editor-in-Chief James Rocchi will be sharing his thoughts about what's going on in movies and ... well, whatever ... in The Rocchi Report.)

The Academy Awards are on Sunday – and, as I've said before, the whole idea of the Oscars is at best a little silly, and at worst, very silly indeed. But there is one set of circumstances where I point to the Oscars unerringly, and where I do use them as a great guide to the best in film. Simply put, you can use the Oscars to find out what's on the mind of movie-making in any given year – and you don't even have to wait and see who wins to do it. …

So, let us assume that you aren't a full-time movie-nerd; that you, in fact, pay to see movies and have a limited amount of time in which to do so … but you still want to see the best of the best, much as you might peruse the New York Times Best Seller list or the Nobel winners to see what's earning acclaim in the sphere of literature, or how news of The Grammy might inspire you to finally seek out and listen to Kanye West. And The Oscars hold a similar key to the world of movies. …

(More after the jump. ...)
categories Awards, Cinematical