Back in 2009 the people who run the Academy Awards decided that in the interest of widening their net and drawing in a greater variety of nominees and television audience members they would increase the number of motion pictures nominated for the Best Picture category. For sixty-five years the Academy had been nominating exactly five movies for this greatest of all film awards, but there had been complaints about the accessibility of the nominees from laypeople. And let’s face it, studio executives had no problem with the idea of promoting a few more films or having a better chance of getting their names attached to something as prestigious as an Oscar nominated film. So it was all systems go.
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This past weekend, Dumb and Dumber To exceeded even the most optimistic box office projections. Critics were unkind to the sequel, but audiences who have been waiting twenty years for more Dumb and Dumber didn’t care. Now there’s talk of a Dumb and Dumber trilogy!
The box office success of Dumb and Dumber To has some people talking about a comeback for Jim Carrey. Carrey’s movie career has cooled over the last decade or so. His last unqualified box office hit was arguably Bruce Almighty in 2003. When a Dumb and Dumber sequel was announced, it seemed to some (myself included) like a desperation move. But now, it seems like a “hail mary pass” that connected.