Samuel L Jackson wants Oscars for popular films | Partner Content: Arts, Films and TV
Samuel L. Jackson thinks there should be a most popular movie Oscar.
The ‘Last Days of Ptolemy Grey’ actor is fed up with criticism of studio blockbusters, especially superhero films, as he insisted that all films are “valid” and that the fact of Bringing audiences to theaters is the industry’s raison d’être.
He told the Sunday Times Culture magazine: “All films are valid. Some go to the movies to get emotional dearly. Some like superheroes. If someone has more butts on the seats, it just means your audience isn’t as large. There are people who have had successful careers but no one can recite a single line from their parts. I’m the guy who says fuck it’s on a T-shirt.
“They should have an Oscar for most popular movie. Because that’s what it’s all about.”
When asked if ‘Spider-Man: No Way Home’ should receive an Oscar, he replied: “They should! It did what movies have done forever – it brought people into a big room dark.
The 73-year-old star has only received one Oscar nomination, for his role in ‘Pulp Fiction’, and while he thinks he should have won back then, he also believes his work in “Jungle Fever” was unfairly snubbed.
Samuel – who will receive the Academy Honorary Award at the next ceremony – said: “My wife and I went to see ‘Bugsy’. Damn! They got nominated and I didn’t? I guess black people usually win for doing despicable bullshit on screen.
“Like Denzel [Washington] for being a horrible cop in “Training Day”. All the good things he’s done in uplifting roles like “Malcolm X”? No – we’ll give it to that mother *****.
“So maybe I should have won one.”
But the ‘Snakes on a Plane’ star doesn’t think his lack of trophies has impacted his career.
He added: “But the Oscars don’t move the decimal point on your check – it’s about putting asses in seats and I’ve done a good job of doing that.”