LAST night’s Academy Awards featured an emotional tribute to the dire cinematic fodder that keeps the industry going.
Jason Statham, Hollywood’s face of routine action movies, presented a montage celebrating lucrative generic films made by people who would rather have been doing something else.
He said: “As everyone knows, the last thing you want after a rough week is a detailed and moving character study full of emotions.
“You want jokes about pizza, you want poltergeists, you want Ice Cube resentfully undertaking a car journey with some irritating kids. You want to be able to go off and do something else for 20 minutes and not miss anything important.
“So here’s to the Paranormal Activity franchise and to any film involving a cop in a disguise.”
The montage included clips from sub-par hits of previous decades, including Hard Target, Ace Ventura 2: When Nature Calls and The Notebook, all of which were applauded by an audience that knows where the money comes from.