Good point. Rarely are sex scenes necessary to the story. Usually they come off like the male director's fantasy.
Tell that to all of the women who were put in the position of having two choices: get naked or get fired. That's a situation you, and Sean Bean, clearly don't understand.
Hopefully this data will encourage Hollywood to stop pandering to the censors of an authoritarian country and get back to telling good stories again.
I've only read State of Fear, the controversial climate change book. Regardless of the topic, it's a great story. I wish there was a way to make State of Fear into a movie or series while still addressing the climate questions.
When the bulk of your budget depends upon one annually televised ceremony, you've got bigger problems than ratings. The more the Academy puts Oscar ratings ahead of awarding film excellence, the faster they push themselves to irrelevance or out of existence.
Even if American movies did "self-righteously scold" a portion of the American audience (more like 30% than 50%), they're poorly done. American movies are full of too much CG, too much dialogue, too much plot, too little character development and are frantically edited. They're just…bad. I think we've also gotten to the point in film history in which the audience has seen it all and nothing is new. No more surprises, no more movie magic. Maybe the art form has run its course.