I havent watched The Oscars in some time.
Ive always wanted to hold an Oscars themed party and have pools where attendees can fill out their brackets for each of the award categories, but unfortunately that has never materialized, mainly because of time and well, seems to me like my friends dont really care to watch The Oscars either.
Which brings me to the point of this entry.
The inclusion of the...hold on...let me see if Im reading this correctly...Popular Film Category
My face after I read that.
So let me get this straight...
In order to boost viewership in what many people call the movies jerking themselves off, the academy figured the best solution was to include what I would assume are the top 8 grossing movies for the year.
I mean if its a popularity contest then that would have to be part of the criteria right?
This concept is stupid in a way that I cant really articulate here in words at the moment because it also appears that these movies could also win BEST PICTURE?
Wait, didnt The Academy expand the best picture category only, what 10 years ago from 5 to 10 so they could include more movies?
And now with this new nonsense we can add at least 5-8 more eligible films?
My sentiments exactly, David.
So we are looking at POTENTIALLY FIFTEEN TO EIGHTEEN movies that can win Best Picture...
Because ratings are down.
Oh and they also want to make the Oscars THREE HOURS LONG.
You want to boost viewership?
CUT THE SHOW DOWN.
Noone wants to stay up past 10 just to see who won best picture and hear the same canned fucking speeches everyone gives.
Theyre going to do what Ive been doing lately.
Waking up the following day and getting the list online, and if theres something worthy to check out, then theres always YouTube.
The Oscars are not must watch TV.
The Oscars are not exciting.
There is no need for this category outside of the hail mary pass play of getting a younger audience to see which Marvel movie won an award.
Theres an awful side effect to this that you know is coming...
With the addition of this category, studios are going to be taking even LESS of a chance on the independent film maker.
Theres no motivation to anymore
If the studio wants to pad its cabinet all it has to do is create something that "hits all the tick marks" and BAM.
Mmm delicious Oscar bait...
Honestly I really hope this bites them in the ass hardcore.
Pandering to a segment of your audience never works out, especially when overall movie watching is down as I understand it, now theres even less of an onus to go out and actually watch and support good movies like Lady Bird and Moonlight.
I love the Marvel movies, I absolutely loved Skyscraper, and these movies are fun, Im not against fun in the least, but do they have a place in The Oscars?
If you want to include those kind of movies then create a new category, like Stuntwork, just because a movie makes a fuckton of money, doesnt necessarily mean it deserves an award.