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I Despise the Oscars

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Okay, so I actually tend to quite enjoy watching the Academy Awards being the large film buff I am. However, though I was thoroughly entertained by Jon Stuart’s comedic antics and largely satisfied with the execution of the awards, I was frustrated with the arrogance, pompousness, and elitism of the awards just as I am every year.


I know exactly what you’re thinking: Of course they’re pompous, we’re dealing with pampered celebrities here. Get the hell over it.


I understand. I don’t expect the attitudes of movie stars to be changing anytime soon. However, that is not what I’m getting at here. Rather, I’m continuously frustrated because the awards that are held in the highest esteem of all, the Oscars, cater not to the audience of movies, but to the small pool of “proper” and “intellectual” film critics. Why should the practical definition of excellence in movies not be determined by the majority?


Politics: Oscar material. Racial discrimination: Oscar material. Philosophy: Oscar material. Homosexual relationships: Oscar material. Entertainment: not so much.


Now, don’t get me wrong. I very much enjoy thought-provoking films that deal with important and controversial issues in this day and age, however, inserting some controversial content into a movie shouldn’t lead to an automatic get-to-the-Oscars-free card unless the execution and entertainment value of the movie are up to par as well.


Aside from Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, Juno, and a handful of other movies, the nominees and winners for the Academy Awards have been dramas. It seems that the Academy is very much willing to neglect an entertaining and well-done action film in favor of an inferior, but more “educated” drama.




Enough ranting though. I do not doubt that many agree with me, but I do not see the afore mentioned customs changing at all in the near future.


Your writer,


Written by Nicholas

February 25, 2008 at 11:08 pm