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But Does Anyone Really Care About The Oscars?

by Sergio
January 24, 2012 1:59 PM
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I mean that. Does anyone really care anymore about them? And I'm not just talking about black people. I mean ANYONE? Black, white, male, female, gay, straight, Christian, Jew, Muslim. Anyone who thinks that the Oscars are still that important, raise your hands.

Go ahead, raise them. Wait there's one...nope. Wait, there's one over there...nope. I was mistaken. Anyone? Yeah I thought so.

It's been my belief for the longest time now that the Oscars are well past their shelf life. They're passe, antiquated, irrelevant. The world has changed and priorities have changed. Or maybe it's because as you grow up and years go by you become increasingly less tolerant of B.S.

Does it really matter that a small select group of people decide what was the best film of the year or who gave the best performance? What makes them know-it-alls?

Orson Welles never won an Oscar for best director and neither did Alfred Hitchcock. Ordinary People beat out Raging Bull for Best Picture. Goodfellas got beat by Dancing with Wolves. Shakespare in Love beat out Saving Private Ryan. Seriously?

Sure, there are a few things that I was happy to see recognized this year like Tree of Life, which I still think is outstanding, and I was glad to see Gary Oldman, who I personally thought gave the single best performance I saw any actor give last year, get a monination for Tinker Tailor Solider Spy. But even if he wasn't nominated I still would think it was the best performances I've seen by any actor last year.

Everybody is so excited about all the nominations for The Artist, one of single most overrated loads of crap from last year. "Oooh look it's in black and white and silent! How original! How visionary!" How about watching some real silent movies from the 1920's for a change, any single one of them far superior to The Artist? Actually Mel Brooks' 1976 comedy Silent Movie is far and way ten times better than what The Artist will ever be and a hell of a lot funnier too,

Just this morning I read a piece lamenting that Pariah got no Oscar nominations but The Help did, and that black people should boycott the Oscars. What again???? Like how many times have I heard that before? Besides Pariah is a superb film and will always be one. So what if it didn't get any nominations? If it somehow did get "white" approval from the Academy, than that would have made it a better film? Are people still that brainwashed?

Nope sorry. I just can't even fain an interest in the Oscars anyone. I can't even remember who won last year. However I do confess that I was actually looking forward to seeing the Awrads show this year because Eddie Murphy was going to host it. But then we know how that turned out, or rather didn't.

So now I have really no excuse to see it. Tell me later how it turned out.

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  • chiguy | January 24, 2012 8:24 PMReply

    The Oscars where created by the owners of the film studios to give validation to themselves. They also added a shine to the Hollywood image that made movies and their stars even more mythical. Most of the public may not care but those in the film industry do because an oscar win and even a nomination (except for black actors and actresses) means a steady supply of work, as well as a bump in fee. Yes it is heavily politcal, and yes it is a lot of smoke and mirrors, but that's what movies are. Smoke and mirrors.

  • Nadine | January 24, 2012 7:52 PMReply

    Make waves S&A!!! Be the lone voice!

  • Nadine | January 24, 2012 7:51 PMReply

    OKAY S&A...yeah, but here's what I WAS WAITING TO SEE... I was waiting to see Hollywood would basically lift their legs up and cr@p on Steve McQueen by punishing Michael Fassbender. Is no one peeping this? I mean the Descendants? Here's the thing, I can name COUNTLESS actors who could have taken George Clooney's role...countless and improved upon it...countless... MONEYBALL? Brad is my dude, but I have a similar logic...not countless, but I could name 3 other actors who could've rocked it. The thing with Shame, is that I can't think of anyone who could've done a better job...not known, but more importantly, Clooney and Pitt couldn't do it. Not the way Fassbender way. Clooney has never been able to pull off clinical without one remembering that he is acting. Pitt ALWAYS has a lot going on behind his eyes which would typically be good, but would have betrayed the character Fassbender played... Like, is no one noticing that this major snub happened to the actor in a movie made by a Black man who basically sent shock waves through Hollywood by taking their a$$es to task for not being inclusive (see This is, FOR ME, a BIG story... Is S&A going to cover? I think S&A has to cover! YOU CAN DO IT!!! MAKE WAVES!!! Demian Bichir, c'mon!!! So typical!

  • Donella | January 24, 2012 7:30 PMReply

    The Academy Awards are an exercise in white supremacy/white guilt. No thanks.

  • JMac | January 24, 2012 7:27 PMReply

    There was only one time when I ever felt truly happy that someone won the Oscar and that was Roberto Benigni for Life Is Beautiful. I channel surfed to the show when they were announcing best foreign picture. He was soooo damn elated, it made me feel pride and pity for that poor deluded man. I'm sure someone somewhere has the same amount of passion as he does at being recognized by the Academy. Those people are the ones that would make you want to tune in. Maybe if there's a black kid up for an Oscar, I might watch and try to feel that excitement again.

  • Miles Ellison | January 24, 2012 7:00 PMReply

    The slide toward irrelevance accelerated when Forrest Gump won Best Picture. That was the beginning of the end.

  • Nicole | January 24, 2012 6:39 PMReply

    " Does anyone really care anymore about them?"

    Well...yes. The advertisers, ABC/Disney, the Academy, some people in the industry, etc". Yes, Sergio, someone still cares about the Oscars. Maybe not you or me for that matter, but someone cares. And I believe it still matters to many of the actors. I still hear many of them saying in interviews "getting an Oscar" is one of their career goals. Although what they usually say is " I want to do 'quality' work(i.e. get an Oscar).

    And no "we" don't need white approval to tell us what films are quality. But the fact remains that right now the Academy Award is the standard of quality(I laughed as I typed that) or excellence inside the film industry. Just like the Baldrige Quality Award is the highest standard of quality to thousands of businesses. Or getting a ring is the highest honor for athletes.

    So yeah, somebody, somewhere cares. (Just not on this blog)

  • SlyFox | January 24, 2012 6:31 PMReply

    I've learned many years ago that these award pageants are just good for their ego and these artists need them to flatter themselves. I decided long ago that I will be my own judge and decided what's good or bad. It is only entertainment after all and why should we take this as an important event. Just enjoy them and don't give a damn about what these artists or critics think.

  • Traci R. | January 24, 2012 4:44 PMReply

    If they took a "yearbook" picture of the people who are the Academy'd probably stop caring too. :/ I stopped caring about the Oscars in 1992.I was only 9 and that was the last year I was hoodwinked, bamboozled, led astray. :P Eff.Oscar.

  • Keepin' It Real | January 24, 2012 4:34 PMReply

    Nope! Not when we have the BET, NAACP, Soul Train, and Hoodie Awards to make us feel special.

  • aliciafiasco | January 24, 2012 5:44 PM

    Hahahahahaha! You can't be serious.

  • Josh | January 24, 2012 4:28 PMReply

    I watch em. I'm a movie nerd so I have to. Hope Oldman finally gets his Oscar. I am aware that it really is just a showcase for internal Hollywood politics but I like to scream and point at the tv and say "NNNNNOOOOOOOOOOO!" Tintin got ROBBED, that was the best animated film of the year.

  • Arron Day | January 24, 2012 4:08 PMReply

    Burn Hollywood Burn! Yay Sergio!

  • Stevi | January 24, 2012 4:00 PMReply

    Wow! What bit you in the butt? Here's my thing. Because YOU don't like them or don't think they are relevant, that doesn't give you license to vomit on them. Lots of things are outdated but that doesn't make them irrelevant. I, personally, think that venting one's rage in a blog is outdated. This was a particularly good year for film. Did I like them all, no. But I definitely wouldn't call them crap. What I further do not like is people who think they are superior because they do not like what other people like. Get your mind right.

  • CareyCarey | January 24, 2012 4:39 PM

    STOP! HOLD IT RIGHT THERE! Tell me your disdain for Sergio's outspokenness forced the following to leap from your mouth---> "This was a particularly good year for film". WHAT!!? Now I see why you're mistaking vomit for good taste. A good year? Count me the ways? This was a terrible year.

  • Zeus | January 24, 2012 4:17 PM

    If you want to be an Oscar whore, that is your right. Don't tell others we HAVE TO like them because you do. Dictating other peoples opinions on blogs is "outdated" too.

  • KeepingItReal | January 24, 2012 3:45 PMReply

    I care about the Oscars, because I want one. LOL!

  • Tony | January 24, 2012 3:44 PMReply

    This feels like more of an angry rant then an informed, educated article.

  • David | January 24, 2012 3:54 PM

    @Sergio. This is a staid argument. Obviously the Oscars are shameless marketing competitions for studios and the like. But name one filmmaker -- I don't care how independent or "serious" -- who hasn't let "Oscar" affect the way they look at films, their peers and their own artistry. "That script won an Oscar." "But she got nominated for an Oscar." yada yada. I think it speaks more to how corporate industries work in general, than Hollywood in particular. External validations, no matter how dubious, affect people's judgment of themselves and others. Sadly, the hallmark of human nature.

  • Sergio | January 24, 2012 3:47 PM

    And your point being????

  • sandra | January 24, 2012 3:26 PMReply


  • Ash | January 24, 2012 3:08 PMReply

    Bravo, Sergio. I agree that what the Academy thinks is "good" doesn't make it "good". I also know there are a lot of politics involved. There's a lot that goes on behind the scenes when choosing the winners that makes the whole thing very opaque and "the best man" certainly doesn't always win. I also was really excited about Eddie Murphy hosting and that was the main impetus for me to watch. Now? Errrrhh I mean I could take it or leave it...

  • Devona | January 24, 2012 3:06 PMReply

    I think the Oscars are only important to those who are in the industry. For me personally (someone who is NOT in the industry), I do not care for them. I don't understand why the Oscars are treated with such fanfare. It's the same with any industry i.e. National Book Awards, Grammys, CLIO (advertisement), Nobel prize, Pulizer, etc.. I think they are significant for the people in their respective field moreso than people who are not in the field. Come to think of it, looking at the list of past National Book Award winners, I can honestly say I have never read any of the winning books. Same thing with the Oscars. All the movies nominated this year for Best Picture I have no wish to go see regardless of being a Oscar contender or winner.

  • Orville | January 24, 2012 2:49 PMReply

    I think some people regardless of race do care about the Oscars because they believe it is a symbol of success. I personally don't like the Oscars because I find it to be racist and discriminatory for a variety of reasons. The Oscars is just white Hollywood toasting themselves and that is it. The Oscars are about white acceptance and validation for some people of colour though which I find very disturbing.

  • Uncredited Rewrite | January 24, 2012 2:48 PMReply

    I think the Oscars are important because of the debates it creates. It's the same thing with sports the Patriots and the Giants won the AFC and NFC championship games respectively, BUT if you watch the games are they the best teams? If you want the entire regular season where they really the best teams in the NFL? It's something that you can argue and I think the more we can debate about it perhaps there will be some kind of change...I doubt it, but I'll enjoy talking about it.

  • Vanessa | January 24, 2012 2:46 PMReply

    I agree with you Sergio. The awards are antiquated, irrelevant and very cliche. They're all about about the ratings, so it's becoming more and more of a cheesefest, a backwards, white-guilt/white (period) driven one. They're catering to the masses and not trying to reward the best in cinema. That's it.

  • Melissa | January 24, 2012 2:45 PMReply

    I get your points about the Oscars, EXCEPT for dissing "The Artist". I loved it! There. Rant over.

  • reg | January 26, 2012 9:34 AM

    i haven't seen "the artist" because the basic plot, as recounted here and elsewhere, doesn't seem worth my $13.50 (NYC!). but what surprises me is that no one has compared it to the 3-4 versions of "a star is born" that already exist. i'm curious: is there no comparison to be made or not?

  • Sergio | January 24, 2012 2:51 PM

    See Paramount's 1927 silent film Wings which has just been released on standard and blu-ray DVD. Blows The Artist out of the water. The Artist was the same premise repeated over and over and over and over again. His career is fading and the girl becomes a major star. O.K. I got it the first time and they didn't have to steal outright the love music by Bernard Hermann from Hitchcock's Vertigo to make the point

  • Donnie Leapheart | January 24, 2012 2:45 PMReply

    In my 10 years of working in the media industry I've come to learn this: People only feign apathy for the Oscars when the films/actors they liked get snubbed. For black people it happens when "black" films/actors are snubbed. Same story every year.

  • reg | January 26, 2012 9:37 AM

    in my case, it's not apathy, it's disdain. and i assure you, donnie, it has NOTHING to do with the color of the artists.

  • BONDGIRL | January 24, 2012 3:28 PM

    Very true, Donnie. Just like the whole George Lucas ass-kissing that's been going on, the moment Hollywood gives a black actor/actress/director some shine, we will bend down to kiss the ring. Pathetic. As for me, I do enjoy the pomp and circumstance of the Oscars, and I love a tailored Versace I'll be watching.

  • Devona | January 24, 2012 3:13 PM

    "For black people it happens when "black" films/actors are snubbed. Same story every year."

    Really, Donnie? I didn't like it when the Globes and Oscars snubbed John Cusack for his performance in Grace is Gone.

  • Neziah | January 24, 2012 2:43 PMReply

    Absolutely not, the Oscars don't mean a damn thing to me.

  • other song | January 24, 2012 2:23 PMReply

    Sergio, is your problem with the Oscars as it is now or the whole idea of having an Oscars (aka a 'enlightened' group tell us their opinion on the best)? Personally, I don't mind the Oscars (as the latter) but the Oscars are becoming irrelevant because Hollywood films are becoming irrelevant, in terms of substance and impact. You either get these dumbed-down childish movies (Transformers) or you get this uber-pretentious nonlinear arthouse navel-gaze fests (The Artist). It's so polarizing. And I can't get excited about the Oscars if I don't give a f*ck about the movies they're promoting to begin with. That's the true problem imo.

  • Sergio | January 24, 2012 2:33 PM

    "Oscars are becoming irrelevant because Hollywood films are becoming irrelevant, in terms of substance and impact"

    I think you hit it right on the head. Movies used to be something almost special. Nowadays, with a few exceptions, they're not anymore

  • Zeus | January 24, 2012 2:21 PMReply

    I haven't nor do I currently give a damn about the Oscars. Except for Denzel, the award has done nothing to advance any black actors careers. If anything, its derailed black actor's careers. Can you say Cuba Gooding Jr, Halle Berry, Monique, Jaimie Foxx? We got two maids as nominees. Wow, what progress! F#CK the Oscars.

  • Arch | January 24, 2012 2:08 PMReply don't care about the Oscars and yet too the time to post an entire angry rant about it on this it.

  • Arch | January 24, 2012 2:09 PM

    *took.....dumb letter K went AWOL on me there.

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