when oscar gets a little too big for his boots

January 20, 2016 2:56am CST
I have never been a fan of The Oscars, and now that there's such insatiably rampant media coverage about the boycotting of it by Spike Lee, Jada Pinkett Smith, et al., I care even less. To me The Oscars has always just been about a bunch of overpaid, over-glamorised actors and directors patting each other on the back for a job well done. Designers throw dresses at the women, make-up artists beg to be allowed to make them even more beautiful than their plastic surgeons have already attempted to, and the media gets into a frenzy over the antics on the Red Carpet. There are ridiculous amounts of money involved and everybody nominated plans and delivers their winning speech for weeks in advance, thanking everybody from the midwife who delivered them, to the high school teacher who told them they'd never get anywhere in life. If a film is fabulously outstanding in every respect it should be nominated. If an actor puts their all into a film, which ultimately creates an unmissable film, they should be nominated, leading or supporting. If the music score is original and fits well with the film, the composer should be nominated. If the special effects were realistic and moving, the team behind them should be nominated. You get my drift, I'm sure. I see a lot of films at the cinema each year, averaging at about one a week. I'm not an expert. But I can see that not everybody can be nominated for an Oscar. Hundreds of films are made each year, some truly remarkable which barely get recognised, some which only do well at the box office because they star a certain character/actor or are loosely based on some book which was read by zillions of people. I realise that my view is a simplistic one. I understand that there are deep-rooted politics and long-held grudges about past treatment of people, but when famous people start stamping their feet and throwing their expensive toys out of the pram, I just stop caring. Nominations can't be held to ransom. What next? The best autistic tea maker category? Asian Extra Most Likely to Star in a Hollywood Blockbuster in the Next Ten Years category? If you do a job you love, and earn oodles of cash for doing this job you love, which affords you helicopters, eight houses, posh cars, free dresses, sponsorship of famous brands and twenty-four hour security, why worry about being nominated for something which ultimately means nothing? It's just another notch on your bedpost. You're still brilliant at your job. You still direct/act/edit/compose/style hair in an amazing way. Maybe next year will be your year. Just try a little harder to be good at what you're already good at. In the meantime, just cry on Leonardo's shoulder and give him a cuddle when he fails to win his well-deserved Oscar again. {This is directed at anybody who whinges about not being nominated, but it is influenced by this year's Oscars.}
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@LadyDuck (136121)
• Switzerland
20 Jan 16
So very well said, congratulations. If a movie it's good people will go to watch it, no matter if it won an Oscar or not. This is a complete waste of money. There are so many more useful things to do with money around the world.
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@WorDazza (9208)
• Manchester, England
20 Jan 16
An excellent assessment. I find it strange that, in a world where millions of people perform far more important jobs than appearing in films without expecting any recognition other than a decent pay cheque, those who are already showered with adulation and recognition don't feel they are adored enough and require a small(ish) ornament as proof of how loved and adored they are.
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@marlina (68525)
• Canada
21 Jan 16
Not a fan of the Oscars either.