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Are the Oscars still relevant?

Posted on March 20th, 2012
Posted on March 20th, 2012

by Coop Cooper

This year (2011) marks the first time in awhile I haven’t written a pre-Oscars article or made a very big deal out of the event. I felt a bit alienated by the awards ceremony this year when they nominated so many films I didn’t care about and snubbed many I loved. Their ultimate choice for Best Motion Picture ended up being “The Artist” which now holds the dubious distinction as the lowest-grossing Oscar winner of all time, simply because so few made the effort to see a black and white silent film. With all this hoopla and very little satisfying payoffs to general audiences, one could beg the question as to whether the Oscars has fallen into a pit of irrelevancy that it may never recover from?

I don’t watch the Oscars because I never like/see any of the movies that win.” This is the most common statement I hear from from people as the award ceremony rolls around and this year, I was much closer to agreeing with them. I begrudgingly sat through the miserable George Clooney vehicle “The Descendants” and balked at watching Glenn Close sport hideously bad man makeup in “Albert Nobbs.” I had no interest in watching Meryl Streep butcher the reputation of Margaret Thatcher in an “The Iron Lady” and I absolutely loathed the boring Cold War spy snoozer “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy.” Did anybody else out there rush to see “My Week With Marilyn,” “Beginners,” “Midnight in Paris” or even “The Artist” in the theaters? Did they even screen at a theater near you?

Also, the critics are becoming much more adept at predicting winners, destroying the suspense of the ceremony. Nearly all of them predicted “The Artist” would win Best Picture. Not only did it kill the fun of the final award of the evening but the fact so few saw it could be an argument not to watch the ceremony at all.

What about the slighting of huge critical and popular favorites such as “Drive” which should have easily received nominations for Best Actor (Ryan Gosling), Best Supporting Actor (Albert Brooks) and Best Picture? “Moneyball” and “War Horse” were also critically acclaimed and popular, yet for all of their nominations they won nothing. My personal favorites, “Martha Marcy May Marlene” and “We Need to Talk About Kevin” received zero nominations. Other critical favorites “50/50” and “Young Adult” were snubbed as well.

The runaway blockbuster “The Help” only secured one win by Octavia Spencer for Best Supporting Actress. I have a feeling that cynical critics playing a game of ‘Armchair P.C. Police’ had soured “The Help’s” chances by loudly proclaiming their personal discomfort at the racial subject matter and its presentation (never mind the film completely swept the 2012 NAACP Image Awards and the Screen Actors Guild Awards).

Then there is the whole circus of the event itself. If you are interested in reading about the sideshow aspect of the ceremony, simply type these phrases into Google: ‘Sacha Baron Cohen embarrasses Ryan Seacrest,’ ‘Angelina Jolie’s right leg,’ ‘Emma Stone humiliates Ben Stiller,’ ‘Robert Downey Jr. fake documentary,’ and ‘Scorsese drinking game’ to name a few.

Over half of the presenters’ jokes fell flat… Strange since these people are supposed to be the best actors in the world.

Meanwhile, Twitter lit up with a chorus of youngsters asking “Who the heck is Billy Crystal?” and some disgusted viewers cried “racism” while completely forgetting the Sammy Davis Jr. impression was one of Crystal’s most famous Saturday Night Live bits back in the 80’s.

While there were no political/partisan rants this year, the anti-establishment Iranian film “A Separation” won Best Foreign Language Film and the director gave a thoughtful and classy acceptance speech. However, his government completely undermined his intentions by publicly declaring the film’s award win as a “defeat of Israel” (Israel had a film competing in the same category). The Academy has yet to comment on this development, and probably won’t.

As for the technical ceremony itself, I thought it was well-oiled, expertly executed and one of the classiest Oscar presentations I’ve seen in years. The Cirque du Soleil performance may have been one of the most exciting floor numbers the Academy has ever put together. Plus there were Muppets.

While the Academy tries hard, they better get their act together. They continue to struggle balancing their desire to award colleagues for non-mainstream achievements while pleasing the public’s tastes and ultimately combine it all to deliver an entertaining awards show. With other awards ceremonies like The Golden Globes stealing their thunder, the future for Oscar looks more grim each the year.

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