Waste of Time
February 23, 2009 by admncc
I honestly took a few minutes this morning to contemplate writing to Hugh Jackman and asking him for last night’s 3.5 hours of my life back. In the end, obviously, the thought of writing to him was a joke, but that doesn’t change the fact I am probably one of the countless movie fans out there that is disgusted with last night’s Academy Awards.
I consider myself to be a very fair person. Yes, I have high expectations, but I am a realist at the same time. So with that being said, I will walk you through why I was so dissatisfied with The Oscars.
First, I live on the East Coast. The show didn’t start until 8:30 p.m. and ended at 11:55 p.m. This isn’t going to be so much of an issue for everyone on the West Coast, but I think I can speak for a lot of people out this way when saying that I didn’t particularly enjoy staying up until midnight to see who won in the “Best Picture” category. In the same breath, I had to wait more than three hours and 15 minutes for them to finally get to categories such as “Best Actress” and “Best Actor.”
So that leads me to ask the following question, “Who cares about some of these other categories?” Do I sound like a horrible and non-educated movie fan for not caring about who wins in “Costume Design” and “Sound Mixing?”
Here’s a thought; have a two-hour show where the awards for “Best Picture,” “Best Director,” “Best Actor,” “Best Actress,” “Best Supporting Actress” and “Best Supporting Actor” are given out. Then do the rest at a side-ceremony a week or two beforehand and show a highlight segment of that during the actual Academy Awards.
I seem to remember them doing some sort of side-ceremony a few years in a row for some of the foreign films, but after painfully sitting through last night’s show, I have to wonder if others out there agree with me? I’ve read a number of editorials over the years where the authors were asking the same thing – when will the Academy listen to the fans. I heard it phrased an interesting way this morning on the radio as a matter of fact. The DJ basically said, “Is this show for the fans or is it a show for the movie stars and there just happens to be a camera there?”
Of course if I was in the movies I would probably better understand and respect elements such as cinematography and art direction, but does the average Joe care about stuff like that? Probably not! Another thing is that I have never enjoyed having to watch artists perform the “Best Music (Score)” songs live during The Oscars. It seems like a colossal waste of time.
So before you attack me for not respecting everything that goes into a movie; hold on – because I do. I’m the guy who actually takes the time to watch the credits at the end of a movie. All I’m saying is that when The Oscars had the lowest rating for their show ever in 2008, I think that should have been a wake-up call to the Academy. And I don’t think the answer is having the panel-awards with five past winners, like they did last night. Yes, that was an interesting surprise, but I would have been more delighted if they said that this show would be the half as long as last year and that only the major awards (in the public’s eye) would be covered… Well, the last time I checked, I was not in the rolodex for the President of the Academy. But somehow I hope he’s listening…