How utterly predictable is the backlash against the Oscars and its winners? First, the Academy is a club you earn your way into. The Oscars is its own annual club party. You don’t have to watch, you don’t get to go, it’s not about you.
It is a spectacle for those who want to eavesdrop and be a voyeur at a party to which you have no invitation. You don’t have to care at all. You don’t have to see any of the arty films that win.
For those who want the most popular movie to win: Quantity does not equal quality. Give those producers your money! If you loved the movie, it doesn’t matter if it won an Oscar, because it got made, you saw it, you loved it. YAY! The producers and stars won’t need an Oscar to keep making popular money making movies. The tech guys might get better jobs by winning Oscars, so good for them.
You didn’t vote. It is decided by an imperfect voting system among members only. Some are artists that vote carefully and with great consideration. Some vote for their friends. It’s a vote, not an audience poll. Watch the People’s Choice awards if you care more about the people’s choice.
They don’t owe you a damned thing. They like good ratings, why wouldn’t they? But the show is for the audience IN the theater. We are spectators, not participants.
And this comment complaint: how can the Best Film not have the best director/writer/etc… Would you rather they just call out Best Film and the director, writer, editor, etc just line up behind the producer and all get their awards? Would be a lot shorter show, but that’s completely the opposite of the point of having these wonderful categories in the first place.
These typical Oscar hater comments come out every year in one variation or another:
- I didn’t watch any other nominated film or performance, but MY favourite still should have won.
- I did see the winner and I didn’t like it, so it didn’t deserve to win.
- The show did not entertain ME the way I like to be entertained.
Fine. Don’t watch the Super Bowl if you don’t like the teams, or the winner, or the score each year either.
We had some great acceptance speeches that touched on virtually all the issues of today. We had a better selection of songs and performances than is usual. This pissed off the expected segments of (American) society online.
J.K Simmons: “Call your living parents, don’t even text or e-mail.” Excellent first speech of the evening.
Grand Budapest Hotel gets two for style – the people who work for Wes Anderson LOVE him, that’s cool.
Ida: Gotta see this film! Great speech, loved that he talked over and through the music!
The Phone Call – fun Australians!
Crisis Hot Line: Veteran’s Press 1 – Camera cuts to Bradley Cooper. (This is not his movie – his movie was a fictional film.) This is a documentary category. Suicide prevention speech gets music played over it.
Whiplash gets a second for sound mixing.
American Sniper gets its only nod for sound editing – the sounds of all those bullets I guess.
Ahhhhh…. Patricia Arquette!!!
“To every woman who gave birth to every taxpayer and citizen of this nation: we have fought for everybody else’s equal rights. It’s our time to have wage equality once and for all and to fight for equal rights for women in America.”
Haters say: A millionaire shouldn’t complain about money.
If the boys are paid more millions than her because they are boys (and the Sony hack proved this), YES she should complain about money.
Interstellar among a strong visual effects category – have to check this out maybe…
Feast and Big Hero 6 – Disney, but every animated film is a winner for the sheer effort.
Another for style for Grand Budapest Hotel. Should see this at a theatre not on a home screen…
Cinematography – Birdman is filmed as if one long take – so there is intricate and innovative camerawork (so I have read) so this makes me more interested in this film.
Whiplash gets editing – a more prestigious award than most people realize.
The biggest snubs in the lead acting category present Citizenfour for Documentary and the winners give a great little political acceptance speech about freedom from government spying.
Neil Patrick Harris makes a slip of tongue joke with the word treason.
Grand Budapest for score, Birdman for original screenplay – nice speeches.
Next most memorable speech – Imitation Game‘s adapted screenplay – Stay Weird. Stay Different – inspiring and the type of speech that got me hooked when I was a kid.
Birdman for director – again for the long takes and unique storytelling – the very thing a director does – and I love Iñárritu and his two speeches so far. (I love when people with accents win – it’s not an AMERICAN awards show for AMERICANS in AMERICAN films. The Academy happens to be based in the USA, and the industry thrives there, but expression through film is universal. Films not made in the USA, not made with American money, and not in English are all eligible for Best Picture and other awards.)
Eddie Redmayne and Julianne Moore for ALS and Alzheimers – and haters don’t dare… except some do, the American Sniper fans do…
When Birdman wins, Iñárritu gets it on-line for the immigration comments, but half the commenters choose to hate Obama instead of the Mexican writer/director/producer. Sean Penn is his pal, but makes a wetback-style joke about the winner. Not cool, but not my party. I’m sure some people at the after parties will let him know.
And the Best Song, and only performed category: Adam Levine: Meh, but not a bad song.
Tegan and Sara: Everything is Awesome is awesome – plus they still look like they are teenagers.
Tim McGraw does the spare heartbreaking last song of Glen Campbell. I hear the lyrics (“I’m Not Gonna Miss you” – because he won’t remember his loved ones). I cry.
Rita Ora sings a beautiful song with beautiful lyrics.
As I had hoped, the performance Glory was moving and powerful. The staging with the bridge and the marching – simple, inspired, and a hell of a visual. Legend and Common (Stephens and Lynn) give brilliant meaningful speeches.
Haters are easy to find – usatoday, yahoo, any mainstream news aggregate site is filled with their comments:
Agenda-this. Criminals-that. Played-the-race-card. and the most vitriol, as expected for the lyric about Ferguson. I imagine white racist heads exploding when they heard that song for the first time last night.
Like I said, a hell of a visual.
So haters hate women for wanting equal pay, and black people for wanting to vote and live free, and non-blockbusters for not being 100% universally loved – according to comments. They hate Obama and immigrants. They will pour a bucket over their head for ALS but don’t want AFFORDABLE HEALTH CARE (that IS the name of the Act, isn’t it?)
Ahhh, the Oscars. I can’t wait for next year.