It is awards season, and a great deal of news has come forth with opinions about the recently announced Oscar Nominations. With the announcement came one thing from me: confirmation that I will not be watching this years show. Why you may ask? Well here is why.
Out of every film that has some sort of nomination, I have only actually seen two: Maleficent (Best Costume Design) and Into the Woods (Best Supporting Actress and Best Costume Design). That’s it. If I have never seen the film, I don’t particular have interest in its success or failure. So why would I watch a 3+ hour long show that awards films I didn’t see and probably won’t see after the awards are announced? I wouldn’t, so I won’t.
It’s a White Male Show
I think Buzzfeed showed it best with their article This Is What The Oscar Nominations Look Like Without All The Men.
To gain a further understanding of this, let’s look at the Academy itself. Oscar voters are 93% white and 76% male. Also, the average age is 63. Not much diversity in the voters, so maybe it is a factor to the lack of diversity in this years nominations. For areas in directing, sound, writing, and visual effects the number of female nominees equals exactly 0. That’s right, zero. Number of people of color nominated for the highest honor? Again, zero. This can be further boiled down to woman and people of color not getting parts in films that would gain this high of esteem, which is a whole other topic on its own.
Taste is Subjective
I don’t like horror movies. In fact, I absolutely hate them and refuse to watch them. However, I know numerous people who love them. Taste in film, as well as numerous other things, is completely subjective. People will agree with the Academy, and others will not. What I think is an excellent film someone else will despise. The award is indeed a high honor for the actors and crew of nominated films, but I don’t believe it is the end all be all of a films success or worth.