Quick thought on the upcoming 91st Academy Awards show. The awards nicknamed The Oscars. There is a minor issue that some have raised that should be addressed. Hopefully it will be properly during the ceremony.
Some awards will be given out during the ceremony but not televised. As mentioned here: https://www.theguardian.com/film/2019/feb/12/academy-reveals-which-oscar-categories-wont-be-televised-live. The awards that did not make the cut for the three hour broadcast (I did say three hours which is longer than just watching a movie itself) are for:
Live Action Short
Makeup and Hair
Another article about this issue and these categories which are supposedly being “boycotted” can be read here: https://start.att.net/news/read/article/newser-hollywood_alisters_revolt_against_oscars-rnewsernor/category/entertainment .
But this does not have to be the case. If the winners just “ceded their time”; like what is done in Congress; we would not have that problem. In both the House of Representatives and Senate; time can be ceded. That way others can have that precious time.
Do I believe that these categories that deserve recognition? Completely. There could even be more technical awards as well. Like Best grip (key or otherwise) is something that could be acknowledged. It will not. Neither will craft services. Or other behind the scenes awards.
In the end, neither will the four that are called out for not being included. I doubt anything substantial will be done about this. I think. I doubt anyone will “cede their time”. I doubt there will be any real protest. Those awards will be skipped.
The winners of the televised awards will thank the people that on our there list. And the show will go on.
Will the winners of the non televised awards talk long enough to be televised? I guess that is another method that could be used. They could bring out an enormous scroll to be read.
Or despite who wins; all the nominees could commit to going on stage together. They could all read their respective acceptance lists. That would make an effective protest in my opinion.
Maybe some winner will mention these awards in their speech? Someone? Anyone? Who knows?
I won’t be watching. I will just look up the winners afterwards. The Oscars have long ago ceded my viewership.
The show is normally uninteresting. I care little to none about celebrities taking selfies. Or people handing out food. And the show is so uninteresting; the representative from PricewaterhouseCoopers who hand out the award envelopes was not paying attention when the most important award was being handed out.
The Oscars fumbled the whole host thing this year. Who cares who the host is? Seriously !?! I don’t care. The only reason I would watch is if some (one/thing) was going to be unique and fantastic.
Since the Kevin Hart fiasco; the only “exciting” thing to mention is that Queen with Adam Lambert are opening the show. Adam Lambert has been fronting Queen for about 4 years now. So that is passe. Way Passe. They have done multiple tours together and the songs are not new even though they are fantastic.
The Oscars need to make a lot of changes. Like only (maximum) 5 best pictures nominees. Adding more films has not improved anything, AT ALL.
In fact, all categories need to only have the best. If that is only 3, so be it. That would make things more interesting. So would only announcing the nominees a weekend prior. I would do a lot to make things more modern.
But no one asked me. I saw four of the 8 best films organically within the first 2 weeks of their release. Not because they are Oscar worthy but because I or my wife wanted to see the film. That is what makes the difference to me.
Accept for hair and makeup; we do not see the work that these excluded categories do. They are behind the scenes or little seen films. They are very important parts of the process. I hope something significant happens to acknowledge these categories. Even though, I will have to read about it after the fact.
Good luck to all the nominees!
Here are my picks(for what it is worth, which is probably little since I don’t vote, yet):
Best Movie: The Favourite
Best Director: ROMA, Alfonso Cuarón
The Acting Awards
Lead Actor: BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY, Rami Malek
Lead Actress: A STAR IS BORN, Lady Gaga
Supporting Actor: CAN YOU EVER FORGIVE ME?, Richard E. Grant
Supporting Actress: IF BEALE STREET COULD TALK, Regina King
Docs, Animation, and Foreign Language
Documentary Feature: FREE SOLO, Jimmy Chin, Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi
Animated Feature: ISLE OF DOGS, Wes Anderson
Foreign Language Film: ROMA, Mexico
Adapted Screenplay: A STAR IS BORN, Eric Roth, Bradley Cooper, Will Fetters
Original Screenplay: THE FAVOURITE, Deborah Davis, Tony McNamara
Original Score: BLACK PANTHER, Ludwig Goransson
Sound Editing: BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY, John Warhurst
Sound Mixing: BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY
Original Song: MARY POPPINS RETURNS, “The Place Where Lost Things Go”
Cinematography: COLD WAR, Lukasz Zal
Film Editing: GREEN BOOK, Patrick J. Don Vito
Production Design: FIRST MAN, Nathan Crowley Kathy Lucas
Makeup and Hair: VICE
Costume Design: MARY QUEEN OF SCOTS, Alexandra Byrne
Visual Effects: READY PLAYER ONE
Animated Short: LATE AFTERNOON, Louise Bagnall
Documentary Short Subject: PERIOD. END OF SENTENCE., Rayka Zehtabchi
Live Action Short Film: FAUVE, Jeremy Comte