Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Go Home, Oscar. You're Drunk

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has decided to add a new category for the 2019 awards show: Best Popular Film.

I am sure the Academy hopes that this will get more people to watch the show, since over the last 10 to 15 years they have been handing out statues to movies that not very many people watch at all, with a couple of exceptions now and then. It turns out that not many people are interested in whether or not a movie they've never heard of wins an award.

Left unaddressed is the fact that the Academy puts together a slate of 10 American-made movies for its "Best Picture" category but relegates every other movie in the world to a limited "Best Foreign Film" category even though some of those entries make the Best Picture nominees look like student films.

Also left unaddressed is how the Academy plans to honor good performances in popular movies, but that's probably a question that will have to be answered by someone who pays attention to the Oscars.

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