oscar snubs, and why the oscars don’t really matter

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One thing that I have grown accustom to is watching those Oscar bait movies that always end up occurring at the end of the year -so they’re able to qualify for the upcoming Oscars whilst still being fresh in Academy voters’ minds.

Now, of course, the Oscars have always been a source of debate over who should be nominated, which spills over to the who should have been nominated and who should not have been nominated categories. This year, for whatever reason, it seems like many people who deserved to be nominated didn’t get nominated.

Personally, the Oscars are, and have been, extremely political. Voters also like to give the awards to people who have “earned” it over their career -see Kate Winslet, Nicole Kidman, no doubt Leonardo DiCaprio in about five years. To me, this is bull s***. Can’t you give them a freaking lifetime achievement Oscar? Yes, the merit isn’t exactly the same, but it doesn’t make sense to give what is essentially a pity award to someone undeserving for their current work over someone who truly deserved the award. Unfortunately, the Oscar voters are crotchety old men who are probably more senile than critical.

Anyway, in my opinion, one of the most deserving actors was left off of the list this year -Shailene Woodley for her role in The Descendants. I think she carried the film more so than George Clooney, who was nominated for best actor. Maybe voters couldn’t get over the fact that she’s on The Secret Life of the American Teenager, or maybe they thought hey! She’s young, she’s still got time. Whatever the reason, I think it’s a shame and a most definite snub to Woodley. I think it is also safe to say that the Academy gave Woodley’s spot to Jessica Chastain in The Help, which, while her performance was good, was more worthy of a Golden Globe nom. It was cute, campy, and Chastain pulled it off, but it wasn’t really a hard role to handle in the first place.

Even though the Oscars are seen as the “be all, end all” of the movie world, I really think they’re becoming more and more irrelevant, which is a good thing. Not as many people watch the Oscars, and as a young adult, I can tell you that the strong majority of my friends could not care any less about what movie wins or who gets nominated.

We need to stop glorifying the Oscars for what we perceive them to be. Sure, acting can be tough, but the awards we should really care about are the Nobel Prize and the Pulitzer, among others. Personally, I think it’s a good thing that we’re moving away from the prestige of awards, even though it’s also scary to think that entertainment is becoming just variations of Keeping up with the Kardashians and Jersey Shore. I’m hopeful but I’m not stupid.

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  1. The person that should be ousted is Melissa McCarthy. Chastain was nominated for the wrong picture and instead should’ve been nominated for The Tree of Life. Although I know you didn’t mention Best Actress, Tilda should’ve taken Rooney Mara’s spot while Rachel Weisz, The Whistleblower, should replace Michelle Williams. There also some gripes I have with Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor.

    The Osars has potential to live up to its name and reputation (back in the day there was a lot more “behind the door” deals” compared to the present, so the process of elimination has improved), but this entire “we’ll award you later because your young” and “we’ll award you now, even though we should’ve awarded then” totally disrupts the balance and we end of with “he/she is due, so he/she should win” situations. The egalitarian nature of the Oscars is downright pathetic. I mean, EL+IC for Best Picture?

    A good majority of the people who follow these award shows look at the Golden Globes as a joke, but in my mind it deserves more respect since most of the nominees that they choose carry over to the Oscars. The funny part is all the voters for the GG aren’t even members of the AMPAS, so that tells you that you don’t necessarily need to be in the industry and among fellow “peers” to cast an educated vote like those who vote for the Oscars.

    Anyways, I’m glad that others feel the same way.

    • I totally forgot that Melissa McCarthy was nominated! Yeah, it’s weird, comedians rarely ever get nominated, so it was weird to see her up there, but I did like her performance in Bridesmaids.

      That’s interesting that the voters for the Globes aren’t part of the AMPAS, I always thought they were… hmm that makes more sense though!

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