John Heaton (jheaton) wrote,
John Heaton

The Oscars are as long and as interesting as the Academy wish them to be

It's the day after the Academy Awards ceremony, so that means there's a lot of carping on the Internet about how it was too long and too boring and not good television and all the other things people like to say about the Oscars the day after they're handed out.

But you know what? It's not a TV show. It's just something that happens to be televised. And if you think it's not interesting or entertaining, maybe that's because you're not supposed to be interested in it or entertained by it. At the end of the day, the Academy Award is a industry award, and the target audience for industry awards is people in that industry, and the producers are going to be, and should be, primarily interested in catering to that audience. The Academy doesn't mind letting you watch, and they're willing to make certain small concessions to television, like interrupting the show every so often for commercial breaks, but at the end of the day, they don't really care what you think about the show.

How do I know this? Because like I said in the first paragraph, people make the same complaints about the Oscars every year, and those complaints are never acted upon. The Academy could arrange to have the ceremony last two hours and bring it in exactly on schedule. They could only televise the "important" awards and relegate the editing and art direction awards to a separate ceremony. They have fewer montages and fewer musical performances and fewer bits with the host interacting with the audience in the theater. That they could do any of those things but steadfastly refuse to suggests to me that they have no interest in doing them. Which, in my opinion, is as it should be.

For my nickel, I found the Oscars to be very entertaining. Of course, I was at my friend Lyn's fabulous Oscar party with a bunch of my good friends, and won a Spider-Man bobblehead and a Yoda pencil case and an Oscar the Grouch tee shirt, and I tied for first place in the Oscar pool. I'm particularly happy about the last one; I've never done so well in an Oscar pool! I got 21 out of 24, missing only the animated short, live-action short, and foreign language film winners. I wish I could claim that my win was due to my keen insight into the ways of the film industry, but the truth of the matter is that I went to the Handicapping section of Gold Derby and picked whatever film they thought had the best odds of winning.

Unfortunately for me, the ballots were due last Wednesday and the odds for foreign language film changed between then and Sunday; had I had the opportunity to submit my picks later, I might have won outright. Oh, well, it was still a fun night.
Tags: awards: oscars, movies

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