I have a few more things to say about the Oscars, and then I'm done for the year. There are, I think, some changes that should be made to improve the Academy Awards. Mind you, I'm not talking about things that need to be done to improve the Academy Awards telecast. There's no question that the ceremony could be tightened up some, but those are production issues. My suggestions are about the awards themselves. (And if my suggestions are adopted, it would make the telecast even longer. Which is fine by me. A longer show just means there's more of it to love.)
- All Academy Awards of Merit, i.e. Oscar statuettes, should be presented during the main Academy Awards ceremony. That includes the competitive awards, the honorary awards, the Scientific and Technical Awards, and the Gordon E. Sawyer Award.
- A new category should be added for casting. It's hard to overstate the importance of good casting to a movie, and I don't see any reason why casting directors should be treated with less respect than art directors or directors of photography.
- In addition to the awards given for original score and original song, an Oscar should be awarded for best soundtrack. Pulp Fiction and 2001: A Space Odyssey all had interesting, memorable, and effective scores, but neither was eligible for an Academy Award because neither used any original music. Putting together an original soundtrack composed of existing music is an art that deserves to be recognized by the Academy.
Thus ends Oscar season. And just in time for Daytime Emmy season! I'll have something to say about the nominees later this evening or tomorrow.