It’s the end of the year and we are smack in the middle of award season, as a movie and TV buff you would think this would be my favorite time of year. It isn’t, in fact award shows lost their appeal years ago and I rarely catch any of the award shows anymore. If you are wondering why I hate award shows and where this animosity comes from I will try to explain.
I Haven’t Watched any of the Movies
Be it the Golden Globes, the Oscars or the Emmy’s rarely have I seen any of the movies or shows that are nominated. I think in the past decade I have watched one or two Oscar nominated films and half of them I have never heard of. Very rarely anymore do you see box office hits that even get nominated unless it’s some obscure category only industry insiders pay attention to. Most of the nominees resemble art films and genres like action, fantasy or even comedy are grossly underrepresented…unless they are made by Clint Eastwood.
They Have Become Interchangeable
There is very little difference between the Oscars and the Golden Globes, in fact most of the winners from the Globes go on to win the Oscar. The production looks the same, the red carpet looks the same, the nominees are the same and they have both become boring. Most of these awards are only relevant to industry insiders and not really the general public. While I applaud someone getting kudos for their work in any field that doesn’t mean I want to watch it on television.
They Are Just Too Long
Four hours…four hours of my life that I will never get back. That is just for the award show itself, there is always at least an hour of red carpet coverage before the show even begins. If you are interested in the fashion aspect of the ceremonies then this is great, but if you aren’t it’s an endless parade of celebrities interspersed with silly interviews asking people what they are wearing. After the show there is another hour where they break down the winners along with who got snubbed.
I genuinely have mixed feelings about this. While I admire celebrities that can use their star status to bring awareness to social issues that we face today, at the same time this isn’t necessarily the platform where I want to hear it. There is also the politics involved in the nomination and award process. I could live without all of it.
Award shows just don’t have the appeal that they used to. Rarely are any of the movies I watch or enjoy ever nominated making for a very long and boring award show.