The Academy Awards is the most prestigious awards ceremony to any entertainer. It’s where the best of the best are awarded and recognized for their excellent work from the past year. Millions and millions of people watch it from all over the world. But why? Why do you watch the Oscars?
It’s something that I’ve been thinking about as the 85th annual Academy Awards is only a few days away. You always hear the same complaints year-after-year: it was too long, too boring, I didn’t see any of the movies nominated, the host wasn’t funny, where the hell is Christopher Nolan? It occurred to me that most of the people who watch the Oscars are just watching for the sake of watching. Oh, it’s the Oscars! I have to watch! But then those exact people bitch… and bitch… and bitch throughout the whole 200 minutes (when they could’ve easily just changed the channel to end their torture).
There is something extremely appealing about the Oscars, just like any awards show (or reality show). You’re rooting for someone to win, you’re waiting for something unexpected to happen, or maybe you’re looking for an excuse to throw a house party. The Oscars are live (almost) and there have been some whacky occurrences in the past. Some good: Cuba Gooding Jr. or Roberto Benigni’s acceptance speeches. And some bad: the streaker. But seriously, are these actual reasons why people tune into the Academy Awards?
The Oscars is a celebration of cinema: past, present, and future. There are many fascinating moments throughout the telecast where we’re reminded of how magical the movies can actually be. To me, the year 2012 was a great one for film and I feel the Oscars will really display it by having numerous films win multiple awards. I can truly say that I love movies and everything about them. I’m not the kind of person that gets all snarky if my favorite film doesn’t win Best Picture by going on a rant about how biased the Academy are and how there are a dozen of films that deserved the award instead. I don’t do that because that’s not the purpose of the Oscars.
The reason I watch the Oscars is to be entertained by the year’s top entertainers. It’s a contest among the most talented people in the movie business and even as I’m sitting in my living room with my family, I’m reminded that all the gorgeous and handsome actors are human too. Why wouldn’t we want them to have their moment to shine when they can be themselves and not a character on a script? Just to see them in their natural state, accepting an award and thanking all of their close friends and family… I don’t know about you but that makes some great television.
So go ahead, mock the Oscars on Facebook and Twitter and rant about how you loved Silver Linings Playbook and how you never heard of Amour or Beasts of the Southern Wild and how disappointing you were that The Dark Knight Rises didn’t win any awards. Because the Oscars are not for you. They’re for people who love movies and everything about them, from the beginning of the idea to the post-production stages. From the struggles of casting to the final cuts made during editing. A great movie is an art that combines the best pieces of entertainment and molds it to the finished product. It takes countless hours of work and dedication. There is nothing like a great movie and everyone should be able to relate to that.