The race has already begun although the Golden Globes and Oscar Award shows don’t occur until next year 2013. Today consumers are asking. Why are these award shows necessary? So LIH writers got together to discuss why award shows are important to Hollywood and our culture? We hope you join in on this discussion.
The next time we see the gold shiny man, aka “Oscar”, Seth MacFarlane (“Family Guy”, “Ted”) will be hosting. Not Billy Crystal, Neil Patrick Harris or Jimmy Fallon. I think when Award shows pick their host; they are trying to bring in a new demographic or go with what has worked before. I think Mr. MacFarlane’s appearance, as host will definitely generate a larger audience of a younger crowd. I myself do not watch “Family Guy” but most people I know do and most of the nation/world seems to know who this man is. He is sure to bring along several “voices” and give us the comedy that has captured the younger generation. If the Oscars are a televised success, it goes to show that what is important to us culturally at this time is what viewers want to see.
The Actor on Oscar Night
Given the previous article entitled For Your Consideration: An Actor’s Campaign For Oscar, I don’t think awards are for the public consumption. The award is for the actor as an acknowledgement that lets them know the Academy is proud of how hard they worked not only on the film but on the campaign trail as well.
The public in turn lives vicariously through the actor on Oscar night. We watch them walk around in fancy clothes and be applauded for making an insane amount of money. Although all good actors know its not about the money. It’s also about advancing themselves personally within their craft.
Our Changing Times
By Comic Relief
The whirlwind of technological innovation is so severe in our communication media it threatens to unseat our potential to speak, think, recall, and forecast. Yet we all pretend we have it under control. Somehow this denial points to an even less tolerable course of events. With Blue-ray and DVD piracy rewarding and threatening national economies, video on demand and other forms of streaming media on the rise, some enterprising directors filming their work with their cell phones, motion capture that has dimensioned our desire for the finest character emulating animations, and never before have more movies been created with partial to whole casts existing as fabricated people we need to recalibrate both our vision and our beliefs. We need award shows to remind us of the rate technological change and how so many technological norms used to help us represent our pasts, presents and futures. Oh so you thought I was going to refer to the performances of acting artists who grace the leading roles of most feature films. Certainly they are the most tangible representative ambassadors of our contemporary age. Their both fine and visceral performances defy us to separate them from what we can conceive pertaining to the present. But the actors like surfers, when great, actually lull us into believing we’re seeing what we have already seen. Unfortunately for the contemporary audience, this deception proves to be more dangerous. For the stories continue to evolve as radically as everything else and we have little and less control than our mutating means to present. Choosing the best and brightest gives the illusion of our relevance and gives us the impression we understand our changing times.
By Open Book
See if you agree? Here’s some commentary from one moviegoer on “Why The Oscars Don’t Matter Anymore? “
Please join us for a discussion 10/4/2012@7pmE/12UTC