You may have noticed that beyond my own awards “The Groovers” I haven’t written about this awards season. With the 86th Academy Awards taking place tonight it seems like a good time to explain why, the simple reason apathy.
There are two real contenders for the best picture Oscar with two or three possible contenders. the rest are making up the numbers. I would be happy to see any of the four/five contenders win the award. Similar story with the best director, I would be happy to see four of the five win. Sandra Bullock is the only person with a realistic chance of beetling Cate Blanchett to the best actress. Best actor looks like a straight fight between Chiwetel Ejiofor and Matthew McConaughey. The only category I have any real investment in is best supporting actress, simply because I don’t think my choice of Sally Hawkins will win.
The one category I will be looking out for is best adapted screenplay. I don’t think Richard Linklater, Julie Delpy and Ethan Hawke are going to win, but it is the only category either of my two favorite movies of 2013 is nominated in, Stoker has no nominations.
But we do have the one award that is always interesting, Best Foreign Language Film. unfortunately none of the five contenders made it to my local cinema so I have only seen two of them. And again, I don’t think either of the ones I have seen will win, so again, little or no investment.
So I am bitching about the Oscars, not for the first time. How about BAFTA? The British awards get it right, don’t they. Well they kind of did. I struggle to disagree with any of the awards, but that means there were no surprises. So whose fault is it? Film makers for making safe awards bait, the Academy for falling for it, or me for being so cynical. Probably a combination of all three. Two movies are likely to clean up, 12 Years a Slave is an important movie with a worthy story, Gravity is technologically brilliant, but it does make the whole awards season a little dull. Ultimately the problem is awards themselves, like star ratings they are a pointless. Are the award winners better than the other nominations? No! Are films that don’t win awards worth watching? Yes Do we enjoy a movie more because it has awards? No! Am I answering my own questions? Yes! Awards are great for the industry to pat itself on the back and helps some movies find an audience but I can’t comprehend that one film is better than all others especially when some of my favorite movies, like Stoker don’t get noticed or recognised.
I will be taking note of who wins in morning but I am just not that bothered. I am more interested I what great movies I will get to see in the next year.