Why The Oscars Don’t Matter


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HOLLYWOOD, CA – FEBRUARY 26: A view of oscar statuettes backstage during the 89th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 26, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images)

Logan Busbee, Co-editor-in-Chief

For many people, the Oscars are seen as the pinnacle of recognition for movies. But when it comes down to it, the Oscars really don’t matter much, because the Oscars are just the opinions of a small group of people on what movies are the best. This means that the Oscars aren’t necessarily the de facto views on these movies, they’re just another set of reviews. But to realize why the Oscars don’t matter as much as they’re cracked up to be.

The Oscars first started in 1929 as a private dinner with fewer than 300 attendants. Since then the ceremony has grown, gaining more categories throughout the years, becoming the bloated event it’s become. While the first Oscars only lasted 15 minutes, it’s now common for the televised ceremony to last hours.

In the Oscars’ 91 years, controversies have been inevitable. The term “Oscar Bait” has originated due to the common aspects carried by most Best Picture movies. These include historical retellings, biographical retellings, and a majority of movies released in the last three months of the calendar year. However, there have also been many controversies over a lack of diversity. Most notably was #OscarsSoWhite in 2015, as the entire acting nominee list was white. This trend led to boycotts of the event, and to the Academy making changes to the group who judges the movies. 

The major problem is that the Oscars outlived its relevance. While years ago it was the best way to see the movies viewed as best of the year, websites like Twitter and YouTube allow for much quicker and more in depth coverage of movies. The abundance of users for both platforms also allows all movies released in a year to be discussed, rather than a small list that generally causes an uproar. 

The Oscars, like most modern awards shows, are a piece of history that have become no longer needed in the current day. While the Oscars used to be the best way to compare movies throughout one year, technology and websites for reviewing make the Oscars antiquated and outdated. Add to that the controversies and bias that are brought up every year, and the Oscars become not just an unneeded event, but a potentially harmful one in regards to film discourse.