1. I am more than happy to let AMPAS members determine who deserves these awards. There are enough awards shows out there decided by the population, and I’m sure they’ll all start having a “Vote by Twitter” category soon enough. Who knows, maybe even The Oscars will cave in and create another category, but please leave the majority of the show alone.

    Down with the vox populi!

    1. well with the numbers of audience declining, can they afford to leave it alone? 🙂

      1. Yes? I see your point re: the ad revenue, but I would hate for these awards to be dictated by something like that. Maybe that’s a naive view of the world, or my love of movies [not just the ones making the $$] talking.

        1. I would prefer to watch Sundance awards, not Oscars as the big night of nights. But they just don’t have the audience. Which I guess is the thrust of my argument. I think… maybe… heh.

  2. It amazes me that the organizers & official tweeters weren’t doing a better job with this – especially considering the declining trends in viewership. The missed a great opportunity through SM – and they would be wise to watch the feed… Although, now it’s too late. Isn’t it interesting that most people thought tweeting about it was better than watching it?

    Thanks for your comments!

    1. it reminded me of Eurovision- I wouldn’t watch it on it’s own, but with Twitter it becomes “must watch viewing” 😛

  3. TV Audience really should decline as more distribution channels emerge. The tired notion that people (read families and lonely people with cats) can be tied down to viewing something in another market’s “prime time” because it suits TV broadcasters and brand advertisers must surely be up for review. I imagine there is a good case for a ‘follow the money’ to see how interconnected the films nominated are with the people paying for the award show and buying the TV adspace.
    Fashion is a great example I suspect some people will get their red carpet fashion fix from a source other than main broadcast, probably a medium that will allow interaction “Did she really wear THAT?” should be a dialogue held via social media and independent of the awards themselves.

  4. The voting members of the AMPAS are making the awards irrelevant by awarding based on criteria that are far detached from common sense and reality and instead gratifying their own wants and needs. This practice has persisted and is the root cause of the decrease in television ratings. Furthermore, the signs of decay have reached new heights in this year’s awards; the plain, ordinary Hurt Locker was awarded Best Picture over Avatar, a film which is indisputably and by far the best the world has yet seen in terms of visuals. Note that AMPAS is the academy of "motion pictures". In context of its media of film (versus other media such as books), Avatar and its far, far superior visuals deserved recognition this year as the best motion picture, but AMPAS instead opted for plain, ordinary artistry (and little of it), which ultimately was a move on their part to award the film that focused on the actor rather than the production itself.

    The AMPAS has been walking down the path toward irrelevance, and took a giant leap toward it this year. Time to wake up and smell the coffee.

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  5. I’d like to think that Best Picture would take into consideration the strength of the story, acting, direction, etc. Not just superior visuals, which I doubt anyone would argue against when it comes to ‘Avatar’.It won for Art Direction, Cinematography and Visual Effects, and to me, that’s fair, and I thought as much yesterday http://c0up.posterous.com/oscars-2010-my-predictions


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  6. The Oscars are and always have been irrelevant – it’s not like good movies would stop being made if the Academy Awards ceased to exist. And there are plenty of amazing movies that are never mentioned in the context of these awards. And other than promoting the winners, it doesn’t have any real effect on the industry other than to make the Academy’s voters feel overly important. What’s sad is the millions of people who think that an Oscar somehow validates a good movie or performance, when really the two have little to do with each other.

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  7. You could probably say the same thing about a lot of awards; the primary reason something so good is made is hardly to go up on stage and hold a statuette. That’s besides the point though.They’re a critical accolade, awarded by peers in the industry, and offer recognition to the winners and those nominated, and there’s no doubt that said movies will get a boost. It also helps pick some people from relative obscurity and give them a chance to continue making, acting, etc, in movies. And yes, I *do* feel that they validate a good movie or performance.

    Yes, they won’t be able to give due credit to every amazing movie out there, but they, along with the festival circuit, sure as hell help. In the end, it’s another night that helps a great deal in feeding conversations about movies, so all power to ‘em.

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