Hello, I'm Kat(harine). Welcome. Stay awhile.
"There are far better things ahead than any we leave behind." --C.S. Lewis
New York University. English and American Literature. Class of 2017.
I’m actually getting physically sick from seeing all of this Oscars stuff on my dashboard.
My friends, roommates, people I run into on the street and are patient enough to listen to me complain, etc. know this but I think awards shows (like the Oscars) are some of the dumbest things ever invented. Actually though, who is to say that one individual deserves this award more than another individual? There’s always going to be drama associated with awarding one person something rather than awarding it to another person, and there’s always going to be a sense of disappointment within everyone else who did not get that award.
These things are just another glorified form of societal torture: a fancy way of telling people they’re not good enough or simply just not as good as the next person. The awarding of a physical manifestation of ‘success’ in the form of a trophy, certificate, etc. with no quantifiable reasoning behind why one person deserved it over the next is pretty much just presenting something figuratively (sometimes literally) shiny to distract everyone from the fact that it’s actually a worthless and dumb practice. And, to clarify, this is not me being biased or bitter about a particular win or non-win.
For example, I personally really don’t like Leonardo DiCaprio (admittedly not for any justifiable reason except every character he has ever played in any movie annoys me, sorry Leo), but a good sum of other people really do. When he did not win that Oscar yesterday, naturally there was an explosion of debates: “DiCaprio should have finally gotten an Oscar” vs. “McConaughey definitely deserved it more.” While I personally thought McConaughey and Dallas Buyers Club were stellar (see the movie; it was awesome), and that the excitement over the win for McConaughey was a nice thing — that doesn’t mean I think the whole Oscars concept makes any sense or has any discernible worth.
As George C. Scott said, while refusing to go up for an acceptance speech in 1971, ”It’s a two-hour meat parade, a public display with contrived suspense for economic reasons." Similarly, Katharine Hepburn and Woody Allen almost never showed up to accept their Oscars. Because they knew what was up. [x]
I’m not saying all of this to be pretentious or holier-than-thou or anything. I just honestly had to rant about the whole award shows thing because it bothers me to no end. Just to be clear: if you win an academic award, or a trophy at a competition, etc. that is not the same thing that I am talking about. It’s award shows like the Oscars, where they take all of the lovely films created that year and simplify it down to “one person/song/etc. must become the embodiment of the supreme cultural experience as best [insert whatever category here]” that grates on my nerves. And obviously, considering how big the Oscars are, I understand people that enjoy it and respect it — I just personally can’t stand it.
What do you think?