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Robbie Parry
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Posted: 08 August 2018 at 9:57am | IP Logged | 1 post reply

Am I missing something?


Outstanding achievement in popular film?

Technically? Box office? Critically?

It feels redundant. Don't they have existing awards to cover whatever the hell this new award is covering?

Help me out if I am missing something!


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Awards shows in general are on the decline.  This is just another attempt to bolster viewership for an already bloated ceremony.  Much like studios attempting to get a handle on why people are moving very quickly to digital platforms like YouTube and Netflix (and floundering along the way) this is an aging Academy trying to "get in touch" with a younger demo.  Don't think it will work and, as the article says, has the real possibility of diluting their other awards.
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Posted: 08 August 2018 at 11:30am | IP Logged | 3 post reply

Well, at least it will give the pajama people something else to grouse about!
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Robbie Parry
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Posted: 08 August 2018 at 12:16pm | IP Logged | 4 post reply

 Matt Reed wrote:
Awards shows in general are on the decline.

Even the WWE Slammy Awards? Are they still going? ;-) 
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Brian Floyd
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Posted: 08 August 2018 at 12:28pm | IP Logged | 5 post reply

The Academy Awards are a joke, and have been for ages. Especially when foreign films that are subtitled and art house movies that most people won't watch win Best Picture and Best Actor. (The year LIFE IS BEAUTIFUL and Roberto Begnini won really ticked me off.....) Or when almost all of the nominees are caucasian, despite brilliant performances by actors of other races.

Not quite as bad as Jethro Tull having a Grammy that rightfully belongs to Metallica, but still pretty bad.
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Robbie Parry
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Posted: 08 August 2018 at 12:51pm | IP Logged | 6 post reply

I've never watched a ceremony. I just look at highlights.

I'm a huge wrestling fan, but the Slammys - far less than 3 hours - was boring enough! 


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John Popa
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Posted: 08 August 2018 at 1:13pm | IP Logged | 7 post reply

This is one of those scenarios where I'm just out of step with most others. I LIKE that the Oscars reward obscure, 'unpopular' works. I like that they point me to high quality movies that aren't just big money blockbusters - that they actually reward DRAMAS.

I do watch the Oscar show every year (and the Golden Globes and Tonys) but, again, I'm the minority who watches awards shows precisely for the reasons more people don't. (I do agree the show could be shorter and some awards could be awarded off camera, though.)

There's already an awards show for 'popular' movies, it's called The Peoples' Choice Awards and NOBODY watches that, not even award show fans.

Given that, of course I think the new category is stupid. It was irritating enough when they expanded the Best Picture nominees to 10 or when they added Best Animated Feature.
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Posted: 08 August 2018 at 1:45pm | IP Logged | 8 post reply

Awards shows are cheap tv, we even have televised `Soap`
awards here!
I think we have reached a point where people are
fatigued by them.
The Oscars seem to me, to be so worthy and up their own
arses.
Also, don`t get me started on the ineptitude of PWC and
their handling of the envelopes!
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The year LIFE IS BEAUTIFUL and Roberto Begnini won really ticked me off.....

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Among the stupidest movies ever made.


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I was furious when we got to the end and were shown the narrator was the kid! That meant the whole thing was his fantasy, since there was no way he could have known what his father was doing. The whole POINT was that he was "protected" from knowing!!

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Posted: 08 August 2018 at 8:26pm | IP Logged | 10 post reply

Yeah, I mean, its hard to draw a new audience when all the nominated films are movies that none of most of America has seen.  I'm glad that somewhere somebody is making a movie about a one-legged French cabbage salesman who's in love with his own mother.  But I'm not going to watch it.  And seeing its screenwriter get an award doesn't seem like a good use of my time.

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 John Popa wrote:
This is one of those scenarios where I'm just out of step with most others. I LIKE that the Oscars reward obscure, 'unpopular' works. I like that they point me to high quality movies that aren't just big money blockbusters - that they actually reward DRAMAS.

I do watch the Oscar show every year (and the Golden Globes and Tonys) but, again, I'm the minority who watches awards shows precisely for the reasons more people don't. (I do agree the show could be shorter and some awards could be awarded off camera, though.) 

There's already an awards show for 'popular' movies, it's called The Peoples' Choice Awards and NOBODY watches that, not even award show fans.

This.  Exactly why I have loved the Oscars my entire life.  Sue me!

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Posted: 09 August 2018 at 12:17am | IP Logged | 12 post reply

Steve De Young, i agree!
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Thank you Matt Reed and John Popa.  I saw a movie two days ago, "Nico, 1988" about the singer from "The Velvet Underground" and the actress' take on Nico was stunning.  And I thought it was a shame that she was going to be overlooked and ignored for such a fantastic performance BECAUSE it's such a small film.  
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My sentiment matches what John Popa wrote. I don't like the Academy picking obscure films for the sake of it (which I don't think they do), but I do like the idea of trying to reward the best film of the year, regardless of its box office.

The idea behind the new category seems flawed -- wasn't the expansion in the best film category from 5 noms to 10 supposed to already accomplish this? Maybe we can go back to 5 films nominated for best picture again now.
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Posted: 15 August 2018 at 8:30pm | IP Logged | 15 post reply

Great, now they're giving out "participation awards" at the Oscars...?

sigh
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I saw a movie two days ago, "Nico, 1988" about the singer from "The Velvet Underground" and the actress' take on Nico was stunning.  And I thought it was a shame that she was going to be overlooked and ignored for such a fantastic performance BECAUSE it's such a small film. 

Ed, I saw NICO 1988 last week, and liked it a lot. Although at Trine Dyrholm's fearless puffiest and sweatiest she looked a million times healthier than Päffgen did on her best day at the same age.
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Posted: 06 September 2018 at 4:57pm | IP Logged | 17 post reply

Looks like the Academy was listening to the backlash. They will not be giving an award out for "most popular".
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