An Anti-Oscar Plea

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By the time you read this, it might be too late. But if The Academy Awards haven’t yet started—hell, even if they have—I urge you, beg you to do anything else… Read a book, do your laundry, go to bed early, anything except watch the Oscars…

Why? Because contrary to all the reality TV programming out there, art is not a contest. There doesn’t have to be a single “best” actor, director, film or anything else. Because some of the best movies out there come from places other than Hollywood. Because the whole Oscars exercise is a needless pat on the back for people whom, if it applies, should be content with a job well done.

And most importantly, because as a savvy computer and internet user, you have the power to find, share and even create your own media. Hollywood is terrified of you, and tonight is one of those few, precious opportunities you have to send them a message that they’ll have to do better.

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6 Responses to An Anti-Oscar Plea

  1. Ed Miller says:

    AC:

    I did watch the Oscars long enough to see Canadian Christopher Landreth’s short “Ryan” win the best animated short. Even though American distributors avoid shorts, the Academy does one thing right by including the animated,live-action, and doc shorts in the main program rather than shoving them into the non-televised techie awards. Let’s hope they continue to do so!

    Ed

  2. Chris says:

    Halleluiah! I hate the Oscars, hated them for years, never cared never will. If the Oscars meant anything Bill Murray would be loaded with awards and once in a while something funny would win something. Ever notice that, comedy is below Oscar.

  3. Don’t wanna say “I told you so”, but…

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/entertainment/4307143.stm

    🙂

  4. Vanessa says:

    I didn’t watch the Oscars but I would to say that art is a competition. There are always art shows and the best painting wins a ribbon or some other prize. And since acting and producing movies is art too, it is a competition.

  5. I didn’t watch the Oscars but I would to say that art is a competition.

    Dearest Vanessa,

    Forgive me for being blunt, but…

    Why exactly should you be the authority to decide what art is or isn’t?!

    There are always art shows and the best painting wins a ribbon or some other prize. And since acting and producing movies is art too, it is a competition.

    Well, you got me there—nobody could possibly argue with that logic…

    🙄

    BTW, I’ve just started a competition for the dumbest comment left on any website, ever. And guess what—you’ve won!

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