Wednesday, January 27, 2016
I won't be watching The Oscars this year. But that's not unusual, I never watch the Oscars, an award ceremony and dinner party that long long ago mushroomed into a fawning, bloated, psuedo-entertainment which I cared little about. Almost none of the movies I actually go to see (when I used to go see movies) ever get nominated, or rarely do, particularly in the high-profile categories. Recent years have seen some shift along that front, but still by and large Oscar movies are not the flicks I'm inclined to waste two hours on. The Revenant from this season might be an exception, as it looks to be quite compelling. I gave up on the Oscars long ago when the hopelessly forgettable domestic groaner Kramer Vs. Kramer beat out one of the clearly great movies of the century Apocalypse Now.
But I'm not alone this year in not watching the Oscars. Many more will be joining me in protest it seems for the singular lack of non-white nominees in the big categories. I dismissed this kerfuffel as a tempest in a sun-baked teapot since the nominations are such a tiny sample that I can't imagine any given year would be significant. This article from The Economist might've changed my mind a bit on the issue, as it points to larger trends in the industry.
Personally I find the profound lack of black coaches in the NFL more distressing, since this industry has a majority black participation at the player levels. Same for both Blacks and Latinos in professional baseball.
By the way, I don't watch the Super Bowl either, but that's just because it's on too late for my tired bones and most of the show is too damn boring to care about.