In this great land of freeom and liberty and freedom, the American people have the right (and freedom) to support any movie or actor we like to receive an Academy Award, despite the fact that we have no actual say in which movie or actor actually receives it. Take that, China!
Do you really care what a bunch of anonymous Hollywood insiders think about which movies are good? Of course you don’t. But we’ve all been brainwashed into thinking that the Oscars are somehow important. I wrote about this some years back, noting that some of the Academy voters make selections on purely selfish motives, and that some voters care so little that they give their ballots to their kids to fill out.
And why would we care which movie is “the best”? Do you only see one movie a year?
The Oscars are an excuse for everybody to give their opinion on things, something we all enjoy doing. And the debate is consequence-free, no need to have your actual values challenged, or deal with the fallout of telling your co-worker that he’s a jackass for liking John McCain.
And of course, to turn an industry recognition ceremony worthy of a press release into several hundred million dollars in advertising revenue.
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