The race is on!
As the build-up to the 92nd Academy Awards commenced on earlier this week with the nominees announced, the controversial snubs and rejections were once again at the forefront of the announcement.
Rightfully so, but let's not try to fix that problem. Instead, why not ponder some of the awards and accolades the Academy could introduce into their categories? Why? Because the Oscars, despite being the most prestige awards ceremony in film, can be a little predictable and boring.
Of all the core awards that are presented each year, public opinion is that the technical ones aren't interesting enough to televise and if all the nominees are for films a majority of the public haven't seen, chances are they aren't going to be as emotionally invested.
So to reel in public attention, and give figures in Hollywood more opportunity for the infamous and prestigious awards, let's run off a list of awards the AMPAS could adopt.
Here is hoping if we ever do see some suggestions get taken on, maybe some underdogs in cinema frequently overlooked will finally get the recognition and attention they deserve.
8. Best Achievement In Audience Appreciation
Right off the bat, this one is difficult to award. But somewhat critical.
The Academy tried to introduce a similar category a couple years ago with an Outstanding Achievement in Popular Film award. The criteria and reason for the accolade went down about as well as balloons filled with bricks, but the niche message still stands.
Celebrating a popular film that audiences propped up to be successful should be acknowledged by the Academy. Such a prestige ceremony behind films most of the general public haven't seen yet doesn't make for good live television, so maybe creating a criteria and category based around films that define the year is the way to go?
Then again, had the award been introduced this year we can be sure Avengers: Endgame would have been the front-runner simply by profit and popularity. But maybe something that defines the zeitgeist at the time should be acknowledged?
Films do a great job of reflecting the consensus mood of a generation, and when we look back at previous Best Picture winners, ask yourself honestly how many of them you would actually re-watch, and even worse how many of them are poorly dated now?
The number might be shockingly higher than you think.