It’s that time again, The Oscars are here! That’s right, time for a bunch of self important Hollywood bigwigs to pat themselves on the back for the lackluster garbage that they usually churn out every year. Think about it, how often does the Oscars actually reflect true success as measured at the box-office?
Case in point and what really turned me off about the Oscars was seeing Out of Africa pick up seven Academy Awards in 1985. Out of Africa? Really? $128,499,205 at the box office and a budget of $28 million. And it was up against The Color Purple $142,000,000 box office with a budget of $15 million. The saddest part is that I couldn’t find one person who had actually seen Out of Africa while almost everyone I knew had actually gone to the theater and seen The Color Purple! Where did that $128 million in box office receipts come from exactly?
Occasionally someone in Hollywood messes up and gives awards to someone who makes movies that are successful with film goers (His name is usually James Cameron). Do Titanic and Avatar ring a bell? Both films were wildly successful with movie goers and the accolades were well deserved.
There’s also the fact that numerous great independent films get overlooked when it comes time to hand out the Oscars. The Oscars are nothing more than a closed group doing a lot of ego stroking. When the Oscars actually start reflecting real success with the public, then I’ll worry about them.
Until then I treat it like I treat Billboard rankings, nothing more than an attempt to manipulate and sell the public a bill of goods that has nothing to do with actual success, but in making Hollywood’s canned garbage look good. I’ll just stick with the hot dog while watching The Walking Dead tonight, thanks. At least that Oscar has proven success among the masses.