12/4/2006

Do You Care About Awards?

Posted in Oscars at 9:28 am by Stephen

The calendar crept into December last week while I wasn’t looking, which means there is less than a month left in the year. Which means that movie studios have fewer than 30 days to release their movies in order for them to be eligible for the 2006 award season (which takes place in 2007). But despite all the hooplah, it seems there is a dwindling interest in the awards — TV ratings have been down lately, with the Oscar telecasts in 2006 and 2003 being the lowest rated in recent years — so I have to wonder: do you care about awards?

Personally I enjoy them, particularly the Oscars, but I admit I get tired by the whole thing. I mentioned before I hate the way the awards season screws up movie releases, but the endless hype and speculation that seemingly begins six months out tends to burn me out.

That said, the awards discussion does usually point me toward good movies I might have otherwise missed, so there is some real merit in that sense. It also ecnourages studios to care about the quality of at least some of their movies, as a big Oscar win translates into extra bucks at the box office that high marks from critics do not.

I also admit to being a little bit of a sucker for the ceremony itself (though again the only one I watch is the Oscars). It’s long and stupid, but it’s fun to watch and complain about. It’s a weird tradition for me — I remember watching the Oscars with my mom as a kid and doing exactly the same thing — and so I enjoy it. But I definitely see how others would consider it the height of tedium.

So what about you? Do you like awards, or not?

5 Comments »

  1. Grishny (156) said,

    December 4, 2006 at 9:55 am

    I honestly don’t care much about the awards. I have no tradition of watching them, and in fact don’t really recall even having much awareness of them prior to becoming a RinkWorks regular and being “familiarized” with the whole process through the annual discussions on the message forum there.

    The last time I actually sat down and watched the Oscars from beginning to end was 2004, the year that The Return of the King swept the awards. And I have to admit I really only watched it because of the Oscars Guessing game at RinkWorks. It was a combination of that and my interest in seeing how the final installment of LOTR would fare that snagged my interest.

    Usually I’m in a different room doing something on the computer while my wife watches the show, and I catch bits and pieces of it but don’t really pay much attention. This year will probably be no different.

  2. Ferrick (140) said,

    December 4, 2006 at 1:10 pm

    Sure, but not because it validates a movie or something. That’s all beside the point. What I do like is the debate because it is just fun to talk about the movies. The show is pretty fun to watch most of the time but it is almost impossible for me to sit down for the whole thing anymore. I’m happy if they have a good host who gets some entertaining bits in there. And some of the speeches are funny. The ones that aren’t funny? Well, I’ve seen them in some form or another through the years.

    And then, I like watching the Death Clip so I can say, multiple times, “He died?” or “That was only last year?” or “I don’t know who she is but that was a good movie.”

  3. Dave (130) said,

    December 4, 2006 at 3:27 pm

    I only care about the awards inasmuch as their existence allows me to have fun making fun of people who actually care about them.

  4. ThePhan (128) said,

    December 4, 2006 at 3:39 pm

    I don’t actually get TV reception at my house, so I don’t ever watch the Oscars, and, no, I don’t really pay much attention to them. I’ve hardly ever seen the films that are nominated (since I’m not a theatergoer, I must wait for them all to come out on DVD) and often when I do see them, I’m just confused as to what all the hype was about. (The only best picture winners I *really* liked from the last 10 years or so were Chicago and A Beautiful Mind.)

  5. Nyperold (116) said,

    December 4, 2006 at 6:38 pm

    Well, part of my caring, as with Grishny, is due to the AAPG. And, since I do have an antenna in my room, I can actually watch it while “sitting” in the user-created room that gets opened for it, and not be totally lost as people make comments. :)

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