Posted by: ckckred | January 10, 2012

Guilds vs. Critics: Who Judges Movies Better?

I’ve complained about the guild nominees for the past few posts.  The SAG (Screen Actors Guild) didn’t really have a good idea on who’s the best actor, the WGA (Writer’s Guild of America) and PGA (Producer’s Guild of America) forgot many notable movies and series, and both the DGA (Director’s Guild of America) and ADG (Art Director’s Guild) have missed many fantastic movies.  These guilds are all made of people who fall in their category.  For example, actors judge the SAG.

So here’s my argument, is Hollywood a better judge of films than critics?

Critic Awards usually don’t result in complaints and often don’t take surprises.  For example, many of the awards have split between The Artist and The Descendants, the two biggest contenders for Best Picture at the Oscars.  And it is the critics’ job to judge film, shouldn’t their say be above Hollywood’s?

On Hollywood’s side is experience.  Many critics might not look too hard at films as the actual crew or cast does.  An experienced art director who has worked over 30 years in film should know more about production designing than a movie critic.

However, I feel that these guilds have got it all wrong.  Why?  Well, many of them are favoring big stars and names instead of quality.  For example, Ides of March, which has received a PGA nomination.  Is it really a film that stands up with the other nominees?  Also, what about the huge snobbery of War Horse?  Steven Spielberg to me seems like a shoo-in for Best Director, and I expected the lavish sets and script to be nominated as well.  But it has been ignored.

Maybe I can’t judge Hollywood better than they do themselves.  But I can tell them what they should pay more attention to, and I feel that’s what matters.

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