Posted by: ckckred | January 13, 2013

What’s Your Opinion On Award Shows?

MTO Opening

This Thursday the Oscar nominations were announced and today the Golden Globes will declare their winners.  This inspired this week’s question: what do you think about award shows in general (be it the Oscars, Globes, or Emmys)?

I usually don’t try to become to invested in them and prefer the critics’ circles choices.  The problem I have with many of the big award shows is that they often favor bigger and more popular films over smaller ones.  There have been many great films that didn’t win, like Apocalypse NowRaging BullCitizen Kane, or GoodFellas.  Plus there have been some classics that weren’t even nominated, like 2001Vertigo, or Do The Right Thing.  Some legendary directors like Stanley Kubrick, Alfred Hitchcock, and Orson Welles never won Best Director.

But anyway, what do you think?




  1. I don’t watch award shows for the simple fact that 1) the actual show focuses too much on what the stars are wearing and, 2) there are too many award shows.

    • Yeah, me too, though I usually like to see the opening bits. Thanks for commenting.

  2. I’m a sucker for the Oscars, Globes, SAGs, and Spirit. I get annoyed but I also get excited. I love the history that comes with the awards. I also love the chance to just sit back and watch the celebration of the past year in film (even if the royally screw it up sometimes)!

    • Yeah, that’s one reason why I tend to see the Oscars. Even if they ignore some good films, it’s fun just to remember the past year in movies. Thanks for commenting.

  3. I Used To Love Them Until I Reached The Age Of Reason.
    I Realized They Were Just A Horse And Pony Show, And That The Most Deserving Nominee RARELY Won.
    All They Do Is Sell Their Products.
    The Oscars, Sadly, Have Become The Worst Of Them All.
    Ad Campaigns For Flicks?
    Sounds Like A Bad Bad BAD Governmental Race.
    “Vote For Us, Not For Them, Even Though Their Work Is Better Than Ours.”
    Drives Me Crazy, And Occasionally Makes Me Ill.
    But Whatever.
    I Still Watch.
    I Sincerely Don’t Know, Honestly.

    • Oscar campaigning always really annoys me. It isn’t an election, it’s about what is the best film. Many great films have been ignored by award shows. I still watch them, mostly because I like the opening host bits, but usually end up disappointed. Thanks for commenting.

  4. Fun to watch and root for, but results must be taken with a grain of salt.

    • Yeah, many award shows have made mistakes in the past, but I still watch them, mostly to root for the films that have been nominated. Thanks for commenting.

  5. They are still fairly important in film society today but as Thursday showed, even with so many precursors there will be surprises in store. Definitely makes things more exciting.

    • I like it when the Oscars make good surprises like the nominations for Amour and Beasts of the Southern Wild.

  6. For the most part, the Oscars get it right… They’ve definitely had their share of dropped balls, but over the years, they do a good job, and they’re the best and biggest. So I DO watch and pay attention. They’re not perfect, but they’re the best we’ve got!

    • The Oscars have improved in recent years with picks like No Country for Old Men and The Hurt Locker as Best Picture. Even though I’ve disagreed with them in the past, I still hold them in higher regard than most award shows. Thanks for commenting.

      • Let’s put it this way… they’re wayyyyyy better than the Emmys, which are a freaking JOKE!! 😀

  7. I’m interested in them but don’t pay a huge amount of attention. It seems that what doesn’t win or gets nominated is often a bigger story than what does. I prefer the Golden Globes to actually watch as it’s a lot more light hearted whereas some of them can get really rather dull and long winded.

    • Even though I typically don’t like the Globe’s choices, the show’s better to watch than the Oscars because they’re much quicker. Thanks for commenting.

  8. I’m someone who doesn’t watch them at all and skip on all the news about them, maybe except to see who had won….don’t care much for them.

    • I find myself doing that lately too. I usually just try to watch the big speeches. Thanks for commenting.

  9. I plan parties around them, but I usually provide running sarcastic commentary throughout.

    • I like doing commentary as well. Makes the shows much more interesting. Thanks for commenting.

  10. I usually only get psyched up for the Oscars. Do they get it wrong a lot of time? They sure do. Is it all political? It sure is. But it’s still a fun watch. I enjoy the drama of it. Getting worked up over the snubs like Affleck this year and rooting for the Actors I think should win. Sometimes I end of fuming but it always entertains be it good or bad.

    • Thats’ true. Even when they make mistakes, they’re still entertaining and I usually watch every year. Thanks for commenting.

  11. I like to watch them quite a bit to (1) see the stars, (2) see all the cool dresses the ladies wear (3) hear some of the hilarious jokes (4) watch some of my faves win the awards, and (5) to see if I can guess the winners. Ultimately I end up getting frustrated with the nominators exclusion of some and inclusion of others, but it’s still a lot of fun for me to watch.

    great question. I can see how some just choose to ignore award shows.

    • I usually find myself watching award shows for the same reasons. I always like rooting for my favorite films to win. Thanks for commenting.

  12. Honestly, I just don’t really care that much about any of them. It’s fine to recognize good films, but I don’t get much out of awards shows. I like what I like, and I enjoy talking about what I like, but these things always seem too self-congratulatory for my liking. I also enjoy, shall we say, different kinds of movies than the people picking the nominees and winners. At least a lot of the time.

    • I find myself thinking the same thing often. I like it when the recognize good movies but they are pretty self-congragulatory. Thanks for commenting.

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