Monday, March 1, 2021

The award shows are weird this year


Amazing that the 2021 award season is just now kicking off at the time every year where its usually winding down. But you thank COVID-19 for that.

I didn't watch the Golden Globes last night. I read the winners list this morning. I know Tina Fey and Amy Poehler hosted and knowing them, I am sure they did really well. The older I get, the more cynical around awards I have noticed I get. Sure, I am a little interested to see who pompous Hollywood likes to give their golden statues to, but that's all it is, it's pompous Hollywood self-congratulating themselves. I know there fans of these ceremonies and people who specifically like the kinds of movies that the award's season covers, and I don't mean to judge what they like. You are more than okay to like the movies you like and enjoy the awards season. The older I get though, the more I think the conversations around award circuits is limited. I detest the idea that certain filmmakers will make an "Oscar-bait" movie. Because honestly, doesn't that make awards redundant? I don't like that entire genres and entire types of films are ignored because the subject matter isn't enough for the award circuit. It all drives me nuts more and more.

2021 awards are going to be even weirder this year. For some reason, because of COVID, the awards got pushed back this year. COVID may have made the business cautious, to be safe over being sorry, and I understand that completely. But I don't get that the measure of a year really goes kapoot. They were successfully able to work around it. It was postponed and many actors, from what I saw, received their awards from home last night. Good move, for sure. But including 2021 releases when we should be focusing on the year 2020. Each year has their own mix of great moments from film and television and I think if you are going to pick what the best of each year was, it has to be set within that year.

"Judas and The Black Messiah" is a wildly great movie. I gave the movie a great review. Movies that great usually don't come out this early in a year. If its such an early anomaly, why is it being caked in with a bunch of 2020 titles. Don't get me wrong, I am glad Daniel Kaluuya is getting recognized for his work in this film. But it almost feels like an unfair advantage against a sea of 2020 films filled with great performances that got pushed to side for a 2021 movie.

I don't remember these awards being categorized by a year and three months, they are the best of the year, so we should focus on the year in question. That year is 2020.

I feel like this isn't a COVID issue and I don't understand why it happened. It makes the whole season of awards very weird and I don't know how this will affect the future of these ceremonies.

Oh well. I've spoken my peace on the subject. Now I am going to start figuring out who will appear on my annual Heroes vs. Villains March Madness bracket!

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