Growing up, I loved the major entertainment awards – the Oscars, the Grammys, and the Emmys. Even when I was a kid, there was something about the pageantry and the history that made these awards worth watching.
The Academy Awards especially held a mythic quality for me. From the glamor of Old Hollywood through the 90s, there was something special about the Oscars.
But in the last 20 years or so, the Oscars have started to lose their luster. It began when the Academy started honoring films that weren’t popular with anyone but the critics. Then nearly every speech turned into political polemic. Now the Oscars have decreed that Best Picture nominees must meed certain standards of “inclusion” in order to be considered for the award starting in 2024.
For nearly a century, the only qualifications for Best Picture were a running length of 40 minutes or longer and certain standards for when and where a film gets screened. But soon films will have to check the boxes of intersectionality in order to receive a nomination.
The Los Angeles Times reports:
To be eligible for best picture, a film must meet at least two standards across four categories: “Onscreen Representation, Themes and Narratives,” “Creative Leadership and Project Team,” “Industry Access and Opportunities” and “Audience Development.” Within each category are a variety of criteria involving the inclusion of people in underrepresented groups, including women, people of color, LGBTQ+ people and those with cognitive or physical disabilities. (Other Oscar categories will not be held to these same standards, but the contenders for best picture typically filter down to other feature-length categories.)
So beginning in four years, a film can have tell a tremendous story, contain powerful performances, and have breathtaking cinematography, but it won’t even be considered for Best Picture if it doesn’t check enough boxes for political correctness.
The Oscars have been the gold standard for excellence in cinema for decades. The industry feted the best films, performances, and technical aspects with honors. But not anymore. The Academy Awards have turned into political statements – trophies for intersectionality. And that’s a shame, because they’ll continue to lose relevance with the general public as they slide further into incestuous back-patting for the far left.
I’ve stopped watching awards shows for many reasons, but mainly because of politics, and I’m not the only one. Last year’s Oscars reported record low viewership, and the producers’ attempts to create memorable and buzzworthy moments. But what the Academy has failed to do is honor movies that viewers care about and keep far left politics from invading the ceremony.
Until the Oscars fix those things, they’ll continue to slide into irrelevance. But Hollywood doesn’t care – all that matters to them is checking the boxes of intersectionality.