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Golden Rule: The Popular Film Oscar

With the Oscars less than 6 months away, there’s already plenty of talk about what may be nominated. Earlier this year The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced that they would be adding a new category to the Oscars, Popular Film. Here’s our thoughts.

The Academy has often done things to try to change up the game and potentially bring in more viewers: promising a streamlined ceremony, with Oscars being given to winners in their seats or singers performing medleys of the nominated Original Songs. But there has always been an effort made to respect the craft. At the end of the day, the awarding of the Oscars means something. Yes, there are politics involved, and yes, there are some shady deals made (even if it’s denied), but there are plenty of times where artists receive the recognition they deserve – recognition that can in turn change things moving forward.

The Oscars inspire people. It’s not just about the people in the seats, but also about the people at home. It’s about the dreamers who believe that one day they, too, can be standing up there on that stage in the Dolby Theatre, being handed that little golden man as an acknowledgement that they created something beautiful, that they achieved something fantastic and something worthwhile. The Oscars do tend to lean towards more eclectic and artistic tastes, but there’s nothing wrong with that.

If we’re going to say there’s a divide between what makes tons of money, what wins Oscars, and what is a legitimately good film, then something must change. Simply saying, “Let’s just give an Oscar to the film that makes the most money,” isn’t the right answer. Let’s push for more inclusion in the Oscars. Let’s push for more blockbuster films to be made by auteur directors. Blend it all until it comes out even and we have good material that means something and makes good money. But don’t do this. Don’t give the most prestigious award in film to something that is honestly a mediocre cash grab.

Respect this art form. Be willing to say that this film is worthy of what it has received. Be willing to say that this film will be worthy of it ten years down the line. This category will be judged by box office success. And if you’re telling me that Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest, Star Wars: The Phantom Menace, and Beverly Hills Cop are on equal footing with The Departed, Gladiator, and Amadeus, then you clearly don’t understand what this medium can be.

Keep Following Poor Man’s Spoiler as we continue our coverage of the Awards Season leading up to the Oscars! The 91st Academy Awards will take place Sunday February 24th on ABC.

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Written by Alex Lancaster
(Alex is a life long film fan, and has dedicated his life to watching, making and obsessing over films. His favorite film is Big Fish, and he despises Avatar. He has a 4 year old son. And a bad habit of saying more than he needs to. Follow 
@alex5348 on Twitter)

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