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  • RobertPius
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    #181775

    If this were like 10 years ago we’d all still have 4 more weeks of discussion. Do you think it will ever move back to March?

    With 4 more weeks of camapigning do you think any awards would have been different?

     

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    Zooey the Dreamer
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    I started following the Oscars in the early 2000’s (as a child; mid-20’s now ;(). I remember that the show had real surprises back then, even though I read everything about it I could find online. I read many predictions and there were always real surprises — and I’m not talking about the wins for Marcia Gay Harden, Soderbergh, Polanski, Adrien Brody, though they happened as well. I’m talking about the whole season. We had real races in acting categories. 

    Right now one actor wins the majority of awards in every category. Back then, there were real shockers all the way to the Oscars. Now SAG won’t dare to have a shocking winner but back then there were shockers: Halle Berry, Renee Zellweger defeating Nicole Kidman and Julianne Moore (and she was considered fourth at the time). Just take a look:

    Globe/SAG before the switch:

    1996 — agreed in only two category (best actor and supporting actress; McDormand Norton all lost at the Globes)
    1997 — agreed in 2/3 categories (disagreed in supporting actor, but supporting actress was a tie – one of the winners had Globe as well)
    1998 — agreed in one category (best actress – Paltrow; disagreed in actor – not even a nominee, supporting actor, supporting actress)
    1999 — agreed in one category (best supporting actress; Spacey, Bening and Caine all lost at the Globes)
    2000 — agreed in two* categories (best actress and Del Toro, no matter the category change)
    2001 — agreed in one category only (actor – Crowe, though Connelly was in a different category)
    2002 — agreed in one category only (Zellweger in lead actress and she was a SAG shocker!)
    Needless to say, during the same period there were Oscar winners who didn’t win Globe, SAG or BAFTA. This has not happened since the shift to February! 
    1996 — Spacey (Binoche didn’t have the BAFTA at the time of her Oscar win) 
    1997 — none
    1998 — Coburn (Dench didn’t have the BAFTA at the time of her Oscar win) 
    1999 — none
    2000 — Crowe, Marcia Gay Harden
    2001 — Washington
    2002 — Brody

    So between 1996 and 2002 (7 years) 6 actors won Oscars without the support of all three major precursors – Globe, SAG, BAFTA. The number of actors to win without at least one of these precursors between 2003 and 2014 (12 years) – ZERO.
    Between 1996 and 2002 (7 years) Globes and SAG disagreed on 15 (or 16) instances.
    Between 2003 and 2014 (12 years), Globes and SAG disagreed on: 10 instances. There are four years where they didn’t disagree at all. 

    This is boring, isn’t it?! 

    Oscar voters have to start thinking for themselves. Make the season longer. 

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    KyleBailey
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    #181778

    I like them being early. I think doing them in March is pushing it on honoring the previous year in movies. It’s much of an after thought by the time we get to March of the previous year. 

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    #181779

    Award season is entirely too rushed. However everyone wants to predict the Oscars or tell the Academy who to nominated and vote for. If any of these awards bodies developed their own personality we would have some surprises in the acting categories. The closest we come to a surprise in the acting races is when it is a two person race throughout the season.

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    ETPhoneHome
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    #181780

    I think that the Oscar season has kept it’s length, but it starts earlier and finishes earlier. The critics awards start in November, which gives us a full four months. Also, the festival season is discussed at length, so Cannes is even part of the Oscar season now. And Sundance is relevant too, even though it comes before the previous season ends.

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    tennisfreak
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    #181781

    Living in flyover country and having a full time job, I (like most voters) just wish I had more time to SEE the darn nominees! This is especially true now that there are more than 5 best pic nominees. This was less a problem this year with Grand Budapest and Boyhood coming out so easily, but in Olympic years I’m beyond grateful when I get that extra week into March to cram.

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    Kevin Jacobsen
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    I do think there should be more separation between the Oscars and all the other award shows. Give voters more time to reflect on their choices through a longer voting window. And I know it feels like everything is “leading up” to the Oscars but why not have the Golden Globes or BAFTA in March instead? It would allow for more surprises at the Oscars and I think it would subtly allow the other organizations to do their own thing instead of going with groupthink and “presumed frontrunners.”

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    Boidiva02
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    If this were like 10 years ago we’d all still have 4 more weeks of discussion. Do you think it will ever move back to March?

    With 4 more weeks of camapigning do you think any awards would have been different?

     

    I totally agree. When they were in March there were a lot of big surprises and more unpredicatble outcomes… Now everybody presumes to know who the winners are before the ceremony. 

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