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February 22, 2017 at 7:46 pm #1202019102
Wonder if he’ll be invited back ever:
Money quote: “I would have liked to have seen ‘Deadpool’ get nominated. I do think there’s a certain type of movie that’s not considered for awards. It’s a shame, because there’s nothing serious about the movies; they’re an escape. I think comedies are also underappreciated. “There’s maybe too much gravity applied to the nomination process.”
Variety: A nod for “Deadpool,” whose U.S. box office receipts total $363 million, might have created more interest for this year’s ceremony, which celebrates a batch of indies such as “La La Land,” “Moonlight,” and “Manchester by the Sea.” Last year’s show, emceed by Chris Rock, was the lowest-watched telecast in eight years, with 34 million viewers tuning in to see “Spotlight” claim the top prize.February 22, 2017 at 8:20 pm #1202019125
Regarding Kimmel’s comments and TV ratings, I guess there always will be confusion about AMPAS and the Academy Awards being perceived as a general public popularity contest like the “People’s Choice” awards and the reality that it’s industry awards wherein only those who work within the industry select the nominees and winners. Since when has it been based on box office gross receipts? Or upon fickle critical reviews? Or upon the whims of the general public? They don’t always select the “best” for that year, but perhaps the “most deserving” based on the past, or industry inside politics. However it works, it’s the industry itself selecting who those within the industry will receive the prizes.
Regarding the TV broadcast:
If I were AMPAS (and I’m not) I wouldn’t give a rat’s rectum about TV and TV ratings for the awards ceremony. The only folks that care about the TV ratings are the network execs of the network doing the telecast as the only thing it does is determine how much they get paid per second for the commercial air time they’ve sold and how much net profit it brings in. Unless there’s some cost/profit sharing deal made, AMPAS already got their money for the telecast rights.
I have not watched the Academy Awards on TV for over two decades, probably going on three now. It’s much too long with too much gratuitous bloat, starting with enormous piles of red carpet male bovine feces hours beforehand consisting of self-appointed Fashion Nazis who scrutinize which women are wearing what dress and how much they can denigrate it. Apparently the men are beginning to get some equal time now with the schoolyard fashion bullies ganging up on their tux choices. It’s downright disgusting. I read about the winners on Wikipedia the next morning over coffee as they publish a very nice and concise set of tables showing nominees and winners. Takes all of ten minutes or less.
JohnFebruary 22, 2017 at 10:48 pm #1202019209
lol It’s going to be a great night.February 22, 2017 at 11:10 pm #1202019219
It feels like he’s saying that in case he bombs. He can say “well it’s because you didn’t nominate Deadpool!”February 23, 2017 at 7:41 am #1202019591
A lot of people think so. They’re also wrong, incidentally.February 23, 2017 at 8:20 am #1202019611
Nowhere once did this article state that Kimmel said the Oscars are “screwed” by not nominating “Deadpool” for BP. I figured that was Paul’s tired, infantile editorializing about “indie Oscars!” at play, and sure enough, I was right. Kimmel just has a preference. I’m sure there are people who wanted “Suicide Squad” and “Rogue One” nominated for BP, but what the hell good does it to to rant about it days before Sunday night? You’re better off just reading the results online early Monday morning. What this article does tell me that it’ll be a long night of Kimmel’s above-the-room snark just like the Emmys. So many better hosting choices to pick from than him. Sigh.February 23, 2017 at 8:44 am #1202019637
I’m all for nominating big-budget films when they deserve it, but Deadpool was not very good. Wasn’t even the best superhero movie this year much less one of the best movies period.February 23, 2017 at 12:26 pm #1202019859
The Oscars have been Indie Spirits Redux for half of the decade. And Variety’s charitable with the description of an ‘indie’ in 2016, cause I consider Fences, Lion and Hell or High Water indies, too. Not so much Hidden Figures or Hacksaw Ridge.February 23, 2017 at 12:46 pm #1202019876
I consider something like Winter Soldier or Civil War more Oscarable than Deadpool. I never got the Give-Deadpool-A-Nom hype. There is indeed a discrepancy between movies that make a lot of money and Oscar nominees (some of which seem to be shown for two weeks in a cramped art theater an hour’s drive from where I live in the good old Midwest) that’s a stark difference from the Grammys where extremely popular and mainstream acts get nominated more. But in this case I just don’t agree here.