YOUR ideas for how to make the Oscars more relevant?

Home // Forums // Movies // YOUR ideas for how to make the Oscars more relevant?

Viewing 15 posts - 1 through 15 (of 30 total)
Created
2 years ago
Last Reply
2 years ago
29
replies
555
views
18
users
5
5
2
  • Marcus Dixon
    Keymaster
    Joined:
    Jun 12th, 2011
    Topics:
    Posts:
    #191874

    The Oscars aren’t as influential or impactful as they used to be, much to my dismay. But let’s change that! What are some out-of-the-box ideas you have to make the Oscar ceremony more influential next year? Things like Ellen DeGeneres’ celeb selfie that broke Twitter. We’ll give the best ideas to this year’s Oscar producers (once they’re announced).

    Reply
    FilmGuy619
    Participant
    Joined:
    Jan 13th, 2013
    Topics:
    Posts:
    #191876

    I think not only should they nominate popcorn movies in the main categories (ones that critics and audiences believe in), but put greater emphasis on them in the actual ceremony. Often I feel they are treated like drunken cousins at a Christmas party thrown out a half hour into the party. Also, almost no musical numbers. They’re the reason, or at least one reason, the show tends to drag too long these days. 

    ReplyCopy URL
    babypook
    Participant
    Joined:
    Nov 4th, 2010
    Topics:
    Posts:
    #191877

    I agree with the points by FilmGuy. And I’m wondering if they can use Social Media a tad more in some creative ways? Not that I’m a fan of FB etc, but look at Sharknado for example. Isnt it a huge hit now because of this?

    “They” may be uptight and elitist, but that’s not very relevant if people dont tune in.

    ReplyCopy URL
    DamianWayne
    Participant
    Joined:
    Jul 21st, 2015
    Topics:
    Posts:
    #191878

    These may not make the show influential, but they’ll certainly make it more watchable:

    – Ban musical numbers.
    – Bring back those montages they did for the supporting nominees a few years ago for all four acting categories. 
    – An 8pm est start time. (Starting at 8:30 is beyond dumb, I don’t care what kind of contract the Academy has with ABC. The show feels never ending when it starts that late.)
     

    ReplyCopy URL
    Riley
    Participant
    Joined:
    Oct 11th, 2010
    Topics:
    Posts:
    #191879

    No more random Chicago tributes.

    ReplyCopy URL
    ETPhoneHome
    Participant
    Joined:
    Jan 3rd, 2013
    Topics:
    Posts:
    #191880

    I think that they need to make the nominations event more publicized. Don’t just put it on the web, get some network coverage during a morning show. Do a build up to it. Then maybe even throw in something about the actual nominated films, promoting a rerelease to the public, and making them want to actually see all the nominated films. The number of people who had no idea what Still Alice even was last year is deplorable, and Inthink that if the Oscars had done something more to promote a film they thought was deserving of a top award, then it might have made more people tune in. The Academy will always be judged on the quality of the films they choose, and they should be in a position where they don’t need to nominate films that the public have all seen, but the public should want to see the films they nominate.

    ReplyCopy URL
    Daniel Montgomery
    Participant
    Joined:
    May 14th, 2011
    Topics:
    Posts:
    #191881

    I think they need to embrace on-demand. The Oscars are the only major award besides the Tonys where the viewing public doesn’t have access to all the eligible material. Great indie film or foreign gets nominated? Good luck finding “Amour”  or “Two Days, One Night” in Bumblefuck, Wyoming before the telecast.

    The way we consume entertainment has changed. The Emmys have gotten ahead of the curve, but not the Oscars. This may not be of dire concern yet, but give it another 10 or 15 years and the academy will start to look downright retrograde, bordering on irrelevant.

    ReplyCopy URL
    Brayden Fitzsimmons
    Participant
    Joined:
    May 3rd, 2015
    Topics:
    Posts:
    #191882

    I think not only should they nominate popcorn movies in the main categories (ones that critics and audiences believe in), but put greater emphasis on them in the actual ceremony. Often I feel they are treated like drunken cousins at a Christmas party thrown out a half hour into the party. Also, almost no musical numbers. They’re the reason, or at least one reason, the show tends to drag too long these days. 

    argreed, Inside Out, Straight Outta Compton and possibly force awakens are all critically and commerical success worthy of a best picture nomination  

    ReplyCopy URL
    AMG
    Participant
    Joined:
    Sep 20th, 2012
    Topics:
    Posts:
    #191883

    NOOOOO! You can’t just nominate a film because it’s popular. It demotes the importance these awards are meant to have.

    ReplyCopy URL
    M H
    Participant
    Joined:
    Nov 7th, 2010
    Topics:
    Posts:
    #191884

    I don’t think the problem is the Oscars, I think it is Hollywood. The mid-budget adult film with broad appeal is basically dead in Hollywood today, and this is the kind of film that the Oscars used to be filled with. Look at the BP winners in the 90s: How many of those can you imagine being made and having major studio pushes behind them if they were made now. Would you expect films likeUnforgiven or American Beauty to be big hits if they were made a released this year? Look beyond the BP winners other major players, like, say, The Green MileJerry MaguireAwakeningsThe Prince of Tides, etc. etc. How many of these could even get made today and given the same kind of budget and support by their stuidos? 

    Give the public good quality adult movies and market and screen them in ways that the public respods to, and all of a sudden the Oscars look pretty relevant. This actually happened not long ago. In 2010, 7 of 10 BP, including all of the major winners, were big box office hits. 

    ReplyCopy URL
    Daniel Montgomery
    Participant
    Joined:
    May 14th, 2011
    Topics:
    Posts:
    #191885

    I don’t think the problem is the Oscars, I think it is Hollywood. The mid-budget adult film with broad appeal is basically dead in Hollywood today, and this is the kind of film that the Oscars used to be filled with. Look at the BP winners in the 90s: How many of those can you imagine being made and having major studio pushes behind them if they were made now. Would you expect films likeUnforgiven or American Beauty to be big hits if they were made a released this year? Look beyond the BP winners other major players, like, say, The Green MileJerry MaguireAwakeningsThe Prince of Tides, etc. etc. How many of these could even get made today and given the same kind of budget and support by their stuidos? 

    Give the public good quality adult movies and market and screen them in ways that the public respods to, and all of a sudden the Oscars look pretty relevant. This actually happened not long ago. In 2010, 7 of 10 BP, including all of the major winners, were big box office hits. 

    It’s almost like the dwindling of the middle class, LOL. Hollywood these days seems to be divided sharply between huge budget international blockbusters and super low-budget indies, horror, etc. Mid-budget comedies still have some life in them, but mainstream adult dramas have all been driven out into TV and the internet (“Breaking Bad,” “House of Cards,” “Mad Men,” “The Americans,” and so on).

    ReplyCopy URL
    Grigorakis
    Participant
    Joined:
    Feb 22nd, 2015
    Topics:
    Posts:
    #191886

    I think it needs to be a show about the nominated films and the people that crafted them. No more tributes to The Sound Of Music, to James Bond and all that.
    Expanding the categories to 6 wouldn’t hurt as well. I would love to see “Trainwreck” in the nominations for example, but if you have 5 nominees there is no permanent comedy slot.
    Also, VOTE FOR THE BEST FILMS AND NOT THE SAFEST CHOICES.

    ReplyCopy URL
    AMG
    Participant
    Joined:
    Sep 20th, 2012
    Topics:
    Posts:
    #191887

    For me, the way to make the Oscars more relevant is to do away with ALL the bloody pre-cursors there are.

    By the time Oscar night comes, every awards watcher has heard JK Simmons mention his above average children at the Globes, SAG, BAFTA, Critics Choice, Independent Spirit etc. etc. etc. Every person who wasn’t even largely invested in the race knew that Arquette, Moore & Simmons would win. 

    Everyone knows that they don’t have to sit through the ceremony if they don’t want, and they will see who has won on social media, and they will see the moment they win, and hear bits about their speeches, and hear about the big talking points to do with the host the next day on EVERY TV programme. 

    If they get rid of half the pre-cursors, the odds are that there may be more of a race for some of the awards. It’s becoming colour-by-numbers with the winners every year now. Unless you’re lucky, and you get a shock. But the shock comes in Animated Short. So no one knows it’s a shock. 

    All the voters for the Oscars vote for other awards. Why? Why not have a rule where if you vote for the Oscars, you only vote for the Oscars, and maybe one other body? Two at the most! That way, the mass block vote we see at the SAG or DGA doesn’t then give away all the winners come Oscar night. 

    It needs to become an event again, that is unrivalled in importance, and delivers entertainment, and shocks with the awards themselves. The only way to do that is to do something with the pre-cursors that run for months before the Oscars. 

    ReplyCopy URL
    ETPhoneHome
    Participant
    Joined:
    Jan 3rd, 2013
    Topics:
    Posts:
    #191888

    ^I strongly disagree that all precursors should be banned, but your overall point is solid. If the voting bodies were more distinct, then you could have less predictability. I agree that the Academy should be limited on the number of precursors it can vote for. Otherwise, there’s a risk that the other awards will just become mini-Oscars and lose their own relevance too.

    ReplyCopy URL
    AMG
    Participant
    Joined:
    Sep 20th, 2012
    Topics:
    Posts:
    #191889

    ^I strongly disagree that all precursors should be banned, but your overall point is solid. If the voting bodies were more distinct, then you could have less predictability. I agree that the Academy should be limited on the number of precursors it can vote for. Otherwise, there’s a risk that the other awards will just become mini-Oscars and lose their own relevance too.

    I’m not saying ban them all. But we certainly don’t need them ALL.

    (having re-read my initial post, I get why you think I said I’d want them all gone)

    At least the likes of the Globes/BAFTA/Indpendent Spirit are, in their essence, supposed to offer something different. Whether it’s a different cohort of voters, a different selection of films and winners, or a more diverse scope to include the likes of box office giants alongside the Oscar baity films.

    But, in saying that, something like the Spirit awards need to not focus themselves on who will win the Oscars the next night. They need to go for the films that deserve the backing not given by a huge stage like the Oscars. Fair enough, nominated Julianne Moore for example, but did the voters really think she gave the best performance? Or did they get caught up in the Oscar buzz for her, and give her the award 24 hours before the Oscar?  

    ReplyCopy URL
Viewing 15 posts - 1 through 15 (of 30 total)
Reply To: YOUR ideas for how to make the Oscars more relevant?

You can use BBCodes to format your content.
Your account can't use Advanced BBCodes, they will be stripped before saving.

Similar Topics
Chris B... - Aug 19, 2017
Movies
Chris B... - Aug 19, 2017
Movies