June 20, 2018 at 7:53 pm #1202570105
This is my official petition to The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the Officers of the Board of Governors. Please read it and then I sincerely ask for your signature. Thank you.
I created this petition due to my having seen the need for many years to include a new category for the annual Academy Awards, also known as the Oscars. This has not been as widely demanded as other potential categories like Casting and Stunt Coordination, yet I believe it is of great importance to the continued relevance of the Oscars as an event that which ignites the cultural zeitgeist among cinema lovers. I humbly and sincerely propose the creation of a brand-new competitive category that would be voted on by all Academy members with voting privileges called the “Hindsight Award.”
As many people say “Hindsight is 20/20.” However, I personally believe that it would take far longer than a mere 20 years for the genuine cultural impact and lasting legacy of any work of art to be accurately and appropriately measured. This is why after much careful consideration, I have come to the conclusion that 80 years ought to be a suitable amount of time for the legacy of a film to be measured with the clearest perspective untainted by popular hype that may have worked positively or negatively to affect a films Oscar chances during their year of awards consideration.
This category would reignite interest in the Academy Awards among fans of classic films, aka the type of people who would most likely enjoy the Oscars in the first place. Also, this category would surely help with the exposure of underrated gems that the well-educated Academy voters might nominate in addition to possibly rewarding masterpieces the Oscars did not recognize when they were first released.
This category’s existence would in no way whatsoever disrespect the winners and nominees that Academy voters had originally chosen decades ago. It would simply provide a fascinating insight into which films have held up the best in the eyes of the ever-changing and evolving industry.
This category would have a solid 5 nominees unlike the Oscars current Best Picture category. It would also be voted on by a plurality vote, where during the nominations phase of Oscar voting, 5 films would be selected as the best that would have been eligible for Oscar consideration that specific past calendar year. During final Oscar voting, 1 film would be selected by Academy voters as the best film of that past calendar year, 80 years in hindsight, thus allowing a fascinating and revealing look at the changing tastes and preferences of the motion picture industry.
The studios behind those films may or may not choose to campaign for any specific films they own the rights to, as is the case with studios and their films today.
The films in contention for this category would NOT have to have received any Oscar nominations previously
If included, this “Hindsight Award” would be a permanent inclusion among the Oscars’ annual categories and I believe it would be a valuable and necessary one.
Jacob DavisJune 25, 2018 at 7:52 am #1202572628
Given that some films that seem to lead the pack in a particular year fade into obscurity only months later, I love this idea. I might only pose that this should be an entity unto itself. The Academy would never go for it; the most they’d do is give an overlooked director a Special Achievement Oscar late in life.
But the idea that there’s an institution or circle that reviews the films of a particular year a decade or so after is always fun!June 25, 2018 at 8:31 am #1202572653
I actually think this would be really fun and interesting to see since 80+ years means it would not be the same people voting that voted for the awards during the actual year, BUT I can see it pissing some people off like saying “yeah, it was a mistake to award YOUR movie that year” no matter how you word the intention behind the award. Also, how many years do you think the actual Best Picture winner and the Hindsight winner would be the same?
I think maybe they could do a Hindsight of the Hindsight award just to see how tastes change in another 100 years. It does happen some times.
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