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    By late February/early March, the Oscars have become very redundant for the most part and the only sense of surprise happens in like 1-3 categories and when it does, it’s not necessarily exciting because award season seems to be extremely long these days and most people are beaten down including the nominees that now know they have no chance in hell of winning.

    I know that the Oscars are seen like the Superbowl with the precursors acting like in-season and play-off games and that adds to the excitement building up, but I find that by the time we get to the big game, it’s not really that exciting because the Academy tends to go the way of the industry awards with all the overlapping membership. Rather than create excitement, the precursors only spoil the actual results for the most part, and only give people online a few extra tedious weeks of boring debates about stats. I also think this whole season makes people hate perfectly good movies because those movies become hyped and gain annoying online fans for the 2-3 months that the awards are being televised.

    I think the Oscars should just happen and people can go on debating the merits of the films AFTER the awards are given out.

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    Delilah
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    It is a problem that will not be fixed, unless/until we see the rights to the show move to another network or service.

    Why? For one, the extra month or so provides the media with additional ad revenue via FYC campaigns, article and thinkpiece clicks, etc.

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    M: The Original
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    No. All these precursors exist to influence Oscar voting. Talent would cease caring about other awards if the Oscars came first.

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    Chris Beachum
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    The Oscars would never be first because all of the other groups would still move theirs in front. For each group, it is the single biggest source of money for their entire year. They’re not going to give that up.

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    SHT L
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    But if the Oscars moved to mid-to-late January, could the other groups be the far in front as they are now since the year just ended and some movies hadn’t had time to release screeners and such unless all “Oscar” movies now release before the end of December?

    I get awards season is a big business and it’s never going to happen, but I wish it would.

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    JohnJay
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    It seems like your problem isn’t necessarily the timing of the oscars but rather the amount of precursors there are which then “push” the oscars further into the year. From what I understand in your post is that by the time the oscars come around, most races are already over/we already know who’s going to win because all the precursors point to a certain nominee. And because these precursors have overlapping voters in the academy, the chances of any surprises are small. So if there were less precursors and the academy became more its own independent voting body, the smaller chance of predictability at the oscars. But what do I know.

    I can’t answer for the second part of your post (where you talk about annoying fans and people hating on perfectly good but hyped movies) but my god can I understand it.

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    I would prefer moving it back to March. Not too long ago it would have been last weekend.

    Now everything is so rushed. There is barely enough time to see everything.

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