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    When they’re just the opinions of, as my brother puts it, “old white men?” Just curious. I mean, can’t we enjoy films even if they don’t win little gold men?

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    BICTH
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    because it’s literally what this site is for? “predict hollywood races”?

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    The Night Fury
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    because it’s literally what this site is for? “predict hollywood races”?

    Agreed. But, should we put value on them outside of this site?

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    circa 1993
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    Agreed. But, should we put value on them outside of this site?

    No. It’s just a fun hobby that some are more passionate about than others.

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    LaChienne
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    Do we place so much value on the awards shows themselves though, outside of competing in the predictions leagues? After every show when awards don’t go the way we want we complain that the voters are idiots; very few people see that a loathed performance starts sweeping, or a beloved performance/film go snubbed and say “Oh well, they would know best.”

    Not that it’s a bad thing, it just wouldn’t be GD without the well-marinated bitching sesh.

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    Babygirl
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    Personally for me, I’m into award races because I’m a HUGE film fanatic and even dream of being a screenwriter one day. It’s just fun to root for your favourite films/actors and discussing what you like/dislike about the contenders with other fanatics. However some do take it more seriously than others but this is my reasoning.

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    Dan Jo
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    Don’t take it seriously. This is just a leisure same as Facebook. It’s really just nice to have this as hobby and I must admit it really improves my vocabulary. Haha

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    Riley
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    These awards do have cachet.  It is great to have your recommendation taken more seriously because you can back it up with the shorthand of it having been nominated for or won something prestigious.

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    Luca Giliberti
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    For me, it’s a result from my love of film and television, storytelling in general. The first time I really tuned into an awards show interested was in 2015 for the Emmys. I wanted Viola to win so, so badly – Game of Thrones as well – and I just had a blast watching the ceremony. At one point, I became really interested in this business, because we all know awards aren’t just based on quality.

    As someone who wants to be a storyteller himself, I just find all this fascinating. I think we all just like to root for people and see these huge shockers/ upsets happen. While it’s nice to have accurate predictions, the best part is when we have a Glenn Close moment at the Globes or a Regina King at the Emmys, because it makes you go: what?!

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    Lil Tony
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    I love movies and the prediction arenas keep me busy when I’m doing nothing at home. It’s fun. Some people tend to take everything they read here seriously personal though

    FYC Emily Blunt (Mary Poppins Returns) and Lady Gaga (A Star is Born) for best actress

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    I’ve often thought people who follow awards season tend to place less value on the awards themselves, not more, because they know how the system and campaigning works and appreciate how factors other than merit affect the results. Whereas the average layperson might just see the Oscars and other awards as this prestigious thing that’s supposed to be important, even if they don’t care about it very much. This is only an anecdote, but I remember telling a friend that isn’t very much into film beyond a fun pastime how critical film-lovers are of the Oscars, and she seemed surprised.

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    I’m a huge movie fan and actually started watching the Oscars the year Patton won Best Picture…..I was I guess 13 at the time. The only award show I really respect is the Oscars! This year I am definitely rooting for Glenn Close to win. I’ve seen all the “potential to be” nominated performers and would rank her #1.

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    Because many of us feel like we’re witnessing something that’ll become part of history. Many people can say, “I saw La La Land lose Best Picture to Moonlight”. Not a lot of people can say, “Yeah, that happened. Here’s a few reasons why that was bizarre and unexpected” and then rattle off a list of stats and precursor awards and how important each award is and how voting bodies and campaigns work. Or maybe even say, “Well, you know, they had it coming” and cite prefential balloting for Best Picture and release dates and oversaturating the advertising market, etc.

    Also, more importantly, whether we like it or not, awards bodies can dictate the type of art, in this case films, that gets distributed and produced. Blockbusters like Jaws and Star Wars started the trend in the late-70s because they were both critically and commercially successful, and 40 years later, producers are still trying to capture that magic. What tells you they’re critically successful? Well, people can’t really read old reviews for films from long-dead critics, so the Oscars can give audiences a sort of gauge that they can confirm a quality of something for. You say John Williams is the greatest modern composer in cinema? Has he won Oscars? Oh yes, he has. Ah well, that settles it then. Whether that thinking is right or not, or some sort of cyclical self-prophecy, that thinking in the minds of normal audiences exists. It’s exciting to somehow feel you’re witnessing some form of history happen, however wanky that sounds.

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    RobertPius
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    I was interested in awards shows before I even was old enough to see the movies nominated.

    It has changed in recent years with the predictability of the winners and all the precursor awards but I think I got interested because of the drama of the moment. It was like live sporting events such as the Olympics.

    It was just very exciting to see someone’s name called and have their life changed on live TV. If you watch old winners from the 90s and earlier there really is just such a palpable excitement in the moment. You get that a bit with things like Glenn Close’s surprise win but not as much anymore.

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    Cire
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    Like most on here , I love cinema , deeply and profoundly. This just happends to be the season when most people are talking about the art of movie making and storytelling moreso than usual and for a movie lover it’s kind of my superbowl season . That being said I’m under no illusions regarding these awards shows ,I know what they are , as do most on here , this is an industry afterall. However , I also do appreciate that sometimes these awards also allow me to discover smaller films, take notice of up and coming film makers, screenwriters and actors .

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