The Oscars: The Academy Award For Best Exercise In Pointless Vanity

It’s that time of year again, boys and girls, because the Oscars are upon us! Which movie will the Academy select as 2014’s Best Picture despite being an incredibly safe, boring choice? Which actor or actress will take home the Best Actor/Best Actress Academy Award, and which ones will be snubbed for another year? [Spoilers: Hollywood darling Sandra Bullock, and Leonardo DeCaprio, respectively]. Perhaps this year we will finally learn the answer to the biggest question of all: why do people still care about this  irrelevant, self-congratulatory ceremony where a bunch of out-of-touch Hollywood celebrities declare which movies are the best? This last question is especially tricky considering that cinema as an art form gets most of its appeal from what people subjectively like or dislike about a particular film.

Kenny and B-Mask explore these questions and more as they discuss the Academy Awards as an institution, why it may be losing touch with what people expect from movies, and why, at the end of the day, the Oscars are simply losing relevancy.


Born in the stomach of a whale in a small fishing town in Antarctica, Kenny knew that his life mission would be to end world hunger, save Tibet, and finally learn how to dougie. Instead, he ended up studying law and writing the "Food For Thought" article series for One day, he hopes to become President of Brazil and blow up the moon.


B-Mask was not always a purveyor of animation. Having credentials ranging from frog slinger to hash seller, he has experienced life to its fullest extreme from under his tiny rock. He hosts the series known as Beyond Pictures which aims to look beneath the surface of works- understandably difficult in this day and age.

One Comment on “The Oscars: The Academy Award For Best Exercise In Pointless Vanity

  1. You mention the Iron Lady. I think that you have a point in stating a love for British film subjects in the Academy, but there’s also the fact that Meryl Streep was in it and the Academy has this obsession with her acting (by the way, she was nominated an 18th time this year, they should probably just name the ceremony after her!).

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