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.