Thursday, November 21, 2013
Why I Don't Like Predicting Awards Season
This is the time of year when I'm always asked, "So what's your pick for Best Picture of the Year?" or "Do you really think that she could win over [INSERT ANY MERYL STREEP PERFORMANCE HERE]?" The very thought of these questions deflates any enthusiasm I would otherwise have for awards season. I know I'm supposed to get extra excited right around now as part of my film geek requirements, but I just don't.
Maybe it has something to do with the very idea that awards can be predicted just makes it seem rehearsed and less exciting. Or maybe the countless precursor awards removes the element of surprise from what I like to call the "final stretch" awards (i.e. the Oscars and the Golden Globes). With the same person getting awarded for the same performance for months in advance, it really makes the final stretch accolades just seem like a lame repeat episode (unless by some miracle the major Academy decides to shake things up a bit--though that rarely happens). Let's just say, the fashion has become far more interesting to discuss than who we believe may win a shiny prize. I know y'all are already sweating over who Jennifer Lawrence will be wearing this year. Admit it.
Oh, and the campaigning! First of all, they're not running for president, stop the shameless politicking. I'm not here for it, like at all. I don't care how many interviews you do for your lame performance in a lamer movie, I don't want to see your name listed among the nominees. Which is why I admire people like Michael Fassbender, who announced earlier this year that he wouldn't campaign for his performance in 12 Years a Slave. (Well, I admire him for that and maybe a few other reasons.) He was completely shut out for his wonderful performance in last year's Shame, so I'm taking this as his "F-- you, Academy. I'm awesome and I don't need your medals to prove it" stance. Besides, Mo'Nique stepped off the publicity hamster wheel and still won for her 2009 performance in Precious. So take that, suckas.
Another thing I don't like about award prognosticating is that it's a blood sport. No one wants to reasonably discuss your opinion on who you feel is most deserving of which award. In fact, no one wants to talk about who you feel should win the award; they want to know who you think the voting academies will choose. Um, what's the fun in that? I don't mind making a great case for a performance I can stand behind, not one based on opinions set by another (which often collide with my own). In the latter case, it's like deciding five performances you don't really care about, but you know others care about it. No, thank you.
Don't get me wrong: I'm going to watch each and every award show leading up to the final stretch next year like the awards junkie I am (I just can't quit them), and I will complain about/admire the nominees as passionately as the next person. Just don't ask me to predict who wins; I could probably guestimate, but it would be a lot more fun to debate hopefuls rather than actuals.
With that out of the way, what do you think the gorgeous Lupita Nyong'o will wear? Or the always fashionably unpredictable Cate Blanchett?