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As in every single year, the debate is served; some will use the Oscars as a guide to know which films have to be watched; some will just try to win their office raffle; some will claim they don’t give a toss about the Academy Awards and, most definitely, some will criticize the results. Whatever the case may be, it will be almost impossible to remain oblivious to the events taking place at the other side of the red carpet.
There will be tears, joy and anti Trump speeches; worst and best outfits and lots of selfies. La La Land will probably be the star of the night and as it happened with The Artist, Argo or Birdman, we will hear the same old (and probably true) speech: there are certain movies which are prone to win because bla bla bla…
Newspapers will fill with Oscar’s related news and for a couple of days everyone will play a specific role regarding what needs to be said about the brand-new statuette owners. Everyone who is in a position to talk about it, of course, if you are a refugee freezing your balls off at the Mediterranean I’m not sure you’ll care too much about Manchester by the sea. Not at least in that sense…
Anyway, Hollywood is quite far from Greece so let’s not lose track. Hollywood is, in fact, a show. The Show. And it must go on. So, why do we care if it’s the only time of the year when we will hear our heroes and heroines positioning themselves politically? And why do we pretend we actually believe this is about the actual best movie? And hey, sometimes they actually get it right: case in point, Spotlight. And, double hey, who would’ve liked to be in the jury’s shoes back in 2000 when the list was as prolific as: Magnolia, The Matrix, The Cider House Rules, American Beauty, The Green Mile, The Sixth Sense, Being John Malkovich, The Hurricane, The Talented Mr. Ripley, Boys Don’t Cry, All About My Mother, Buena Vista Social Club, Fight Club and Sleepy Hollow? Check it out, it was crazy.
So let’s not get carried away, nor let ourselves be mesmerised. The Oscars are what The Oscars are. It’s just up to us to give them a greater or lesser degree of importance.
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