25 January 2017

The Oscar Film Rant

I hate this time of year for films. Sounds crazy, right? Surely this is supposed to be the most exciting time! It's award season, time to get all glammed up and celebrate all the wonderful things that have happened in the world of film this year. Meh.

Don't get me wrong I've always loved watching the Oscars and it's still a dream of mine to win one but since I have started studying film I've noticed something that I find so frustrating.

It seems to me that all the films that get nominated are kind of the same. There seems to be a lot of people moping around looking moody and gloomy *cough* Manchester By The Sea *cough* and to be honest these films look boring af. Obviously this doesn't go for all of them, Arrival was amazing and I am yet to see La La Land but that seems like an exception too but honestly a lot of the nominations from the last few years look like the same thing to me.

I remember watching an interview with Matthew Vaughn (director of Kingsman and the Kick Ass films) and he said that the Academy needs to start celebrating the films people are actually watching, not just the ones they think are worthy and I couldn't agree more. It annoys me how the same few films get nominated for the big awards (best film, best actor/actress etc) like hey more than 5 films came out this year! Plus they are all films that have come out in the last month or so, what about all the other films that came out during the rest of the year?

It seems to me that these films are created just to win the awards and this doesn't seem right. That's not what film should be about. I am very much a believer that film is art, an expression and a story. It's purpose should be to entertain and educate, not to win awards. '

There are many great films that get ignored, for example Nocturnal Animals this year, and mediocre films that get nominated over and over again. This along with last years #OscarsSoWhite has definitely made me lose interest in the whole thing.

Sorry that turned into quite the rant didn't it! I'm feeling a bit better now I've got that off my chest though. Whilst we're on the subject of over-rated films, I'm thinking of doing a "Don't Believe The Hype" type series where I watch really popular and hyped up films/TV Shows and let you know if I think they're really worth it. Please let me know if this is something you would be interested in reading!

Do you agree with me? Or maybe you think the Academy has made the right decision with it's nominations? Let me know in the comments! 

See you soon, 

Beth x


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