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Stop Awarding Best Actor Oscars To Guys Who Portray Real People Because It's A Lazy Cop Out

Give some of that awards attention to actors who put the work in for original characters.

Another year, another Oscars ceremony done and dusted.

While it was fun to go through all the red carpet looks, one of the big reasons we watch each year is to see whether our favourite actors and actress end up winning that gold statuette and to revel in the schadenfreude of the losing nominees’ reaction to their names not being called out.

For 2019, the Best Actor award went to Rami Malek for his great performance as Freddie Mercury in Bohemian Rhapsody.

No surprises there. The guy came into this year’s ceremony as the red hot favourite after picking up most of the big actor awards this season and no amount of weight put on by Christian Bale could curtail that momentum.

Here’s the thing: he absolutely didn’t deserve the award. In fact, most of nominees this year shouldn’t have even been considered for the statuette at all.

This year, four of the five Best Actor nominees are for actors who put on an impression of real people. In fact, a whopping 10 Best Actor statuettes have gone to actors portraying real people in the last 15 Oscar ceremonies. You have to go back to 1998, 1999, and 2000 to find back-to-back winners that didn’t involve portraying actual people.

Acting is an art and the point of art is to allow your creative juices to flow out of every pore, objectivity be damned. When it comes to portraying real-life people on film however, all the subjectivity that comes with art is gone.

With an original character, an actor gets free rein to take their performance wherever they want. But with real-life people, actors are essentially ticking off a checklist on how this person is meant to look, sound, and behave.

Put on an accent, dollops of make-up and prosthetics, and put on a bunch of weight = Oscar-winning performance.

There’s meant to be no right or wrong answer to acting but the Oscars have managed to somehow shoehorn in a marking criteria on how to give an award-winning film acting performance. That’s not art, that’s nothing more than a take home exam complete with mathematical formulas.

No disrespect to all the nominees and Rami, they all clearly worked their asses off and produced great performances. But they’re nothing more than glorified impressions and the disproportionate amount of attention being heaped onto them takes away all the hard work actors have put into creating original characters.

Can you even imagine a world where Daniel Day-Lewis (who won an Oscar for playing Abraham Lincoln) wasn’t able to conjure up this acting masterclass in There Will Be Blood?

This is art, people.

Among the many things that men need to learn from women, it seems like the Oscars could take a leaf out of that book. In the past 15 years, the Best Actress statuette has only gone to four actresses portraying real-life people.

Hell, we can lower that bar even further. Out of the 30 Oscar-winning Supporting Actor and Actress performances in the past 15 years, only nine were for portrayals of real people.

So in short, pull your finger out, Oscars. It’s called “Best Actor” not “Best Impression”.

The Oscars Add A New Most Popular Film Category, Which Ensures Best Picture Will Never Go To Popular Billion-Dollar Movies And Can Be Reserved For Mute Sea Monster Rom-Coms

At least this means The Meg is a big favourite for Oscar glory next year.

Whenever the Academy Awards roll around each year, someone inevitably brings up some form of argument about how the event is outdated, too pretentious, and filled with old men who have no idea what a good film is if it came up and slapped them in the face. Yes, I’m still annoyed Wonder Woman got completely snubbed while Meryl Streep got nominated AGAIN.

Well, the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences (the folks who run the whole shindig) decided to stir the pot early for the next event by announcing the addition of a new category called “Outstanding Achievement In Popular Film”.

So what they essentially did was add in the Oscar equivalent of Nickelodeon’s Favourite Movie category.

The big change was announced overnight, though the Academy have kept mum on what the eligibility criteria is other than it will be revealed later. However, they did say that a film can be nominated for both Best Picture and the Most Popular starting from 2019 should all things go smoothly.

Now I’m all for recognising more films at the Oscars, but this feels like cop out decision so that the Academy can have its cake and eat it too in regards to recent criticism over how the event snubs big flashy blockbusters in favour of heady drama flicks.

By adding in a Most Popular category, some noted that the Academy has basically created a dumping ground where critically-acclaimed blockbusters can get some of the spotlight while still reserving Best Picture spots for those high-brow films more akin to the Academy voters’ liking.

So I guess this means is awesome blockbusters like Mission Impossible – Fallout and Black Panther are likely to miss out on Best Picture in favour of Most Popular next year, but hey, at least mute sea monster rom-coms and coming-of-age stories that take literally 12 years to make are safe to make the cut.

So basically nothing has changed then.

Sure the last few years has seen some low-earning but well-received movies like The ArtistSpotlight, and Moonlight (not La La Land) win Best Picture, but lest we forget that it wasn’t too long ago when critically-acclaimed, billion-dollar earning blockbusters were winning the Best Picture Oscar regularly.

Have we suddenly forgotten about winners like TitanicThe Lord Of The Rings: Return Of The King, and Gladiator?

At the very least, this means that The Meg is a shoo in for Oscar glory in 2019.

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