Another year of Oscars in the books! Sunday was the Academy Awards and if you read my Oscar picks, you already know that I went 18-6! Not bad, right? Coming with the territory, however, were several controversial stories that shared the stage on the Academy’s big night.
Award for worst use of the internet: ABC.go.com
I usually work Sundays, so I can’t watch live shows unless I can find them online. Since this is the year 2014, companies have started to stream big events live. Fox’s broadcast of The Super Bowl, for instance.
In the weeks leading up to Sunday, ABC announced that they would be streaming the whole event live. I was pretty stoked. I went to ABC.Go.com before start time and watched some Red Carpet coverage, and it all seemed to run smoothly. The host announced the start of the show… and then the camera just stayed on the crowd reacting to what I assume are jokes.
I say assume because I can’t hear Ellen. I can hear the previous host comment on her jokes like its Mystery Science Theater, but that wasn’t quite the same. I thought I went to the wrong place, so I refreshed the page and was blocked out. Did ABC not think a bunch of people were going to view this online?
I did some detective work and found out that people could only stream The Academy Awards under certain cable providers in New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Houston, Raleigh-Durham and Fresno. What year is this where a stream is only in eight cities? It’s not even eight “major” cities. I mean, Raleigh-Durham? Fresno?
I spent the next hour trying to find something passable and nothing could be found. So, I’ve only seen the show in clips when all I wanted to do was watch there dumb, goofy show!
Thanks ABC, instead of the Academy Award, you get the even more useless Spoiler Alert Razzie.
Surprise: The Academy is Voted by Mostly Old White Men.
This story pops up every year after the Oscars. Usually when a genre film isn’t nominated or doesn’t get any awards. People get up in arms about why their favorite film didn’t win. A surprise to no one is that the Oscar voting board is made up of old, white men.
According to The Atlantic, voters are 94 percent white, 76 percent men, and on average are 63 Years Old. That’s explains why a lot of the films win, right?
It’s even more suspicious when The Hollywood Reporter runs a story quoting anonymous Oscar voters as they reflect their biases as to why they didn’t vote for — or even watch — certain films. It’s hard not to take this personally. Some films affect people emotionally, and as fans of films, people want to see good work recognized.
A friend of mine, an animator, took it personally when these voters ragged on animation as something for kids. One voter said “I have seen none of them. I have no interest whatsoever. That ended when I was 6. My son dragged me to a few when he was 6; I would seat him and go outside and make phone calls.”
That’s just one of many dumb statements that were said in this article. Unfortunately, while the majority is of a certain gender, race, and age, this sentiment will likely continue. We can wish for a change, but since you can only be voted in as a member by current members, the good old boys club will continue.
Ellen’s “Selfie” was a paid advertisement.
During the telecast, Ellen went into the crowed and took a “selfie” featuring herself alongside Jared Leto, Jennifer Laurence, Brad Pitt and many others. It was a pretty fun moment and went to become the most retweeted post in the history of Twitter with over 3 million retweets.
Again, fun right?
Well, that really spontaneous moment was all planned. In fact, Samsung, the phone that Ellen was using, paid $20 million to make the moment happen. There was video earlier that day showing Ellen playing out the moment so everything would turn out flawlessly.
I’m not really mad about the moment itself. The entire show is just one gigantic commercial for the films that are nominated. What I’m a little peeved about is how many people don’t know it was all planned. I mean, I feel like I know when I’m seeing an ad, but I’ve had several people come to me talking about how organic it was.
How many people do you know that thought the video of the Hoverboard that came out last week was a real thing? I knew a few. It’s just disappointing.
Jared Leto’s Speech.
I haven’t seen Dallas Buyers Club so I can’t speak about his lack of thanking the trans community in his speech. I’m just not qualified for it.
The other thing that ruffled people’s dander was him thanking his brother — not just for being his brother, but for being part of Leto’s band, 30 Seconds to Mars.
People found that him talking about his band was advertising it and wasn’t the place to mention it. I really didn’t see a problem with it. I think that if he said, “and I would like to thank my brother and bandmate of 30 Seconds to Mars, who’s new album is out this week,” he would have came off more like a shill.
I mean, it wasn’t as self-congratulatory as Matthew McConaughey’s speech.
All in all, this year’s Academy Awards Show had it’s ups and downs from what it seemed like, but it sure seemed like your typical Oscars. Now, let’s get the champagne started early for “The Lego Movie” to win Best Picture.
Because that would be awesome.