Seth Rogen Wonders If the General Public Cares about the Academy Awards

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Does anyone outside of Hollywood care about the Academy Awards? 

I love awards season. There's a fun part of Hollywood where you get to see your favorite movies get accolades, feel righteous indignation for the snubs, and bet on the outcome. But one thing I've noticed is that, lately, no one else cares. I used to see my family crowding around the TV to watch, but in the last decade they have seen none of the movies, and don't even tune in. 

In fact, last year only around 10 million people watched the Academy Awards live. Down 50% from the year before! 

Speaking to Insider, actor/director/writer Seth Rogen mentioned that society might have moved on from the Academy Awards.

He said, “I don’t get why movie people care so much if other people care what awards we give ourselves. To me, maybe people just don’t care. I don’t care who wins the automobile awards. No other industry expects everyone to care about what awards they shower upon themselves. Maybe people just don’t care. Maybe they did for a while and they stopped caring. And why should they?”

He has a point. As aspiring creators of movies and TV, we care a lot about who gets nominated and why. But if you had no interest in the industry, it seems like most people have moved on from the Academy Awards.

There are lots of reasons for this. Films have generally been overshadowed by TV as of late, and the Academy usually fails to nominate movies that a lot of people have seen. But should we care? The answer is no.

The Academy Awards being on TV was done just for ratings. If ABC wanted to drop them, someone else or a streamer would pick up the broadcast. I'll watch them no matter what. And I think publicists and agents will still use nominations as a way to get quotes higher and advertise films. 

But in terms of the general public, I think we should stop trying to pander to them with awards for popular movies or adding categories that don't matter to appease them. We should add a "stunts" category, but that's another article. The awards are for people in our industry, and maybe that's all that matters. 

Let us know what you think in the comments.      

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Yeah that's it. smh

It wouldn't be a bunch of self-righteousness types scolding fifty percent of their audience because of their political views. Couldn't be that!

February 10, 2022 at 12:31PM

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Even if American movies did "self-righteously scold" a portion of the American audience (more like 30% than 50%), they're poorly done. American movies are full of too much CG, too much dialogue, too much plot, too little character development and are frantically edited. They're just…bad. I think we've also gotten to the point in film history in which the audience has seen it all and nothing is new. No more surprises, no more movie magic. Maybe the art form has run its course.

February 10, 2022 at 1:32PM

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We're talking about an awards show, but I get your point. Remakes, reboots, and unoriginal movies are a problem...at least for me.

February 11, 2022 at 6:15AM

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We can't help it that rightwingers don't have enough imagination or talent to make good movies.
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February 10, 2022 at 5:27PM

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Totally missing my point. I don't care about their politics and I don't care to be preached at an awards show for movies. I also don't get alienating a big portion of your potential audience. Makes no sense.

Thanks for playing though. ;)

February 11, 2022 at 6:17AM

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In my humble opinion, audiences have gotten much smarter and probably feel they can judge for themselves whether they like a movie or not. Each year, it seems more and more that the movies that audiences flock to see are rarely the movies that get chosen for the Academy. Rightly or wrongly, what gets labeled as "best" these days rarely has any correlation to what audiences are actually interested in watching. That's not to say the Academy isn't picking great works of art, but if you want to know why the audience doesn't care, maybe they're just not as interested in your opinion anymore.

I suppose one thing they might consider is awarding movies and artists who are the "most groundbreaking" or something like that. I think the Academy should really be awarding artists who are doing new, risky, and exciting things with the medium that haven't been seen before. That might be something the audience is genuinely curious about.

February 10, 2022 at 3:30PM

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Dale Raphael Goldberg
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Stunts should 100% be awarded...and a few other categories should return
- Best Unique and Artistic Picture - Where did all the strange films go? Film is an artistic medium and that part should be celebrated more.
- Best Comedy Picture - Comedy is so overlooked and it seems like less of them are being made.

February 10, 2022 at 3:36PM

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urban revolution
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the awards, just like all the BS awards like golden globes, emmys, ASC, and ICG should be thrown in the trash. It's dumb, it's been dumb for a long time. Just people stroking their own egos. The fact that they act woke is also disgusting and hypocritical. In real life, these people really aren't....at all... they just don't want to be canceled. not trying to be a right winger here. As it is that's another group with their heads up their own....

Creating and doing a good job should be enough. In fact, if you can actually make money making films, then congratulations, you made it. Don't be one of those people that do it for awards. I don't think Davinci made art to win an award.

February 11, 2022 at 12:28AM, Edited February 11, 12:28AM

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Watching grownups running after prizes like little kids is funny though.

February 11, 2022 at 8:38AM

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JoachimV
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The Oscars have lowered their audience because they began to shoot themselves in the foot. Rewarding movies like Rome just to favor a certain community (a very boring movie by the way) and making policies of inclusion and activism by certain groups in their awards has made them lose interest and cause discomfort and discomfort. People are not stupid and they know when a movie is good, rewarding only to favor certain groups was also the death of this Award. my two cents!

February 12, 2022 at 5:24PM

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Carlos Hugo Vaca
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Roma, whatever was politically oriented or not, does not deserve an award. A very boring film. Sure you can make a movie about the life of a cleaning lady or servant that ENTERTAIN, and that doesn’t mean it has to be light. Many recent movies are little original and boring, boring, boring…

February 14, 2022 at 1:03AM

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Javier Diez
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For what it's worth, I loved Roma. I saw it as a deeply personal film that took me to another place. For me it was movie magic. It felt like I was an experience richer afterwards.

The Oscars on the other hands; it feels like they are stuck in the past. I do not know how they can reinvent themselves.

February 15, 2022 at 4:52PM

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Lotsa reasons posited here but, for me, it's all about the politicization. Failure to stick to business makes the awards quite meaningless as the focus is "elsewhere" so I gave up on them a while ago. As for certain comments about talent, well, there may well be a discriminatory factor at work - one need look no further than the difficulty non-left, non-lib actors have getting roles for proof. BTW, double ditto for the NFL and the rest. No, I don't care because you've chosen to go a route that has nothing to do with what is supposedly the purpose of it all be it movie awards or football games. So enjoy in the quite of your own private auditorium or stadium.

February 17, 2022 at 11:04AM

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The real show is out front on the red carpet.

February 17, 2022 at 6:13PM

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Dave Palmer
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