On March 27, I was surprised to learn that the Oscars would be that night. I was even more surprised to learn that the Grammys would be a week later, but I could care less, an opinion that many share. So, how have some of the most prestigious awards shows in the world, that recognize some of the best artistry of each year, become a joke? When you hear, “the Oscars,” you probably think of the outfits or the infamous slap, but how many people talk about the awards themselves? Today, these awards shows have become more about the glamor and less about the artistry it is meant to award.
The Oscars are meant to showcase movies that are more artistic and classical, a genre of movie which has become less popularized. When looking at the ten best picture nominees, there is an obvious pattern of artsy, classical, and more visually appealing movies with big names such as “The Power of the Dog,” “King Richard,” and “Dune.” However, Dune, out of all ten nominees, was the only one of these movies to make over 40 million dollars at the domestic box office.
The movies that The Oscars award are not sharing similarities to what the common interest is, but why? There has been an overall decline of in-theater viewing with the rise of cable TV and streaming services. The globalization of Hollywood has also changed which movies can be made. Creating content that can be enjoyed by the greater population means less cultural specificities. Writing a storyline that can be appreciated by more audiences is preferable rather than a complex one similar to some of the coming-of-age one’s the Oscars nominate.
The internet has made entertainment more personal, lessening the need for communal watching when more remote viewing is preferable and easier. Special effects have allowed once unfilmable stories to be made, birthing a new genre with a new form of cinematography. This has prompted Hollywood to create more action films like superhero movies. They also create more content for streaming services as the internet continues to replace the entertainment that movies once provided to teenagers, young adults, and even older generations. Rather than understanding the changes in the film industry, the Oscars have decided to continue to promote dying genres.
The Grammys is also known for its inconsistent share of opinions with the public, although this is for a different reason than with the Oscars. There have been claims that artists who have good relationships with board members get nominations even if they are at the bottom of the 20-artist list. There is a bias based on gender with only 9.3% of nominees from 2013 to 2018 being women.
According to “The Week,” black artists have also struggled being nominated in certain categories, specifically in pop, a genre that is usually dominated by white artists. This lack in diversity makes it more difficult for large audiences to enjoy The Grammy’s when their favorite artists are not recognized, despite being just as or even more talented than some nominees.
The Oscars and The Grammys are not in danger of being canceled as millions still watch these programs. However, the younger generations’ disinterest is becoming more prominent, worrying to the shows.