Millennials are getting to the point of just not caring about the Oscars anymore, especially when the actors they “stan” get ignored time and again. The appeal of “Hollywood” gets a chip in its foundation every year. This up and coming generation just doesn’t value these fancy trophies like those before they used to. In a time when you can be “known” and monetize anything by your own accord, there is no need to beg for a seat at the table that is this cranky old machine. So, the Oscars and their bland nominations of overhyped movies this year that felt dry and done before isn’t going to keep it’s gold blood pumping.
For people who still prioritize watching the Oscars once every year, this crisp Monday morning might have you in a fit. Every year it is anticipated that the general consensus for what most people agreed upon was a great film with decent acting will get nominated for the oh so distinguished Oscar. But, like every other year the Oscars catch flack for not nominating certain films, or “robbing” beloved actors. When you look at it from the perspective of those who choose the nominees it is a no win situation. If they go with the popular side of things they could be called sellouts. If they choose a movie solely based on the analytical approach of how well it was made, then they’re denying a smash hit the chance of being validated. This trend of mass unrest over who the Oscars picks only really started around 2013. What seems to be happening is “political” leanings start to seep into a very superficial and in many ways not important production like the Oscars.
Some past controversies to hit the Oscars in recent years was iconically when Chris Rock had hosted, and there were no black nominees. It was the era of “ Oscars So White” and it caused such enragement that many Hollywood elite decided to boycott. Chris mentioned in a joke that “ If there had been voting on who could be the host, I wouldn’t have even been first choice. “ You guys would be seeing Neil Patrick Harris right now”. He also made a clever point that turned all the controversy on its head. What Chris said was that there has to have been plenty of years when the Oscar’s had no black nominees, but there were no protests. Why? Because black people had more dire things to worry about, like civil rights. What must be pointed out when dissecting these award shows is that at the end of the day these nominations and wins do not matter. People are out here living tough, along with stressful lives and Leonardo Dicaprio being nominated isn't going to make their life easier.
Now, with the 2020’s nominations, the scandal is the idea of women not getting nominated enough, specifically when it comes to directing. Greta Gerwig not being recognized for “Little Women” as a director has hipsters losing their minds. Also “Us” not being nominated is a great disappoint to many avid moviegoers, specifically Lupita Nyong’o and her portrayal as both Adelaide Wilson, and Red. Jennifer Lopez was also in the mix for her role in “Hustlers”. When it comes to the history of the Academy it seems as if every other year they nominate to the liking of the general public, and then on the reverse nominate to the contrary. This could be a ploy to just garner more attention towards what seems to be turning into a lackluster, boring, as well as dying show. The new generation has fallen out of love with the bourgeois and indoctrinated hierarchy of the Oscars. Being as “go get it” as Millennial culture is, can make it hard to tie someone down to watch anything, let alone a whole production that neglects the movies you actually like.