Letter: Make predictions, not complaints

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  • SEY Sandy, UT
    March 6, 2014 1:28 p.m.

    I have to agree with Chris Hicks. David Edelstein, a nationally renowned film critic, is another who expressed similar views. He said the best films and performances were not even represented among the Oscar nominations. The main factor in winning an Oscar is, in far too many cases, the behind-the-scenes campaigning with which voters are assaulted. "12 Years a Slave", for instance was a shoe-in, not because the Academy loved it (a common complaint is that it's "torturous" to watch), but "because Hollywood wants the world to know that it takes slavery very, very seriously." Matthew Mcconaughey, he predicted, would win best actor because (a) he lost a ton of weight and (b) he is "spectacular" in his current role in the "True Detective" series on HBO.

    So many will win based on sympathy rather than actual merit. The Oscars are NOT a measure of cinematic greatness. In his words, "It's a game, a sport." Treat it as such in your office pools or in Las Vegas. Then and only then will you enjoy it for what it is.

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    March 6, 2014 10:18 a.m.

    Awards shows and other network 'live' programming like sporting events always look fantastic on 1080 resolution off the air tv. I'll put stuff on in the background just for that reason alone.

  • happy2bhere clearfield, UT
    March 6, 2014 7:03 a.m.

    You might enjoy the Oscars Steve, but in about a week no one even remembers who won. Most women watch to see what the actresses are wearing. I only watched when Billy Crystal was host when he did those brilliant openings, with him in the nominated movies. No host has even come close to matching that since. As for the Oscars themselves, if I were in the movies, the only award show that I think I'd care about is the Peoples Choice Awards. Those are who matter, the public. Without their approval, your movie, or TV show, flops. The Oscars are about 6000 or so people in the industry, many of whom don't even see the movies, and sometimes give their vote to their housekeeper to make. Yes it is a glitzy glamorous production, but in the end rather meaningless. Just a big Hollywood pat on the back for being rich and successful.