Oscars are more populist than festivals like Cannes, Venice — hence the Best Popular Film category

Posted on August 16, 2018

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he latest in the “Oscar institutes a Best Popular Film category” row is that the film technicians have weighed in, dismayed that the presentation of some of their categories will not be aired live. The Academy, in its wisdom, has apparently decided that the audience knows (and cares about), say, what Best Cinematography is, but maybe they aren’t really invested in who wins Best Sound Editing. (Besides, how would these proles know the difference between this category and Best Sound Mixing?) A recent IndieWire report quoted a number of anonymous sources, one of whom said, “The inevitable effect will be to make some awards less important than other awards, and these awards will be presented while half the audience is heading for the bar or going to the bathroom. It would be a real shame if the sound categories were included (they probably will be)…”

The complaint is, in one sense, legitimate. As another unnamed person said in that report, “Not one [category] can be removed from the actual process and make the same movie we all cherish. The actor depends on it from the words they say, the clothes they wear, the props and art direction of their environment, the score, sound, and cinematography all of which are made to flesh out the character they are portraying on the screen.” This team-effort aspect of filmmaking is why the Academy calls itself the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Cinema is as much art (Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Director) as science (Best Sound Editing, Best Visual Effects). The anguish is all the greater when you consider that the Oscars are the only awards on the planet – the ones that matter, I mean – that are so inclusive.

The 85th Academy Awards® will air live on Oscar® Sunday, February 24, 2013.

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