Blog: Awards season is off to a bad start


The awards season is easily my favorite time of the year. For movies, that’s the time between December and March when the Golden Globes, Screen Actors Guild Awards and, finally, the Oscars occurs. Forget Christmas and birthdays, this is my favorite time.

I will be the first to admit that I am an obnoxious cinephile, or a person with a passionate interest in cinema. I tend to deem certain movies as too mindless for my taste (cough, “Dumb and Dumber To,” cough). Awards shows are the perfect opportunity to reward the best of the best in terms of movies, TV shows and music (though I tend to lean towards the movie/TV side).

I know what you’re thinking: “Where is the amazing commentary on the current feminist issues that I have come accustomed to over the past couple months?” Not to worry, that will continue. But in the months to come, I may need a break from gender injustices, and instead focus on the snubs that occurred at, say, the Golden Globes.

Movie awards season has just begun with the Hollywood Film Awards. At least that is what CBS told me. And it was awkward.

It should be said that ABC, NBC, MTV, and even TBS own the most-watched awards shows. CBS has the People Choice Awards, which has moderate ratings, but not much else. And they are supposed to be the number one cable television network. The Hollywood Film Awards have only been around for 16 years, and it usually isn’t aired on national television. The Hollywood Film Awards was supposed to be the solution to CBS’s problem when it aired this past Friday. This was not the case. What was supposed to be the first steps in creating a new and esteemed award show ended up being a night filled with unfunny jokes and a stilted schedule. I bailed before the drunken Johnny Depp speech, but I heard it caused quite a stir.

What CBS should have known was that one couldn’t simply add an award show and expect it to mean anything in the long run. When the Oscars roll around in March and a winner is announced, no analyst is going to think back to the Hollywood Film Awards and think that was when the win was clinched. The entire night didn’t feel like anyone was actually winning, but being honored, and the elimination of the former element takes away from the competition of the awards season.

It was incredibly disheartening for me to watch this event. The rush I feel when I watch awards shows was gone. I have to wait until Sunday, Jan. 11, 2015, for the Golden Globes to feel this rush again.

Maybe feminism is easier to write about.

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