Wednesday 13 December 2017

James Dempsey: Why ageing and jaded Academy grandees keep giving Oscars to the wrong movies

The final touches being put in place outside the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood where the Oscars will take place this weekend
The final touches being put in place outside the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood where the Oscars will take place this weekend

THIS Sunday evening, dazzled by the burst of paparazzi bulbs and lulled by the pleading calls of entertainment correspondents, poised to pry with who-are-you-wearing wonder for polished sound bites beamed live across the globe, the stars of Hollywood will make their 500ft pilgrimage down the red carpet towards a theatre named after a bankrupt corporation.

If this year’s Academy Awards have failed to conjure up the same glamour and cultural significance as was traditionally observed, the 5783 Oscar-voters only have themselves to blame. In an industry where one of the most significant demographics is made up of teenage girls, an organisation where the average member is a white male pensioner looks ever more out of touch.



For years they have awarded unworthy winners, overlooking and snubbing anything controversial or, even worse, comedic. Increasingly at odds with popular opinion, yet always craving the media-savvy youth market, the Academy Awards are ensnared by the entrenched rivalry of the studio voting blocks and a recurring need to play it safe.

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