5 Other Categories The Oscars Should Add
Best Popular Film? Na, we’ve got some better ideas.
This week it was reported that the 2019 Academy Awards Ceremony would include a new voting category, Best Popular Film. This announcement was met with waves of anger and annoyance, certainly not a publicity win for the Oscar’s.
With that in mind, we’ve come up with 5 alternate categories that would make much better additions to the Oscar ceremony.
5. Best Movie Hat
For too long the craft of hatmanship has been denied the respect that it deserves. Hats may well play an element in the Costume Design Award, but we really think that its time the Oscars created a completely seperate award to recognise the highest quality headgear from the past year.
Front-Runners: Ving Rhames (Mission: Impossible – Fallout), Paddington (Paddington 2), Rhianna (Ocean’s 8)
4. The Meryl Streep Award
Lately, the Academy have been falling over themselves, trying to find an excuse to give Meryl Streep more awards and nominations. However, there’s a simple fix to this problem, just give Meryl her own category. That way the academy can make sure she gets nominated every year, but not have her take the spot of more deserving and underrated actresses.
Front-Runners: Meryl Streep (Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again), Meryl Streep (Mary Poppins: Returns), Meryl Streep (Avengers: Infinity War)
3. Best Movie (not film)
Earlier this year, director Steven Speilberg claimed that his newest venture Ready Player One would be, “a movie, not a film”. Whilst the exact meaning of this phrase is up for debate, a separate category solely for movies, not films, could provide a new layer to the Oscars ceremony.
Front-Runners: Ready Player One
2. The “Mr Magorium’s Wonder Emporium” Award for Stupidest Movie Title
I just want to take a second to remind everyone that “Mr Magorium’s Wonder Emporium” is the very real title to a very real movie that actually came out in cinemas. To honour this, why not give an award to the movie title that is the most abhorrent in its stupidity.
Front-Runners: Sherlock Gnomes, Teen Titans Go! To the Movies, Wreck-It Ralph 2: Ralph Breaks the Internet
1. The “Panda” for the Most Pandering Movie
When you get down to the gist of the issue, the real problem with the “most popular film” category is that is an example of pandering too hard to an audience. It’s a move that’s wholly motivated by a desire for more viewers, rather than any sense of integrity of rewarding films based on artistic merit.
Based on this, we think the academy should lean into its pandering tendency, by having a special category for movies that shamelessly try to lure audiences in based on cheap tricks and lazy pandering, rather than by artistic merit.
Note that some of these movies are actually good, despite using easy pandering as part of their strategy.
Front-Runners: Love, Simon, Venom, God’s Not Dead: A Light in Darkness, Truth or Dare, Solo: A Star Wars Story
Got any ideas for what the categories the academy should add?