Sunday, April 21, 2013

Awards Disparity

"And the Academy Award goes to..." since I was five years old, I have watched this annual celebration of style, grace and glamour. The Red Carpet, has always been the most interesting part of the show, but while the 'show' reveals the best in Hollywood, none of the top films are recognized.

Here is a list of the top 20 movies of all time, courtesy The-Numbers.

Rank
Year
Name
Total Box 
Office
Oscar Wins
12009Avatar$760.5M3-Art/Cinema/VFx
21997Titanic$658.6M11-Picture/Director
32012Marvel's The Avengers$623.2M0
42008The Dark Knight$533.3M2-Sound/Actor Suport
51999Star Wars Ep. I:
The Phantom Menace
$474.5M0
61977Star Wars Ep. IV:
A New Hope
$460.9M6-Set/Costume/VFx
72012The Dark Knight Rises $448.1M0
82004Shrek 2 $441.2M0
91982 ET: The Extra-Terrestrial $435.1M4-Sound/VFx/Score
102006Pirates of the Caribbean:
Dead Man's Chest
$423.3M1-VFx
111994  The Lion King $422.7M2-Score/Song
122010  Toy Story 3 $415.0M2-Song/Animated
132012  The Hunger Games$408.0M0
142002  Spider-Man $403.7M0
152009  Transformers:
Revenge of the Fallen
$402.1M0
161993  Jurassic Park $384.7M3-Sound/VFx
172011  Harry Potter and the
Deathly Hallows: Part II
$381.0M0
182003  Finding Nemo $380.5M1-Animated
192005  Star Wars Ep. III:
Revenge of the Sith
$380.2M0
202003  The Lord of the Rings:
The Return of the King
$377.8M11-Picture/Director

Out of this list of 20 films 3 are not considered Genre. Of the remaining 17, 9 didn't get a single award from the Academy of Arts and Sciences. In this list of 20 films only 2 received top honors of Best Picture and Best Director, so what relevance does the top awards show have on the world of film?

This year's Best Picture winner, Argo, was beaten at the Box-Office by 24 other films, 15 of which were Genre films. When Science Fiction and Fantasy create the best selling books and movies, why do we hand awards to products that generate 1/6th the sales? Like literary works the biggest awards go to obscure performances, not the best performing categories.

We need to look at other awards such as the Hugo and Saturn Awards for our brand of entertainment awards. Maybe we need a new presentation show, with the sparkle of the MTV Video Awards, but with a larger television audience than the obscure Spike TV Scream Awards

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