Monday, February 29, 2016

Why I No Longer Watch The Academy Awards~

It has been several years since I’ve had any interest in watching the televised extravaganza that is the Oscars primarily because 1) the telecast is boring; 2) I haven’t seen and do not plan to watch most of the nominated movies; 3) I am completely turned off by actors espousing political agendas during an entertainment program; 4) movies people actually pay to go see in a theater are rarely nominated; and 5) premium television has made Hollywood movies almost obsolete.

HBO, Showtime, AMC, Starz and FX create premium television shows that are better than what Hollywood churns out; and I can watch Game if Thrones, Homeland, Billions, or The Walking Dead at home on my large screen TV with surround sound in a comfortable chair with the fire place providing ambiance and warmth as I sip a lovely glass of wine.

In the last year I have gone to a theater to watch a movie twice. We saw Spectre and Star Wars.  My spousal unit went to the theater to see The Martian. I didn’t. The cost to see Star Wars in 3D at an IMAX theater was $42 for two of us without popcorn.  It was entertaining, but I would not do that again.

We did watch Bridge of Spies and Spotlight on pay-per-view at a cost of $5.99 each. While I thought both movies were well done, I do not care to see either film again and I certainly will not pay to see them again.

With the exception of The Revenant, I have no desire to see any of the other nominated films either in the theater or on pay-per-view. Perhaps, if there is nothing else on television such as reruns of Fixer Upper, Flip Or Flop or Love It Or List It after the films are released to HBO, we might watch one of the other films.

The last winner of Best Picture that I’ve had any desire to watch a second time is the 2002 winner Chicago. Prior to that – Titanic in 1997, Braveheart in 1995, then back to the 80’s for Platoon, Out of Africa and Terms of Endearment. That is not a stellar track record in my book.

So during the broadcast of the Academy Awards on Sunday night, we ate pizza, Todd calibrated his telescope, and I read a book. I didn’t even check to see who won this morning.  
I prefer this Oscar!

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