I hate the Oscars for a variety of reasons, but last night we got more proof about how little respect and decision making actually goes into things. Frozen, as you might know by now, won “Best Animated Picture.” But what you may not know is that only some the people voting had actually SEEN the movie, or for that matter, ANY of the animated films listed in the Best Animated Picture category.
The Hollywood Reporter was able to get a few quotes from academy members who were voting for various categories (specifically best animated) and here are some of the results:
1. I have seen none of them. I have no interest whatsoever. That ended when I was 6. My son dragged me to a few when he was 6; I would seat him and go outside and make phone calls. My pick: I abstain.
2. I thought Frozen was amazing, and my personal favorite was Despicable Me 2, but I didn’t see all of the nominees, so I didn’t vote. My Pick: I abstained.
3. I don’t see much of a contest here. Frozen is intelligent, empowering, and inspiring. My pick: Frozen.
4. I voted for Frozen and none of the others were even in the discussion. Honestly, if they did not have the animated category, Frozen would have easily gotten a best picture nomination. It just delivered. My pick: Frozen.
5. I like them all about the same, so I decided not to vote. My pick: I abstain.
6. I agree with everyone else, Frozen was a very special film. My pick: Frozen.
7. I did not see all the nominees. My pick: I abstain.
The worse is clearly the first guy who pretty much embodies everything American animators hate about the industry. It’s no secret that here in America, animation is seen as a child’s thing and is usually not taken seriously, despite all evidence to the contrary. To see such a nasty remark against all the animated films up for nomination only goes to remind us that while animation has made progress in America over the years, we’ve still got a LONG way to go before it’s recognized as a legitimate medium.
But I think what’s even more telling, and more disappointing, is how only a select few had actually SEEN the movies that were being nominated. Most seem to just abstain from voting because they hadn’t seen anything, or voted for Frozen because it was the one they knew the best out of all of them.
It’s pretty depressing to see this because, while I do feel that Frozen deserved to win something, this inside look into the inner workings of the Academy makes me feel cheated. It feels like there’s no effort put in at all on who does or doesn’t win, and for such a big award ceremony that is suppose to be so significant, it severely taints the message they are trying so hard to convey.
Worse still it’s quite a slap to the face of all the other animated films who should be recognized for their hard work. The Croods in particular is an amazingly fun movie with a strong moral message and extremely unique character designs. All of those other animated films worked so hard and they don’t even get mentioned because Disney was able to promote the hell out of Frozen. That’s so very sad.
Once again, I am happy that Frozen won. I just wish I didn’t know how the inner workings of how the Oscars select their winners actually worked. It pisses me off and depresses me that so many people even in the year 2014 don’t appreciate animation as a legitimate art form.
Fuck the Oscars.