By Mike Sessions |Staff Writer|
This is the season of winners, and the time for reflection of the world’s more recent classics… or not.
In case you’re wondering what I’m talking about, it is award season now, the 70th Golden Globe Awards have already taken place mid-January, and both the Grammys and Academy Awards coming up in February.
Film directors, producers, actors, rappers, comedians, etc. are all coming together around this time to be honored and awarded for their memorable year in their respective arts.
However, people are beginning to ask: are big time award shows entertaining or just flat out overrated?
“They are overrated. I think they’re for celebrities to spend a lot of money, and show off their stuff,” said student Giselle Blanco.
It is no question that the red carpet serves as one of the highlight features of televised award shows, with clothing line designers being able to receive recognition or exposure that they may not have been able to get elsewhere.
The photo snapping by paparazzi is ongoing, journalists are jotting down notes to present to their respective magazines.
What about the nominees and the show itself? Are the entertainers at all concerned with winning the awards?
For some artists, it may be to sharpen their brand or boost their prestige in terms of relevance for whatever they’re known for.
According to Forbes, music producer Jim Jonsin’s production fee increased by 90 percent after producing Lil Wayne’s, “Lollipop” in 2008, and winning a Grammy for it, and David Banner’s production fee increased by a whopping 100 percent.
For some, it may be to show off the latest design of clothing, but for others, it may be to catch that lucky break.
Every year, criticism is aimed towards these big time award shows after a winner is announced, leaving some fans annoyed that their favorite artist didn’t win, or bloggers hinting at the shows are being rigged.
Tyler Tankxley, a member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. said, “I feel like it’s nothing but a popularity contest. Sometimes some of the entertainers don’t get the credit that they deserve, and some get too much credit.”
The Academy Awards will be presenting their 85th annual ceremony to revisit some of the well-developed films of the last year on Feb. 25. Considered one of the more prominent award shows, not everyone finds them exactly entertaining.
“I feel like it’s boring, it’s nothing like the MTV Awards,” says student Erica Idowu. “I’d rather read a book than watch one of the shows.”
You heard it first. She’d rather read a book than watch one of the award shows.
Maybe the directors or producers of these award shows will catch on to this type of feedback, if they haven’t already. The shows garner plenty of attention from around the world, but it can be only a matter of time before people slowly start drifting away.