Perspective on Award Shows

Awards Season

Image by : Alex Hadden

Text by : Alex Hadden

February 28, 2014

In theory, award shows exist to award the best of the best in a given industry. To show the world which works of art deserve the attention of the general public. There are a plethora of different awards shows, from the Oscars to the Razzies to the Kids Choice Awards. They all have varying quirks that differentiate them from each other and give them their own flare.

Its seems that the general public is unaware that all of these Award Shows are picked in very different ways, but the public often holds them in the same regards. The Golden Globes are chosen by the Hollywood Foreign Press – a select group of reporters. The Grammys are chosen by industry professionals, but musicians themselves don’t carry enough weight to make a difference. The Oscar is, for the most part, chosen by peers in the industry.

This is my favorite way of choosing the winners. While it is not without its faults and drawbacks, it allows the industry as a whole to pick who they believe to be the best in the biz. First, the different guilds get to choose the nominees for the various awards and then the general Academy population gets to choose the eventual winners. This system isn’t perfect and mistakes are made, but some of the best and most classic films have won Oscars.

The best way to think about award shows, regardless of how they are chosen, is as a jumping off point to a certain industry. Regardless of who is choosing the winners, viewers should keep and open mind and know who is choosing the awards. If you know who is choosing them, then you can make informed decisions about who the winners won and why. From there, you can traverse the rest of the industry and go deeper to discover better and more nuanced artists, films, music, shows, etc. that the established people in a given industry may have overlooked. Keeping an informed and open mind will lead to more satisfaction. Don’t overlook the establishment just because they are “the man” – use your own perspective to add to the conversation and change what the general public thinks.