By Levi Gardner, Freya Simpson and Annie Sockett
Are the Oscars still relevant? This depends on whom you ask; if you ask an avid film fan, they will reply “yes”, whereas someone who doesn’t have the interest will be indifferent or simply say “no”.
The reason for the Oscars’ irrelevance may derive from people simply not caring what awards their favourite films won.
Or the fact it used to be a symbol for white dominance many decades ago, where minorities achieving anything was immediately stamped down and snubbed. Which, when explained, leaves a bad taste in the mouth when viewing the Oscars.
Of course, the Oscars exist to reward many facets of a film’s production, as anything from an outstanding actor to production design can win an Oscar.
Many of the points that people bring up when challenging the Oscars’ relevance is focused on the racial and ethnic representations and usually lack thereof.
If the Oscars want to be more relevant for the general public, they need to take into account the opinions of normal moviegoers and the representations of their cultures and ethnicities, rather than just the economic success of the movies nominated.
“We made a film about a gay man, an immigrant, who lived his life just unapologetically himself, and the fact that I’m celebrating him and this story with you tonight is proof that we’re longing for stories like this.”
said Rami Malek, an American actor raised by Egyptian immigrant parents, who won for best actor for ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’.