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Hot Takes: The Oscars Runtime Conundrum

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I think award shows are dumb at best a lot of the time. People know at this point that most award shows are fixed, and certain people are picked to win based not on the criteria they’re actually up for but personal preference and biases. But sometimes some real deserving people or films win awards, and I would like to think the prestigious academy is getting better about their biases. Not GREAT, but better. It certainly stood as a testament to that fact that Parasite cleaned up at the Oscars last night. 

However, if there is going to be an entire institution based on honoring and awarding actors and filmmakers for their life’s work, at least honor them by letting them finish a damn speech. Yeah, someone drowning on and on can get annoying when watching an award show, but some people enjoy watching these actors share a story about their passion or what they channeled to give their performance, and it’s kind of infuriating when they rush them off the stage with dimming lights and music playing. Let these people stand in their light and stop worrying about the business end of the show running too long.

Last night was a prime example of this, beautifully rectified by some fellow actors. Parasite winning as many Oscars as it did was a huge deal culturally. It was the first non-English speaking film to ever win Best Pictures. The people who worked on that film slaved away to make a film that could resonate around the world even though it was in Korean, and then the academy cut them off. But their fellow actors in the industry weren’t having it, and Tom Hanks and Charlize Theron put up a fuss in the front row, and encouraged others to as well, to make the producers bring the lights back up and let the filmmakers finish their speeches. And they did. It was a beautiful moment, but honestly, one that shouldn’t have happened in the first place. When you allow an entire crew of people up on stage to represent a film, at least give them the respect of having enough time to properly express how they’re feeling.