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C'mon People: Have You Had It With These Award Shows Yet?

3 years agoby: Droz

This recent Emmy awards was probably the only time I can recall that the winners were just as befuddled by their wins as the people watching. It's difficult to understand how these various associations and foundations make their decisions sometimes. One would think that people who make the choices in awards for TV, or movies, or music, would have a pretty well rounded understanding about the field for which they're awarding prizes. You'd also expect that they'd have a good grasp on who was excelling in their field that year, and as a result, who deserves awards in the various categories they judge. Lately it seems like just the opposite of all that is true. These award shows are starting to resemble a corporate sponsored rigged game, with winners chosen from whomever lobbied the hardest or were simply the most recognizable or agreeable name on a list. They certainly don't seem interested in awarding people who have excelled the most. Or at least, they aren't making that important distinction the foremost aspect of their decision-making process.

That's assuming they actually utilize some kind of decision-making process. It wouldn't surprise me at all if they were just scrolling down a list until they find a name they recognized. How else does John Cryer keep winning awards for the abomination that is Two and a Half Men and inspired shows like Parks and Recreation receive absolutely zero recognition for anything? How does a guy who never says a word in the whole movie, beat out George Clooney for Best Actor in one of his most inspired performances? And how the hell do these inane piles of pop music shit make it to the Grammy's or the MTV Music Awards, while great bands with groundbreaking music languish in obscurity?

I don't know, am I being a snob? Is Homeland really better in pretty much every category it was nominated in than shows like Mad Men, or Breaking Bad, or Boardwalk Empire? Yes, it is a good show. Worthy of a near sweep though? Same thing with THE ARTIST. Certainly a big favorite of many a critic. Featured on lots of "Best Of" lists last year. Was it really the best though? And is it really fair that the movies that release during the so called Oscar season take the lion's share of nominations? Aren't they forgetting about the previous eleven months worth of movies? I wont even begin to try to weed through all the mess of record company promoted ear fungus that commonly take home statues at the various music awards.

I'm not going to get bogged down in personal preference here. Maybe you liked all those winners, maybe you didn't. If you're like me and find yourself disagreeing with how these people handle their award distribution, then you're probably somewhat curious about who does the nominating and voting? Do they have any business in that capacity? Most of these awarding academies tend to keep their membership a secret. Which means that it could be just about anyone deciding the fate of your favorite actor, movie, show, or band. Whoever they are, they seem to be the ones with enough free time to go through the whole nomination and evaluation process, which for some awards, is fairly lengthy. In other words, probably not the folks with a lot of gigs on the horizon. Does it sound like a good idea that those in less demand decide who deserves the prizes?

Also, it's unlikely that everyone voting in these various Academies has seen or heard the entirety of everything they vote on. They're probably not sitting around all day, flipping channels and filling up their DVRs with every show on TV (although someone who touts themselves as worthy of voting on the best of TV should probably be doing just that kind of thing). Depending on the medium, getting a complete familiarity with an unknown production could take several hours. So what they probably all saw or heard was some kind of digest, the best moments of a TV show and whatnot. Does that sound like a reasonable way to get informed about things you've never seen? Could one ever be up to speed with an entire TV show's storyline by viewing a few scenes out of context?

I also have to wonder about how pure these votes are. There's a lot of money and clout riding on who takes home their little gold statue. Winners of an Oscar or a Grammy or an Emmy can parlay that into more work, more albums, more seasons for their show. And since everybody knows everybody in Hollywood, how do we know a judge with connections, or desiring connections, isn't biased in their vote? Or maybe they're just lazy. They've seen the Daily Show, they like John Stewart and political comedy, so they nominate it 10 years in a row, just for brevity's sake.

Clearly what we're dealing with here is an inexact science. It was always going to be, considering that it's all riding on the opinion and personal preference of a select group of individuals. The entire concept of voting and nominating people for anything is all about bias for one person over another. And as such, these nominations are always going to provoke rebuke and resentment from people who disagree with them. Still, some resentments are more deserving than others.

Many more things seem to be entering into these Academies' voting processes than the pure desire to seek out the best of the best. I'm sure there are bylaws that instruct AMPAAS and ATASF members to keep unreasonable influences out of their voting processes. In the light of all that rides on these awards, those are probably very difficult rules to abide by, not to mention enforce. As they say, this isn't business - it's show business. And folks in show business tend to make up the rules as they go. I certainly hope none of this corruption is taking place. I'd like to believe the best man, so to speak, will always take home the prize. Yet, the repeated nominations and awards going to academy darlings and back-to-back-to-back wins of the same shows year after year, leads me to believe that some compromise of the system is taking place. They would do well to make every effort to minimize this from now on. Any more of this overt favoritism and these Academies will completely erode away what little interest remains in who they think was best at anything.

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6:29AM on 11/18/2012
I AGREE WITH THIS ARTICE 110%! These award shows are a complete popular contest...The voting process has been going down hill for some time now. The deserving actors and singers are being shoved to the waste side more and more. What gets me is the most of the viewers at home could probably vote better then the acutal voting commitee...sort of.
What gets me is the wrong people, movies and music wins awards and therefore gets more attention and the REAL good material is cast aside and doesnt
I AGREE WITH THIS ARTICE 110%! These award shows are a complete popular contest...The voting process has been going down hill for some time now. The deserving actors and singers are being shoved to the waste side more and more. What gets me is the most of the viewers at home could probably vote better then the acutal voting commitee...sort of.
What gets me is the wrong people, movies and music wins awards and therefore gets more attention and the REAL good material is cast aside and doesnt get the attention it deserves.
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2:57AM on 10/02/2012
Good to see Movie Hotties branching out into other territories, I like T & A as much as the next fella but I REALLY like it when someone echoes the same feelings I have on the entertainment industry. Award shows have lately been terrible, especially when there is legitimate great shows, movies and music being made that does not get it's due. Couldn't agree more with this article. Damian Lewis is a fine actor but he aint no Bryan Cranston, Jon Hamm or Steve Buscemi.
Good to see Movie Hotties branching out into other territories, I like T & A as much as the next fella but I REALLY like it when someone echoes the same feelings I have on the entertainment industry. Award shows have lately been terrible, especially when there is legitimate great shows, movies and music being made that does not get it's due. Couldn't agree more with this article. Damian Lewis is a fine actor but he aint no Bryan Cranston, Jon Hamm or Steve Buscemi.
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3:14PM on 09/29/2012
Your initial argument goes out the window though with the win of Damien Lewis in Homeland. He isnt a recognizable name, yet he won for best actor in a drama. So obviously they dont scroll down a list until they find a recognizable name. And I also dont like this argument very much because th ebiggest complaint about award shows is that they are stale and the winners are always so predictable. So now, you are saying that even if they arent predictable and they have some surprises, you still will
Your initial argument goes out the window though with the win of Damien Lewis in Homeland. He isnt a recognizable name, yet he won for best actor in a drama. So obviously they dont scroll down a list until they find a recognizable name. And I also dont like this argument very much because th ebiggest complaint about award shows is that they are stale and the winners are always so predictable. So now, you are saying that even if they arent predictable and they have some surprises, you still will complain??
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10:18PM on 09/28/2012

Homeland: Most Mediocre Show On Cable.

With the exception of Mandy Patkin; after going through the painstaking process of watching a show that boasts a HORRIBLE supporting cast (beginning to think Bacarin is better utilized in the Whedonverse), 2 incredibly unlikable leads (Lewis is still a good actor though), a dreadfully slow build up concluding with an ABSOLUTELY PREDICTABLE ending...oh yeah, no question: Homeland blows. Can't believe this garbage came from the executive producer of 24, let alone swept the Emmys.
With the exception of Mandy Patkin; after going through the painstaking process of watching a show that boasts a HORRIBLE supporting cast (beginning to think Bacarin is better utilized in the Whedonverse), 2 incredibly unlikable leads (Lewis is still a good actor though), a dreadfully slow build up concluding with an ABSOLUTELY PREDICTABLE ending...oh yeah, no question: Homeland blows. Can't believe this garbage came from the executive producer of 24, let alone swept the Emmys.
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7:28PM on 09/28/2012
I can't hate on award shows for the simple fact that I don't watch them! I've never based my decision to watch a TV or movie on what it has been nominated for or won. The way I see it, the 'anonymous' people voting on these award shows probably wouldn't agree with my taste in TV/Movies anyways.
I can't hate on award shows for the simple fact that I don't watch them! I've never based my decision to watch a TV or movie on what it has been nominated for or won. The way I see it, the 'anonymous' people voting on these award shows probably wouldn't agree with my taste in TV/Movies anyways.
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3:02PM on 09/28/2012
First, it's not like Bryan Cranston doesn't have plenty of Emmys already. And while I don't usually pay attention to awards shows, I do still watch the Oscars. And when I do, I watch to see if my predictions pan out. I was surprised as hell by Meryl Streep's win, but otherwise, not really. It's clearly put on by Hollywood for Hollywood. And I think "The Artist" did so well because it was the only thing up there made by outsiders. Look at Best Musical Score, and I'm pretty sure all the other
First, it's not like Bryan Cranston doesn't have plenty of Emmys already. And while I don't usually pay attention to awards shows, I do still watch the Oscars. And when I do, I watch to see if my predictions pan out. I was surprised as hell by Meryl Streep's win, but otherwise, not really. It's clearly put on by Hollywood for Hollywood. And I think "The Artist" did so well because it was the only thing up there made by outsiders. Look at Best Musical Score, and I'm pretty sure all the other nominees were past winners. Just like George Clooney.
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2:09PM on 09/28/2012
This seems to be on the wrong portion of the site.

BTW...you better not be hattin' on Damien Lewis. He deserved that award. Also...no nomination for Band of Brothers? Yeah...that man is brilliant.
This seems to be on the wrong portion of the site.

BTW...you better not be hattin' on Damien Lewis. He deserved that award. Also...no nomination for Band of Brothers? Yeah...that man is brilliant.
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3:59PM on 09/28/2012
Believe it or not, it's not always about T&A here. We do occasionally branch out into other areas of celebrity culture. Kind of what these articles are about.
Believe it or not, it's not always about T&A here. We do occasionally branch out into other areas of celebrity culture. Kind of what these articles are about.
8:16AM on 09/28/2012
All I read in this article is pretty much summed up with: whine, whine, my favorite show didn't win.
I don''t agree with all of the winners and even some nominations had my eyebrows raised. But mostly it was pretty good this year. Homeland is a terrific new show. A great Drama with stunning acting and great script. All four very well deserved. Julianne Moore was a no-brainer because she was absolutely stunning as Sarah Palin and nailed every second of her screentime. I even agree with giving
All I read in this article is pretty much summed up with: whine, whine, my favorite show didn't win.
I don''t agree with all of the winners and even some nominations had my eyebrows raised. But mostly it was pretty good this year. Homeland is a terrific new show. A great Drama with stunning acting and great script. All four very well deserved. Julianne Moore was a no-brainer because she was absolutely stunning as Sarah Palin and nailed every second of her screentime. I even agree with giving John Cryer an award. TAAHM isn't the best comedy around - not even close. But he carries it terricly - even with weak scripts he shines. I love Jim Parsons and Sheldon is an amazing character, but that also makes his job so much easier than Johns.
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7:45AM on 09/28/2012
I don't really have a problem with the oscars. I don't always agree with them, but their winners have some sort of merit most of the time.

The emmys is something different, they often have weird choices and tend to stay in their comfort zone, awarding the same series and actors, year in, year out. Once you can get on their radar, you just stay there 'till your show stops.

I'm not even touching the grammys, they seem to have a completely different notion of what constitutes exciting,
I don't really have a problem with the oscars. I don't always agree with them, but their winners have some sort of merit most of the time.

The emmys is something different, they often have weird choices and tend to stay in their comfort zone, awarding the same series and actors, year in, year out. Once you can get on their radar, you just stay there 'till your show stops.

I'm not even touching the grammys, they seem to have a completely different notion of what constitutes exciting, innovating or just plain good music, so I guess I'm from a different planet on that one.
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7:42AM on 09/28/2012

Why is this on Movie Hotties???

The article isn't even talking about Hotties, female or male, it's just talking about the award show. This kind of headline is always seen on JoBlo Movie News.
The article isn't even talking about Hotties, female or male, it's just talking about the award show. This kind of headline is always seen on JoBlo Movie News.
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6:13AM on 09/28/2012

Eh.

It's why I don't take awards as seriously as I used to. Especially the Oscars. I don't watch a ton of television or listen to the stuff on the radio very much so I can't speak for the Emmys or the Grammys/VMAs, but the Oscars are a joke now.
It's why I don't take awards as seriously as I used to. Especially the Oscars. I don't watch a ton of television or listen to the stuff on the radio very much so I can't speak for the Emmys or the Grammys/VMAs, but the Oscars are a joke now.
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3:54AM on 09/28/2012

The problem is

There are too many choices that it has become a corporate sponsored event. Say there are 100 people who pick the nominations, with 100 good shows on tv, there's very likely 100 different opinions as to who should get nominated. The tie goes to whoever is paying for the event. So they use the Emmys to sponsor their own shows. I do think an award show of this caliber is necessary in these fields (Oscars, Emmys, Grammys) just to give a standard of measurement. But that doesnt mean it's the only
There are too many choices that it has become a corporate sponsored event. Say there are 100 people who pick the nominations, with 100 good shows on tv, there's very likely 100 different opinions as to who should get nominated. The tie goes to whoever is paying for the event. So they use the Emmys to sponsor their own shows. I do think an award show of this caliber is necessary in these fields (Oscars, Emmys, Grammys) just to give a standard of measurement. But that doesnt mean it's the only standard, if just gives the fans a point zero to start the decisions, without the Emmys, we wouldnt be talking about this. And thats why i enjoy the Oscars, not because they tell me who is the best, but because its fun to talk about who was snubbed and who was overrated.

Joblo should host their own TV awards, similar to the Golden Schmoes. Just have two categories for each field, one for network tv and one for cable tv
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2:58AM on 09/28/2012

I like how Michael Pitt

didn't even get nominated for his performance in S2 of Boardwalk Empire. Seriously?!?! Did they even watch the show?!

But hey, what's new. Award shows are always like this, they're WAY WAY WAY too highly regarded by the masses and often don't even follow their own rules/guidelines as to what's 'good' and 'bad'. It's just a mess really, especially The Oscars and The Grammys. And the Emmys or whatever the big TV ones are called (I already forgot lol)

btw why is this in movie hotties?
didn't even get nominated for his performance in S2 of Boardwalk Empire. Seriously?!?! Did they even watch the show?!

But hey, what's new. Award shows are always like this, they're WAY WAY WAY too highly regarded by the masses and often don't even follow their own rules/guidelines as to what's 'good' and 'bad'. It's just a mess really, especially The Oscars and The Grammys. And the Emmys or whatever the big TV ones are called (I already forgot lol)

btw why is this in movie hotties?
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