Award shows are repetitive

Dillan Schorfheide

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Award shows are truly, truly boring and utterly uninteresting.

The Oscars came and went and I honestly could care less about who wins and all the performances and blah blah blah.

Ricky Gervais said it best when he hosted the Golden Globes a month ago, saying that the award show could be done in a half hour but instead is dragged out.

Of course, as is the case with sporting events, commercials drive the business of it because everyone needs to have their commercial air and money makes the world go round and round.

But seriously, nobody gets anything from watching these award shows. We consume television and streaming services because we get something from them, whether it be a good laugh or a heart-pounding dramatic story that we can sink our teeth into.

With award shows, you just sit there and wait every five minutes for someone to announce the winner after they introduce the nominees and maybe say a tacky joke.

This is not exclusive to entertainment awards, either, as the ESPYs (sports awards) are the same way and whatever other award shows there are. 

The NBA and NFL have their own award shows, and while I enjoy those a little bit more because I understand those jokes and can relate to sports well, they still have the same monotonous formula that somehow is allowed to keep coming back every year.

When it comes to the Oscars or Golden Globes or whatever, a lot of the movies and people nominated I have never seen or heard of, which is my fault for not going to see those movies or doing research, but it seems like more and more people are becoming less aware of the “best” movies and actors.

Again, like Ricky Gervais said, no one goes to the theaters anymore because streaming services are a thing.

Going to the movie theater is still fun to an extent, but streaming services give you those movies just a short while after they release.

Until then, they offer you plenty of original movies and shows (or old shows) to watch.

Plus, the consistent issue with these award shows is the fine line that determines which movie is the best, or which actor/actress is the best.

I thought “Joker” and Joaquin Phoenix were outstanding, tremendous, etc. etc., but what if some of the critics thought Adam Driver was better in “Marriage Story?”

It is such a subjective thing that at this point, myself and others I know do not care because defining the best is nearly impossible. All the nominees are deserving of winning, that is why they were nominated, so what is the difference?

Does one make a tighter, more red face when yelling during their performance than the other, or does one shed a few more tears after getting divorced in the film?

Whatever the case, award shows, if they are to continue to be three-plus hours long, need a new formula because the same old routine is boring.

Dillan Schorfheide is a senior journalism major. He can be reached at 581-2812 or at [email protected].