Thursday, August 20, 2015

Topic Of The Day: What If Genres Had Their Own Categories?

Hello, Bloggers, welcome to another episode of Topic Of The Day. For today's topic, I will discuss yet another possible way to fix the Oscars. As I have mentioned before, the Academy is notorious for their bias against certain genres. In particular, comedy, horror, sci-fi, and action. But it occurred to me, what if these genres had their own category?

Not only would these genres get proper credit, but it could allow certain films that we want to see make it to the ceremony call themselves Oscar nominees or winners. Let's say they had this category back in 2010 when The King's Speech won Best Picture. If there was a Best Sci-Fi/Horror Movie category, then Inception likely would've won and since the Best Picture category always goes to the producers, Christopher Nolan could finally call himself an Oscar winner since he was a producer on the film. That way, the fanboys could rest easy. Also, I was a little saddened Easy A couldn't land with the Academy. But with a Best Comedy category, it might've actually found its way in.

 Speaking of the Comedy category, though. One minor downside to having a Best Comedy category is that it could allow dramedies that make their way into the Best Motion Picture-Musical/Comedy category at the Golden Globes to make their way into this special category, preventing more legitimate comedies from getting in. If they had this category a few years ago when American Hustle was up for Best Picture, it likely would've won since it was up for 10 Oscars and a special Comedy category would've been a place to reward it had it been nominated. Since its response was so divisive, I could've imagined the backlash towards it getting the label of being an Academy Award-winning picture.

If they were to include these special categories, then one suggestion I would make is to take the actual Best Picture lineup and not only go back to 5, but perhaps give it the label of Best Drama since serious films tend to dominate the category. That way, people can easily compare one drama to another or decide which film was funnier and so on and so forth. Plus, you would have more diverse lineups and with a Sci-Fi/Horror and Action Film category, we could have films to get the masses excited and would solve the ratings issue.

So those are my thoughts on why they should have categories for certain genres at the Oscars. Whether you agree or disagree, please feel free to write your thoughts in the comments section. Thanks for reading!