Monday, January 11, 2016

And your opinion goes to...

It's that time of the year when you'll stumble upon arguments/discussions on which film should have won which award and which actor should have been snubbed and whatnot. It's the beginning of the award season and this trend is going to continue until the Oscars. For instance, today, some of the debaters will be relieved that Leonardo DiCaprio won the Best Actor (Drama) gong for The Revenant while others will be aghast that the survival film managed to win other awards too. It took me a long while to stay away from such verbal circus where we like to believe that our opinion matters. Guess what? It doesn't. It never did. It never will. Golden Globes, like the Academy or the BAFTA or SAG, is exclusively democratic but the viewpoint of the few matters there. Lobbying plays another key role in the outcome. What else can explain The Martian winning an award in the comedy category? Just because you think Spotlight should have won the Best Picture award doesn't make any difference to the set narrative. It's a private party and we are just voyeurs who get a glimpse from the outside. If you are really bothered by this, you should host your own sweet awards function and hand out statuettes in absentia. 

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