One of my close friends is a big fan of the Oscars. I think I’ve mentioned that every year when the list comes out, she makes a copy, checks of which movies she has seen and then spends the next month or so trying to fill in the blanks by watching as many as she can. I love her dearly but just cannot bring myself to join her in this mania; I’ve thought for years that the film industry is the most insecure industry – the amount of self-adulation in the way of awards that it needs amazes me.
But because she’s a friend, I did click open the announcement today of what films will be up for Oscars this year. It’s no surprise that I haven’t seen any of them (I quit reading when we got down to costumes) since I haven’t been to a movie theatre since December of 2019. However it was a surprise that I had only heard of two of them. I’ve noticed “My Octopus Teacher” on Netflix and I did read a YouTube review of “Mulan” but none of the other movies in any category even rang a small bell. Normally I’ve heard of a lot of Oscar nominees because I’ve seen the commercials on TV but not this past year.
Did these movies come out in theatres? If so, who went to see them? Have they all been out on TV on subscription channels (of which YA and I have only Disney+, because it’s free right now)? Have other people heard of these films and I’m just more clueless than usual? Do we even need Oscars this year?
Have you seen any of the nominees for this year? Will you? Anything you think the Academy has overlooked?