Me and This Year’s Award Season

Ever since 2003, I began printing The Academy’s Oscar nomination ballots to check the movies that I’d seen and began my predictions. My TOP predictions mark was that year when I got 23/24 guesses — beginner’s luck, since the shorts categories are so hard to predict without watching.

Since then, my regular guesses have been ambivalent 18s to 20s.

This year, however, I haven’t paid much attention to Award Season. Usually, today I would have prepped for a special day, watching the Independent Spirit Awards, pretending to be there (showering earlier and dining earlier than usual). I would be completely ecstatic about tomorrow for the Oscar, when I would also shower and dine earlier to not miss a beat of the broadcast.

This year I’ve missed all the awards broadcasts — EmmysGolden Globes? Okay, I caught a bit of the Grammys and have heard about winners second-hand from other people — mainly, Marya ;) who keeps me up to date with these. And Juan who complains about who is winning… and who SHOULD be winning.

So what’s wrong this year?

I haven’t even printed my Oscar ballot this year! In reality, they made it a multiple-page ballot that just makes you lazy about printing it. I mean, who in their right mind would print a four page Oscar ballot? Who would waste four fine sheets of paper to print the nominees?

Small things that add up to the biggest snubs in film — Shame, We Need to Talk About Kevin, and Drive… I’m looking at you three specifically. Then there’s my generally lukewarm reception for most of the films this year.

I wonder if I will regain my love for Award Season next year.


YAM Magazine editor, photographer, blogger, translator and part-time web designer. Film junkie, music junkie… and lately series (a.k.a. TV) junkie.

4 Responses

  1. Rodrigo says:

    Hasn’t the Asian wave affected you to a certain degree for avoiding these kind of programs?

    I remember you blogging about not watching tv (see: American programs, network and cable). I forgot to ask then: which tv moment or show made you want to stop watching?

    I mostly watch them out of habit.

    • amy says:

      @Rodrigo, I don’t think so. I also haven’t paid much attention to Asian awards like the Hong Kong one or the Japanese Academy one (I don’t even know when they are).

      I haven’t watched Glee or any of the shows I used to – it’s just that feeling of laziness that makes me not want to watch American TV. But it isn’t laziness for movies – I’ve watched A LOT of films this year about 25/25/25/25 between Asian, American indie, Hollywood and European to make it about 129 films already. This is the most I’ve seen so early into 2012…

  2. Marya says:

    I feel the same way. And add Take Shelter to the snubbed films list.

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