6.25.2009

Another suggested change to the Oscars

In addition to this change made to this year's Oscars (about which I am neutral), I would like to suggest another one: can we please get rid of separate awards for best actor and best actress? Why on earth does this still happen? Actors and actresses do largely the same job. Sure, actresses will tend to play different kinds of roles than actors, since they play females and not males. But old actors play different kinds of roles than young actors, and the Academy doesn't split the awards up this way. We don't give separate awards for best female director and best male director, because they do the same job.

Having separate top honors in sports makes sense, where body mechanics mean that men and women cannot be competitive with one another. In acting, though?

If you want to have more acting awards, give separate awards for comedy and drama, not for men and women.

4 comments:

  1. "...give separate awards for comedy and drama, not for men and women."

    Hmmmmm. Intriguing.

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  2. Interesting idea, but I guess I'm too much of a traditionalist, since I would miss the separate gender awards. One could also argue, I suppose, that playing male vs. female characters justifies the separation.

    Barbara

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  3. Better yet, instead of trying to make a horse race out of an art form, why not just give awards to a few of the year's particularly outstanding films/performances/achievements?

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  4. Elizabeth, I plead guilty to not reading your comments carefully enough, since you already made the point I made above. But this traditionalist still wants separate awards. Ah, we baby boomers . . .

    Barbara

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