Should fans vote for the Oscars?

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The Academy announcement a new Oscars category that will allow fans to vote for their favorite movie on Twitter with #OscarsFanFavorite.

It feels like a naked attempt to bribe people into watching the Oscars amid the show’s historically abysmal history. ratings: Voters can win a trip to the ceremony or a prize with free movie tickets and streaming subscriptions.

The Academy is, so to speak, caught between the Scylla of insignificance and the Charybdis of complacency. Are the Oscars charting the right course?

#OscarsFanFavorite raises a lot of questions. How will they ensure that people only vote 20 times a day and only votes for eligible films are counted? It sounds like a nightmare, and, the internet being the internet, it wouldn’t be surprising if armies of memes came up with a “Boaty McBoatfacesituation. Democracy is fallible, and what a majority chooses is not necessarily right (interestingly, this is not controversial to say about voting for movies, but not about voting for movies). politicians.) Reid McCarter of the AV Club sneered that a tsunami of troll votes will give an Oscar to Shrek (2001) or a film by Neil Breen.

But the evidence does not show that this is inevitable. Scroll the hashtag on Twitter, most people seem to vote for Spider-Man: No Coming Homewith a surprisingly large contingent supporting tick, tick… BOOM!Lin-Manuel Miranda’s biopic on To rent designer Jonathan Larson. Maybe these contenders don’t deserve awards (I haven’t seen either of them), but it’s not clear that Twitter will come to a ridiculous conclusion.

Films aimed at the general public are often decried as naïve money grabs, and with good reason, for all Jurassic World 3sand baby boss 2s that come out in theaters. But would audiences be any worse at picking movies than the Academy that appointed Don’t look up for the best picture? Look through the listing highest-grossing films of all time, adjusted for inflation. You may disagree that these are the best movies of all time, but overall they all have a certain artistic merit and cultural relevance that earns them a spot on this list. Only one, the force awakensis, I would say, a bad movie.

All in all, it’s not that dark. It may be wise for the Academy to hand out a prize that requires broad consensus, rather than the agreement of a few elite judges, at least if it wants to restore its legitimacy and unite moviegoers around the Oscars.

The award show faces competing criticisms of being too flattering and too elitist, but none of its critics at the back ever offer a solution to this dilemma. #OscarsFanFavorite can be an unexpected solution.

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