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A whiff of change, of many kinds, at post-Weinstein Oscars (copy)

Guillermo del Toro with his Best Director and Best Picture Oscars for "The Shape of Water." 

Jordan Strauss

I used to love watching the Academy Awards. Of course, by me saying this, you assume I had some problems with this most recent film ceremony, right? Well, no. It's difficult to find any problems with this year's Oscars if you don't actually watch the awards show.

Which I didn't. It's not like I didn't try though. I watched a few seconds here and there or took a gander at some acceptance speeches on Twitter, but other than that I was a no-show.

What happened to me? I remember attending Oscar parties in college and being that one guy that would secure the dorm lounge with the good TV hours before the ceremony actually began (that was the only time I ever remember actively watching the red carpet pre-show).

But now I guess I don't care as much, especially when the results of the winners are constantly tracked on the Internet. Why bother watching the ceremony when I can just watch one of the Best Picture nominees? (Maybe two films if Oscar winners decide they want 10-minute speeches.)

Right now I can't pinpoint the exact reason why I don't want to watch the Oscars anymore. It's certainly not anything political. Celebrities using their newfound win for social points is nothing new, and I can't say I'm really bothered by it. The #OscarsSoWhite movement was a little annoying when that sprouted, but, again, I wasn't really bothered by it.

Maybe it's because this year's Academy Awards were so predictable. All of the major categories were practically shoe-in wins. Thanks to the Internet, we all have better access to other, pre-Oscar award shows.

Those other industry awards can sometimes dilute the effect of an Oscar win -- even when the Oscar is considered the crème de la crème of movie awards. 

Maybe it's because I'm only interested in a few categories these past few years. To me, the most interesting and competitive awards are the writing honors -- Best Original Screenplay and Best Adapted Screenplay.

This year was a tough call as to who would win. I almost wanted to watch the whole ceremony just for those wins. I'd be more than happy shutting off the TV once the writing awards concluded (in the end, "Get Out" and "Call Me by Your Name" received awards).

But who knows what my problem is. All I know is that I'm excited to at least watch the movies listed as winners and nominees in this year's Academy Awards. As far as next year's ceremony? Unless there's something to really attract my attention, I'll just wait for the results the following morning. 


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