That time of the year has come – when my co-workers gather around on Monday morning over the first cup of coffee or tea and discuss who won the award the night before or who wore what. They dissect speeches (because that’s what people in PR do) and discuss who was the biggest train wreck.
Welcome to Award Show Season. Heaven for some, and hell for others.
Just after the Golden Globes this year, I thought about why I don’t watch award shows and came up with several good reasons. I have a feeling, some will apply to you other non-viewers as well.
1) They cut into my evening routine: I prefer to read in the evenings as it calms me down
Sunday night always creeps up quickly and before you know it, it’s back to the Monday morning grind. I’ve developed a routine each Sunday evening where I snuggle under the covers with my husband, grab my iPad and read for about 45 minutes. It’s lights out by 10:30 p.m. In many cases, even if a favourite TV series like Game of Thrones is on, I’ll record it and watch it on a weeknight instead.
Since award shows tend to wrap up by 11 p.m. or in some cases at 11:30 p.m. and are usually not as entertaining as a good book, I prefer to skip them altogether.
2) They are long and always seem to stretch beyond the acceptable time
The format of some award shows makes them prone to going over time. The musical or other “entertaining” segments, long-speeches and of course, the obligatory breaks for advertising, can stretch what should be a two-hour show to at least three and a half hours.
This year’s Golden Globes also included a long wait while winning celebrities made it to the stage. I suspect it was due to the somewhat poorly planned placement of table-settings for nominees and winners.
3) The speeches tend to be either boring, off-topic or overly rambling…
When a nominee has not prepared and practiced a short acceptance speech, the inevitable happens. They ramble – sometimes in excitement, or go off topic because they know they have millions watching them (e.g. Michael Moore bashing President George Bush). Some are simply boring, naming off everybody and anybody who participated in the making of the film (e.g. Daniel Day Lewis for winning the Oscar for Best Actor for There Will Be Blood).
I can forgive the long but entertaining speech, like this one by Adrian Brody, who passionately kissed Halle Berry when he won the Oscar for The Pianist).
The ones I can’t forgive are like this overly slow and monotone one by Greer Garson in 1942 – and I’m only giving you a snippet of her acceptance which was 5-1/2 minutes long:
4) Often the most undeserving nominee gets the reward
It’s no secret that lobbying for a win, as well as a predetermined agenda for certain types of films/shows, is in full effect when it comes to these awards. Why? The consumer public – you and me – will more likely go see a movie or watch a show if it’s been awarded. If a film based on history (even if it’s loosely based on it) that has a certain propaganda behind it wins, it’s a way of brainwashing the masses that don’t look a bit deeper to understand the real story. The “it must be good since the critics chose to award it” mentality comes into full effect to drive movie ticket and subsequent rental sales.
5) Not entertaining enough to maintain my interest
Amy Poehler and Tina Fey have managed to accomplish something that many awards show hosts dream about – delivering jokes that entertain. However, this is not enough to maintain my interest for any extended period of time. Yes, the occasional tumble down the stairs that results in a bloody nose, or the complete train wreck of a drunken acceptance speech can be entertaining, but these are usually so rare that I tend to switch to a different TV show.
Not to mention, Twitter activity around awards shows is often funnier that the show itself.
Why do you watch or not watch award shows?