The Oscar nominees for 2016 have been announced, but do we really care? On the 28th of February this year, the Academy Awards will be presented to actors, actresses, directors, musicians and many more people. They will be told that they are ‘the best’ in their respective categories and we, the audience, will be persuaded that this is true.
This year, the nominations for Best Picture include Bridge of Spies, Mad Max: Fury Road and The Revenant. According to many people, these are great movies, as are the cast who bring the stories to life. Whoever wins the awards for Best Actor and Best Actress will automatically become (or remain) a Hollywood star.
However, just because Leonardo DiCaprio has never won an Oscar (yet!), that doesn't mean that his films aren’t amazing. I only need to mention Titanic, Inception, and The Wolf of Wall Street and you can clearly see that he is a fantastic actor. Oh, and of course, let’s not forget Romeo and Juliet.
Don’t get me wrong, I am not saying that those who win Academy Awards are not talented people. They most certainly are talented. What I mean is that I don’t think we should define films and actors by how many awards they have in their cabinets. After all, at this year’s Golden Globe Awards, Ricky Gervais compared the prizes to ‘a doorstop’ and told the celebrity nominees to ‘remember that no one cares about that award as much as you do’.
So let’s not judge films purely based on what the critics say. If you want to know how good a movie really is, go and watch it!
Do you think a film is better if it has won an award?