The Oscars and its Twelve Apostles
I know I’ve used this analogy before, but stay with me. Remember the awards ceremonies in high school? You had your sports awards (of which there were a million), your math awards (of which there were maybe four), and a few others scattered here and there in between.
With the awards season starting, I always fall back to this analogy. Whether it’s the Screen Actors Guild Awards, the Critics’ Choice Awards or the Golden Globes, I’m pretty tired of seeing the same celebrities by the time the Oscars roll around. Maybe that’s why I’m not really a fan, because we’re just giving the same awards to the same guys that we see all the time. Actors, directors, and writers. Those are the top three. Let’s face it – most Oscar watchers get up for food when the awards for Best Sound Editing rolls around.
For years, the awards season has always left a sour taste in my mouth, mostly because of my disillusionment with the idea of the ‘celebrity’ and what makes them popular. I want to see more attention given to the little guys, the guys who work behind the scenes that we may not know about. You can always tell who they are by your sudden urge to change the channel when they give out their awards during the Oscars. I always felt that these guys didn’t get the credit they deserved.
To my surprise, that’s when I found out about all the awards shows.
Most people, when they think of the “awards season” think of the Grammys, The Golden Globes, and the Oscars. But here’s something that you may not have realized: that almost every individual category in the Oscars has their own awards show. There are twelve awards shows that lead up to the Oscars (not including the BAFTAs, gotta love the Brits). They are, in order of being aired:
1. Screen Actors Guild (SAGs)
2. Producers Guild of America (PGAs)
3. Critics’ Choice Movie Awards
4. Golden Globe Awards
5. Directors Guild Awards (DGA)
6. Writers Guild Awards (WGA)
7. American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) awards
8. Art Directors Guild Awards (ADG)
9. Visual Effects Society Awards (VES)
10. American Cinema Editors awards (ACE, also called the Eddie awards)
11. Cinema Audio Society (CAS) Awards
12. Costume Designers Guild (CDG) Awards
For some reason, the idea of the Oscars sits a little better with me now after seeing this list. I like the idea that each group is obviously taking the time to recognize their own, but that’s providing that the event is not overshadowed by the celebrity presence. To go back to the high school analogy, it would be like inviting the popular kids to your party before it can officially become ‘cool’. With so much popularity and importance placed on the actors and directors, it makes me sad that so many other important people working on the same film get tossed by the wayside.
I suppose (rather unfortunately) that this is the nature of the beast that is Hollywood. There are those who work with little recognition, and those who work and are idolized from the roles they play to the clothes they wear. Personally, I wouldn’t want to spend time with the actors that shine on the screen. I’d rather kick back with the guys who had the nearly impossible job of making them shine, and who pulled it off.
Forget the Oscars for me. I’d rather go to the Eddies.