Update: Nope— Jason Adams (@JAMNPP) April 22, 2021
I think the Oscars are nonsense, but more than that I think they are actively harmful nonsense, for those of us who actually care about The Movies, in that they reduce our conversations about Film Art to statistics in the place of true meaningful discussion...
It's also (and this is QUITE THE LOSS for y'all) why I usually lose interest every year in writing about movies currently nominated -- the conversations aren't happening on the film's terms, they're too often about all this extraneous bullshit. I'll write about Nomadland in 2023!— Jason Adams (@JAMNPP) April 13, 2021
... and they just suck every ounce of air and life out of the place. But I do still watch the dumb damn show every year, because I do love watching movie-stars put on fancy clothes and mingling with one another more than I do a lot of other things I could be doing. And this year specifically I am pretty excited to see what the show's producer, one Steven Soderbergh, has got up his sleeve -- he keeps talking about the production feeling cinematic, like a movie itself, and I have no idea what to expect but I do know that Steven Soderbergh is a bigger movie buff than all of us put together and the dude knows how to put glamour and celebrity on a pedestal when he wants to. I'm sold.