Oscars 2021: Why you should still care about the Academy Awards

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The 93rd Academy Awards are upon us and it looks like they’re going to be the least watched and lowest-rated of all time. And while it’s true that telly ratings don’t take into account the number of people watching on their phones, the Oscars are defo getting long in the tooth.

So, should you even care anymore?

Crikey, yes! There’s plenty of excellent reasons to enjoy Hollywood’s flashiest chook raffle, and we’re here to have a chat about them.

Frances McDormand in Nomadland is a strong contender for Best Actress... but so are all the other nominees! Picture: Searchlight Pictures
Frances McDormand in Nomadland is a strong contender for Best Actress... but so are all the other nominees! Picture: Searchlight Pictures

The Great Movies

It seems obvious, but this is what the Oscars are truly about and damn there have been some A-MAZING movies this year! Nomadland, Mank, Minari and The Trial of the Chicago 7 alone would be enough, but we also had Judas and the Black Messiah, Sound of Metal and The Father.

Not to mention Promising Young Woman, which managed to be so timely and entertaining and brilliant and please watch this movie now, you guys. Ratings be damned, 2021 was a good year (for movies).

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The Talent (actors and actresses)

This year more than any in recent memory features a roster of actors and actresses all of whom deserve the golden statuette. For actors it’s an impossible choice between lovely Steven Yeun, amazing Riz Ahmed and dearly-missed Chadwick Boseman.

And for actresses, how are we supposed to choose between Frances McDormand, Viola Davis and Carey-flippin’-Mulligan?

Oh, and Glenn Close might FINALLY win an Oscar after being nominated (and snubbed) EIGHT TIMES. It’s going to be intense, people.

Carey Mulligan is superb in the excellent Promising Young Woman which has a strong chance of taking Best Actress, Best Film and Best Director. Picture: Focus Features
Carey Mulligan is superb in the excellent Promising Young Woman which has a strong chance of taking Best Actress, Best Picture and Best Director. Picture: Focus Features

The FASHUN

Yes, COVID is still hooning around America like a bored teenager doing doughnuts behind the servo. Yes, that means the red carpet will be a much smaller proposition than usual.

But it’s still the RED CARPET, and will be chockers with looks both dismal and divine. You’ll laugh, you’ll gasp, you’ll ask your partner, “are they wearing that on a dare?”

It’s going to be a fascinating glimpse into the world of celebs and the flash glad rags they don for a night on the town with millions of people watching. And where else do you get to see stuff like that?

The Inclusivity

Hopefully we don’t need to explain why diversity and inclusivity is important, but it sure looks like the days of #OscarsSoWhite are well and truly behind us. This year we have Black nominees, Korean nominees, people of colour nominees and, of course, plenty of white nominees.

Having a diverse group of multiple nationalities and ethnic backgrounds helps ensure more filmgoers feel represented in the art they love to watch and that’s pretty fantastic.

We were all as confused as Warren Beatty by the Oscars 2017 fiasco but the winner was definitely La La Land. Or Moonlight? Or...
We were all as confused as Warren Beatty by the Oscars 2017 fiasco but the winner was definitely La La Land. Or Moonlight? Or...

The D-RAMAAAAAAAAA

Guys, do you remember in 2017 when Warren Beatty was given the wrong envelope so when he announced the best film, he said it was La La Land? And then the La La Land producer was all like, “nah, guys, it’s actually Moonlight who won” and then everyone was super confused and blaming everyone else and wandering around like headless chooks?

THAT WAS AMAZING.

And it’s the kind of thing that only ever happens at these big awards. And after this last year? Who knows what could happen this time around!

So if you don’t want to watch it for the movies, the actors, the clothes or the diversity? You’d better tune in so you'll understand THE MEMES.

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