Mister Tee wrote:Big Magilla wrote:Mister Tee wrote:And moving it up to early February? Good god: there'll be no time to see the foreign/documentary nominees. And the precursor season, which already feels like fraternity rush, will be crammed into an even tighter window.
Is there time now?
Even last year, I only watched Faces Places, The Breadwinner and Strong Island in the 72 hours before the show. Never did get to Last Man in Aleppo. And I'm pretty sure I saw at least 2-3 of the foreigns in the 10 days prior.
A possibly encouraging sign: all of these changes are getting fiercely negative reaction from Oscar pundits and bloggers, including the ones who most often advocate for more populist policies (like nominating comic book movies). And the tone in many of the pieces is viciously mocking. There may be WAY more pushback on this than the Board of Governors expected. I wouldn't be surprised if, among other things, some of the tech branches threatened a boycott if they're pushed off air.
I meant to mention these posts before and missed them.
It's utterly ridiculous for the Academy voting members to be expected to sit through the volumes of film they are expected to watch in a shorter time frame. Someone on Goldderby was also saying that the BFTAs will be moving their awards ceremony forward in 2020. I prefer the good old days when the BFTAS were after the Oscars and most of the winners were British myself. Since they have been trying to copy the Oscars they have become one of the worst things possible: a clone comlete with implants and botox.
Academy members have lives and most of them don't revolve around much 3 or 4 films every day for a couple of weeks. Hell, they might be working on a project, having family over (its that time of year), going on holidays themselves or simply not up to it. People get sick too and if you happen to be unwell with a pile of DVDs next to the bed and you don't feel like watching them - your unlikely too.
I think I can speak with some authority with watching a large volume of films in a short period of time - it gets tiresome and very quickly. During June for 12 days straight I watched just over 30 films at the Sydney Film Festival. I'm currently in Melbourne with tomorrow to be my last day and all going well will have watched 41 films over by the end of tomorrow night. I could stay another 5 days and watch some other films I'd like to see but I'm sick of it and I want to go home - I have had ENOUGH. 3 weeks after we get home we then fly to Portugal for 6 weeks and little if no cinema the whole time - bliss.
I've also decided to pretty much can Melbourne, at best we would come down for a day or two and see the one film most wanting to see and to hell with the rest. And to tell the truth my very first day and both the Sydney & Melbourne film festivals this year were meet with a feeling of 'I don't want to do this'. I've been going to the Sydney one since 1980 and with age it gets more tiring and the realty is that all the stuff that I want to see the most will turn up in cinemas or on DVD/Blu Ray in the next 12 months and I get to save all that money that I spend on expensive meals, accommodation, etc. So the Academy shorting the viewing time is not going to go down well with members (as least with film festival audiences its self inflicted) and we are likely to get the most boring and predictable results possible.