Dana Rombough is a full-time student enrolled in Humber College’s public relations program.
With the Oscars and Grammys just passing, it’s hard to ignore all the buzz that we hear surrounding awards shows. While we hear about almost every topic, ranging from best-dressed to embarrassing moments, rarely do we hear about the actual winners. I think we’d all like to say that we tune into award shows to appreciate all the talented nominees and give respect to their work. But is that really true? I’m calling bullshit. People don’t care about the art anymore; not that I’m any different, but I feel like we should all admit to this. However, people ultimately do tune into the shows – a solid 37.3 million total viewers tuned into the 2015 Oscars this year – and here’s why!
- THE FASHION
Definitely one of the most important reasons why people tune into the Oscars. We love to see all the hunky men in their suits, and the women in sometimes great, sometimes awful dresses. But why do we love it so much? Maybe it’s the little girl in us that dreams of being a princess. We’re able to live vicariously through the stars and their elaborate gowns. Or maybe it’s just an excuse to poke fun at the stars who didn’t hit the mark. Who remembers Lady Gaga’s dress made of meat? Whatever your reason is, admit I; it’s fun to marvel at the extraordinary fashion of Hollywood.
- THE PERFORMANCES
Another reason we tune into award shows is to watch all of the performances. I believe that this is the only part of the show where people really care about the talent. It’s great to see the stars belt it out on a stage in front of millions of at-home viewers. And while it’s nice to see performances focused solely on the singing and the voice, it’s also great to see those entertaining ones. Let me take you back to 2013. It’s summer, the VMA’s are on, and Miley Cyrus is twerking on Robin Thicke. Whether you liked the performance or not, you’re probably glad you were tuned in to watch it. It was the hot topic for a long time. It almost got as much buzz as THE DRESS. Which I’m pretty sure is blue and black, right? Wait, gold and white? No, I definitely mean blue and black. Okay, I’m getting off topic.
- THE EMBARRASSING MOMENTS
The last, and probably most applicable reason we all tune into award shows, is for the embarrassing moments. I know you all probably wont admit, and maybe you don’t even realize it yourself, but it is damn entertaining to watch the ‘picture-perfect-stars’ mess up on whatever they’re supposed to be doing. I think the greatest award moment in all of history was when John Travolta somehow managed to pronounce Idina Menzel’s name so horribly wrong. He called her Adele Dazeem for Christ’s sake. If you haven’t seen it, please watch it right now. I promise that it will be one of the greatest moments of your life. And I’m not trying to hate on John Travolta – I actually think he’s a fantastic actor and especially singer – it’s just entertaining to poke some harmless fun at the stars. Not only are their mistakes funny, but it also reminds us that they’re human too. It sort of fades away their spotless personas, and reminds us that they’re not perfect, nor are they supposed to be.
So while many of you readers might like to pretend that you really care about the Oscars or Grammys or Emmy’s solely for the talent, deep down, you know I’m right. Don’t get me wrong, there are a small percentage who do care about the art being recognized, I’m just saying I believe that percent is very small. Have any of you even watched half of the movies that were nominated for an Oscar for best-picture? Does anyone here even know what Birdman is about? Whatever story you’re sticking too, I’ll see you all next year’s award season, and you’ll know exactly why I’m tuning in. Readers, do you agree that hardly anyone watches award shows for the awards anymore? Let me know in the comments. And don’t forget to share your favourite Oscar moments!