AWARDS SHOWS ARE THEY A THING OF THE PAST?…….
Red carpets. Camera. Spotlights. These words have become synonymous with the glamour and gilts that goes along with award shows. Each year these events seem to have hype surrounding them, but how much do people care anymore? This year’ Oscars or the Academy Award shows was 23.6 million viewers according to Variety magazine, which is one of the lowest recorded viewership compared to the viewership of this year’s Super Bowl which received 102 million viewers according to Syracuse.com. However, what does that exactly mean now for these award shows? These statistics are not as surprising as they once could have been, award shows seem to be plumping in terms of their success. One of the questions one must asking is why is this happening? It could be that people seem to not care as much as they used to about the winning and losing of these celebrities.
In terms of the Golden Globes, this year was Ricky Gervais the host which was fifth time doing so. His grandiose monologue included him showing his boldness and apathy for the award show he is hosting. He calls the actors to accept their awards and “Thank their agent” and keep the political issues out of their speeches, which they did not. Nevertheless, these things speak to the predictability of these shows. We watch them win awards, thank their people and allude to a cause and wait 365 days to hear this again.
We are on a perpetual hamster wheel in which we are watching the same awards over and over where some people just want to get off.
Another issue that could get people to tune in less and less, the idea that the world we live in is changing. People do not always have the time we used to sit and watch these award shows. However, we find time to spend on our phones for hours at a time. Our priorities are shifting. Are we ready to see award shows go? This question we must ask ourselves between award shows seasons.