The Academy Awards ceremony celebrated its 90th birthday on March 4.
The Oscars have been around for so long that they serve as an indicator of what the Hollywood community values now and in the past.
The awards don’t represent any absolute standard of excellence or quality. Rather, they demonstrate the particular taste of a group of people at a specific point in time.
The Oscars continue to mean something because they’re given by people from different backgrounds who work together to make movies. This matters because it speaks from a place of knowledge and experience. The members take their responsibility seriously, studying each nominated film carefully. That is part of what keeps the awards going.
Easy access to nominated material, such as DVDs or streaming links, makes it easier for voters to follow their taste into the world of independent, non-studio films. This has turned the Oscars into a more accurate reflection of where we are today.
Another reason the Oscars remain relevant is rooted in the controversy over how the academy is made up, and the organization’s attempt to change the situation. When it was pointed out recently by many people that the Oscars academy was mainly made up of white males, the group didn’t just worry, it acted, adding more than 1,400 new members in the past few years.
Even though the Oscars are getting close to 100 years old, such events that celebrate an art form this powerful will always have a place in our world.