If I ran the zoo that is this beleaguered awards night, I’d make it an awards week: Every night for the first five nights of the week would be smaller, shorter awards shows for different movie genres, which could change over time as genres’ popularity waxed and waned. For the sake of argument, let’s say Action/Adventure movies on Monday, Sci-Fi/Fantasy movies on Tuesday, Horror/Mystery/Thriller movies on Wednesday, Dramas on Thursday, and Comedies/Musicals on Friday. Only a select group of AMPAS members would be eligible to vote on each of these nights, based on the kinds of films they’ve worked on in the past.
Separating the genres like this would bring in fans who otherwise wouldn’t tune in, would give more attention to movies that typically get overlooked in awards season, and would open the door for one-night-only special categories that recognize outstanding achievement in genre-specific fields, like stunt choreography. However, some categories would be the same for all five shows, recognizing universally valuable traits like good acting or good directing. And at the end of each genre night, a “Best Picture” is crowned, and a runner-up is also acknowledged.
Now, here’s where it gets really interesting: After a break on Saturday, everyone convenes for the final night of Oscars week on Sunday with a glitzy live telecast, a comedian host — the whole nine yards. But now, the winners of the past week’s shows are all competing against each other in the big categories. There would be no “Meryl Streep and four others” categories — every contender in every major category would have already been vetted by her or his peers as one of the best of the best of Hollywood’s offerings from that year.
And in the final category of the night, the winners of the five Best Picture categories are nominated for Best Best Picture, along with their runners-up, making 10 nominees total. And on the Big Night, everyone would be able to vote, which means those runners-up would still have a fighting chance.
If you only care about Dramas, then fine — just tune in Thursday night and you will have your Best Director and Best Picture. But if you like all kinds of movies, then the stakes on Sunday would be super high. Anything could happen!
I mean, I would watch that, but of course I would. Would you? Reply to this email to let me know.