Oscars forgot it was the gold standard for awards shows with its commercial break fiasco
"Let’s face it," says Steve Pond. "The Oscars are not the Golden Globes, which makes it clear it only cares about stars by not having any below-the-line categories; or the Critics’ Choice Awards, an organization of writers so desperate for TV exposure and TV money that they present the writing awards off the air; or BAFTA, which delays its broadcast by two hours so it can edit down or edit out some of its categories; or the Emmys, which has two whole separate shows for most of its 100-plus categories; or the Grammys, which long ago rebranded itself as a music performance show with all but a handful of the biggest awards handed out in a different venue before the show even begins. No, this is the freakin’ Academy Awards, the show that wants to be respected as the gold standard for all awards shows, the undisputed Lord o’ Kudos. And if you want to be afforded that kind of respect, it helps to give that respect to everyone who gets one of your precious trophies...The Oscars want to be held to a higher standard; in fact, they demand it. Friday’s decision (reversing its commercial break plan) was when they realized that they are." ALSO: Why the Oscars should ditch ABC for Netflix.
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