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How political are the Academy Awards?

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    I've been watching this award show for a long time now, and every year I see headlines about politics ruining the voting process. But I go back and forth on how true this is. Of course every single thing in life can be seen through the lens of politics, and explained through it too. Doesn't mean it's corrupt though, even if the outcome makes total sense.

    Meaning I don't think there is some tiny cabal of old, white men in a dark room deciding everything. In reality, about 6,200 people in the industry vote on various categories (the ones they are directly involved in) and everyone gets to vote on the Best Film award.

    But they do have a problem, a serious problem with diversity. Before 2016, the average voting age was 63. 76% were men, and 94% were white. That has now changed a little bit. They just added 683 new voters, 46% of them being women, and 41% were people of color.

    So diversity or lack thereof is political. At least in a sense. Hopefully that will get better in time, as it has started to. Otherwise, I think certain films and performances do get nominated or awarded based on .. timely-based content. That can be called political. I'd rather call it cultural, and it doesn't make it wrong either. Like doing a war movie about Iraq while we are in Iraq. Or nominating a record number of non-white actors.

    Anyways, that's my take. Do you think the Oscars are overly political? If so, would like to hear your take on all this.

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    The Oscars are definitely political. And have always been, at least in my lifetime of watching (the last 20 years or so). But I don't think too overly political. Maybe at times, but for the most part I think they do what they advertise. Sure they can be elitist as hell and uppity and righteous to the point of annoyance.. but I continue to watch regardless, partly out of tradition. And partly out of curiosity over what that zeitgeist has to say about that particular year in film.

    I can't even count the # of really good movies that the Oscars have turned me onto that I wouldn't have come across or given a chance otherwise. The latest example: Captain Fantastic. Great film.

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    I mostly agree with you. I would say that the cultural impact on voting can be political. Such as a movie being voted through because of something going on in the world and not because it's good. I sometimes think they vote some movies through based on context.