Why the Oscars Still Matter

The Oscars have now been around for 88 years, more than any other major award show can say. Through those 88 years, the Oscars have figured out a winning formula to staying relevant: being wrong. 


This year, the favored film is The Revenant, Alejandro González Iñárritu's second major release after last year’s best picture winner Birdman. There has been a lot of controversy over whether or not The Revenant should win, as it currently holds the lowest metacritic (a conglomerate of review scores out of 100 points) of the nominees:

Metacritic Scores

The Revenant: 76/100

Bridge of Spies: 81/100

Brooklyn: 87/100

Mad Max: Fury Road: 90/100

The Martian: 80/100

Room: 86/100

Spotlight: 93/100

The Big Short: 81/100

If The Revenant wins, it will be defying statistics. 

However, the thing that makes the Oscars (and any award show, for that matter) great is that they are unpredictable. The people making the decisions aren’t looking solely at the film’s rotten tomatoes score. While it wouldn’t be the first time the Best Picture award went to a less deserving film, The Revenant is far from a poor film. Compared to the many fantastic films that are nominated, it does stand out as unique. Personally, I have no idea how Bridge of Spies is nominated. Read my review here. 

To sum this all up, the thing that makes the Oscars interesting to watch is the unpredictability. Will The Revenant win? Will Brooklyn sneak in and snatch it up? It’s impossible to say, which is why everyone will be watching, regardless of how racist or unfair we believe the Oscars to be.