Judd Apatow

Overrated/Underrated: Oscars 2017 have never mattered less yet continue to stand for more

Overrated/Underrated: Oscars 2017 have never mattered less yet continue to stand for more

If the annual Oscar campaigns are convinced of nothing else — other than the greatness of whatever film they represent —  it’s their own importance. The message of this elongated award season is: “See this movie or be left adrift in the cultural conversation motion pictures gratefully provide.”

Except for years, that conversation has been well in progress by the time Hollywood has tried to offer its reflection in the gilded hall of mirrors that is the Academy Awards.

The last two years’ ceremonies underscored a shameful myopia that inspired #OscarsSoWhite, and this year — with the nominations of “Moonlight” and “Hidden Figures” as well...

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