Tomorrow is the Oscars. What are the Oscars you might ask? It’s a TV show and event where people win awards in various departments of movie making, such as actors, music, and directing.
Now you might be like me, where you had no idea it was happening until the morning before because it’s all over media outlets and news channels. Or, you might be someone who is really invested in this and have been counting down the days, has an Oscar party ready, and has been voting on polls on who you think is going to win.
In this post I am going to mention some things I like and some things I don’t, but keep in mind that I am not saying the Oscars should be stopped because it’s great to celebrate people’s achievements, but I like to look more closely at things that could be changed.
Why do people like the Oscars? Well you might like it if you’re a celebrity or in show business because it is a renowned award, a great self-advertising technique, and a way to make connections with other people in the business. If you’re a civilian, well it could be because you are really into movies and want to know who wins, but I know for the majority it’s for the glamour and a chance to see if your favourite star wins. I know that most people I talk to love the dresses and red carpet coverage, and then the intro to the show, and after well it kind of gets boring and it feels to me likle 80% commercials and 20% show.
So why is this important? Because these shows are reeking with messages of monetary wealth and lacking in demonstrations of core values and humanitarian aid. That’s what people like dreaming of, wealth and being famous, like people in the past dreamed of being royalty. There’s nothing wrong with dreaming but sometimes these shows make me feel a bit sick. This is why.
In a Toronto Sun article they estimate that the cost to getting an academy award is between 3 and 10 million dollars (http://www.torontosun.com/2017/01/30/academy-awards-how-much-does-it-cost-to-win-an-oscar-a-whole-lotta-dough). This includes promoting and sending out copies and other such costs. The dresses we see on the red carpet “for an A-list actress, guesstimates put the cost of each such appearance at around half a million dollars … and that’s not even counting the millions in borrowed jewels.”
The costs keep going up, transportation to the events, after parties etc… so keep that in mind and then multiply all the costs, that are millions each for this one event, by the 30 or more people who receive these awards (http://www.awardsandshows.com/features/awards-categories-1.html) and then the cost of the around 150 nominees. Also include approximately 5 nominees per category (http://variety.com/2017/film/news/2017-oscar-nominations-academy-awards-nominees-1201968107/) who didn’t win but spend almost as much to get to that point.
That’s a pretty penny. Then it goes on. All these actors pay that much of their own money and then the actual ceremony and event and everything leading up to it had a price tag of 42.7 million in 2015(http://time.com/money/4237492/oscars-2016-cost/), which was an increase on previous years, and we will see how much it will be in 2017.
I could go on in costs of the fans and media staying nearby for a chance to cover the carpet and the price of the media’s clothing and dresses and how much the media pays to get a chance to cover the Oscars. Or even how much money is made simply by the commercials played during the show. But I think you get the idea. I will leave you with the price of the gift bag. Each gift bag that is given to over 30 people is worth hundreds of thousands. Last year one bag was worth $232,000 (http://www.harpersbazaar.com/celebrity/latest/a14293/oscars-gift-bag-2016-lawsuit/).
So ya … that’s a bit overboard in my opinion. Think of the almost half of the human race who live in poverty (around 3 billion, https://www.dosomething.org/us/facts/11-facts-about-global-poverty) and then the amount of money spent for one night of extravagance. It’s ridiculous!!! If a fraction of the costs spend on the Oscars was spent on humanitarian aid … well imagine that, imagine the enormous impact!
This is why I am suggesting something new. Imagine an award show for best values, most money put in positive change, best social entrepreneurs, best onsite work etc. People would spend million promoting positive change and positive values and not the dream of being rich and known. If every celebrity used their power for good, ss the famous quote for the Spiderman movie suggested “with great power comes great responsibility”. If celebrities use their influence for promoting important issues the impact would be amazing. Some may argue that celebrities have put more money in one act of charity or one donation than I have in my entire life. Well that may be true, but these celebrities can make more money in a week than I have in my entire life. That fact makes it so they have more responsibility to make positive change. They have the means and the coverage to do so.
Now I am not saying celebrities are bad people. Some have done great things, which I will show examples of in a second. What I am saying is that I want to see more of these works to positive change and less displays of wealth and glamour. I am not delusional. Celebrities can lose their wealth and glamour and, well, then they aren’t really celebrities anymore. Also, they are people and not just objects to idealize and criticize, I can’t govern what they do with their wealth or money, but my point is that I hope that we can create a society where wealth is measured differently and where when you are extremely wealthy you use that power for good, not only because you need to but because it is what is the right thing to do. Do what you can with the resources you have to make some positive change.
So, here are some examples of some great things celebrities have done for positive change and why it’s so important to keep working on this!
I mentioned Emma Watson in my last post. She is doing some great things like talking to the UN, being part of One Young World, working on HeforShe. She is doing above and beyond for work in gender equality and other. Meanwhile, she is still an actress and her highly anticipated movies Beauty and the Beast is coming out soon.
Then check out this list of 12 celebrities who use their fame for good: http://www.triplepundit.com/2015/10/12-celebrities-using-their-fame-for-good/
Or this list of 20 more celebrities doing some good work:
The list does go on but I am going to end with this video I absolutely love, which are celebrities talking about the UN’s global goals. I really love this video and it’s great to see all these people working together to promote the global goals!
So to sum up, the Oscars might be pretty but are in need of a change and everyone single one of the celebrities, middle class, everyone, need to do our share and our best to help others and spread kindness. We need to make a powered crowd for positive change!