The Second Annual Ethel Awards

ethelLast year I introduced the Ethel Awards (so called because “Oscar” sounds like a grumpy old man and “Ethel” a grumpy old lady), in which we revisit Oscars past to correct the Academy’s many errors in giving out the little gold man. There are only two rules: 1) At least five years must have lapsed before the ceremony is eligible for revision, and 2) as much as possible, I try to make the corrections from the available pool of nominees, but if the oversight was so egregious that the deserving film wasn’t even nominated, I reserve the right to award non-nominated films. Last year, I revisited the 1999 Academy Awards and this year we’re taking a look at the 73rd Academy Awards, honoring movies released in 2000, or, The Year of Gladiator. As before, we’re redoing all the categories except the shorts, song and documentary. Please note that 2000 was before Best Animated Feature was introduced as a category. That happened one year later for 2001 films. Continue reading “The Second Annual Ethel Awards”

The First Annual Ethel Awards

ethelDo you ever feel like the Academy gets caught up on one or two movies each year and it (or they) end up winning all the awards come Oscar time, but then even a year later you can’t remember who won what, or even who was nominated? Don’t worry, you’re not alone. While the Oscars can be fun and/or entertaining while they’re happening—or a dead bore, depending on your tolerance for masturbatory exercises in self-congratulation—increasingly the winners are less and less memorable. I don’t think it’s because “bad” movies or the “wrong” movies are winning, I just think it’s because everyone gets hung up on one thing and the real gem(s) of the year slip through the cracks, only to re-emerge later, when the fuss has died down. Continue reading “The First Annual Ethel Awards”