Missed some of the films nominated for this year's Oscars? Don't count on seeing any of them during the ceremony. The annual awards show has become synonymous with long speeches, often dragging on, and on, and on past its allocated run time. It appears that this year's show is attempting to buck that rep, but at the cost of one of the award show's best parts: clips of the actual nominated films.
Shortly after the 93rd annual Academy Awards kicked off, viewers were quick to note that while long-winded intros and even longer acceptance speeches were still the norm, the Academy had — along with their attendees COVID-19 masks — removed pretty much all clips of the movies as they were announced in their categories, instead panning to the nominees looking mega uncomfortable in their seats for an extended period of time as the winners for best supporting actor and actress were announced.
And people were understandably perplexed.
Because, aren't the movies truthfully what we're here to see? Aside from Brad Pitt and his baby ponytail that is, clips are truly the goods of the show.
Not only are the movie snippets entertaining, breaking up the monotony of speeches, but they act as a refresher of sorts, both giving viewers some context around the movies being rewarded, as well as reinforcing why these particular films and actors were nominated in the first place. I don't necessarily *need* to see a clip of Daniel Kaluuya in Judas and the Black Messiah, riled up and leading a resistance to know that he's an A+, Oscar--deserving actor and hunk, but it certainly helps!!
Not to mention the fact that, some people (honestly most people), probably haven't even seen these movies to begin with. We're in a pandemic and there's been a lot on our minds as of late. So we can be forgiven for not wanting to tune into a banal at-home viewing of Mank and instead re-watching Superstore for the 100th time.
Which isn't to say that there were absolutely no movie clips aired. The best documentary feature category included short clips of the nominated films; which is great, but honestly even more perplexing considering the lack of clips in major categories like best supporting actor and actress.
So the Academy, release the clips!