Apparently, the 2021 Emmy Awards Ceremony is happening tonight, and that got me thinking: I’ve never watched ‘em.
I may have seen bits and pieces over the years, back before cord-cutting while I channel-surfed— but, other than Ricky Gervais’s Golden Globe monologue, I’ve just never been interested in awards shows. In fact, I didn’t even watch Gervais perform “live;” I caught it on YouTube a day or two later. That’s how many shits I give about Hollywood.
And, here’s why: for the most part, I’ve already heard about most of the movies/ TV shows “up for an award.” If I were interested in any of them at the time of release, I probably already gave ‘em a shot and have since formed my own opinions. (That, or I’m waiting for said shows/ films to be added to one of my streaming subscriptions.)
Take Mare of Easttown, for instance: I watched that shit. Tonight, it’s up for an award (I think), but personally, I’d much rather have my 7ish hours back. The show’s packed with way too much filler, subplots that go nowhere, and just okay writing. It’s about 3-4 episodes longer than necessary, and probably would’ve been a better movie than the TV show we ended up with. If I could to back in time and warn my younger self, I’d say, “either skip episodes 3-5, or just avoid the show altogether.”
But the point is: I don’t need someone else to tell me which of the shows and movies that I’m already familiar with are good. I don’t give a damn about the opinions of the Hollywood elite. The entertainment industry as a whole can best be described as “lackluster,” and that’s been the case for quite some time now.
I’m perfectly capable of deciding for myself which productions/ actors deserve “best of the year” status— and, frankly, that title should end with the words, “by default,” since we haven’t had anything of real substance come out of Hollywood for decades now.
I think we should replace the Emmys (and all the other Hollywood awards shows) with a new contest entirely.
Instead of watching these millionaires all prance around in their overpriced formalwear, I want to see Hollywood creatives pitch us their stories for new series/ films, and then give us, the viewers, a chance to vote on our favorites.
Just a thought… and I can’t speak for everyone, but I’d tune into that show EVERY year.