You might remember that last year there was a bit of controversy surrounding the Academy Awards due to password problems with the newly operational online voting system. God, I hope you don’t remember that. It turns out there are still some problems with the system this year, but it doesn’t matter because no one is voting anyway? Very cool. I love awards! From Pete Hammond, the person at Deadline who talks about this kind of thing:

As the deadline [Ed Note: Nice.] looms for the close of Oscar nomination polls at 5 PM Wednesday, I have talked to a large number of potential voters who are still not even close to seeing the key movies, whether in theaters or making a dent in that pile of screeners at home. A more limited voting pool could lead to a surprising outcome, and this year it seems there are many members struggling to check out all the contenders.

And according to one member who told me he finally voted this morning, it’s working. … On the other hand, I just talked to another voter who said they were told to get a new password and spent two hours trying to deal with getting the right security code to sync with their computer. The member said he was at a campaign lunch earlier today and also discovered he was the only one who had voted so far.

Literally the computer problem thing is based on two people, but WHY ISN’T ANYONE VOTING? Don’t you guys like movies? Again, and I hate to do this after calling for the same thing last year, but I think this year we just have to cancel the Academy Awards. I know! It will be disappointing for everyone — oh believe me, especially here, we’d all be so disappointed — but let’s just think of this as a rebuilding year. Or a destruction year? Listen, we’ll decide further down the road whether or not we want to destroy, but for now we certainly should cancel with the hope (oh, the hope) of rebuilding. Cool? I know it’s hard for everyone, but let’s nail down this decision now, all right? Good? Canceled?

Comments (21)
  1. What? Is Katherine Sebelius in charge of the Academy Awards now, too? ZING!

  2. Just give the Oscar to the movie with the saddest orchestral music.

  3. Nope sorry we need to have the Oscars this year so I can see what Cate Blanchett wears on the red carpet.

  4. For everyone keeping track at home:

    Paul Thomas Anderson: Zero Oscars

    Macklemore: 50 Grammys

    The system seems to be working perfectly to me.

  5. If people don’t take this more seriously then deserving Best Picture winners like Forrest Gump and Crash might start to slip through the cracks.

  6. But if we don’t have the Oscars this year, there will be no slideshows for me to view at work the next day!

  7. Real talk, I probably base my movie watching selections more on The Gummies than the Oscars. Not saying this site is more prestigious than the Academy Awards, but it is more close to my sensibilitites than any other media outlet. I’m sure every other demographic, niche or mainstream has an equivalent of this. Whether it be K420 in The Morning, Michael Strahan & Kelly, Fox & Friends Family Fun or whatever, why would you base my movie watching options on the politics of the movie making industry?

  8. Best Mumblecore Short: Aww, Poor Michael Bay; The story of a billionaire film director heroically overcoming his fear of public speaking in order to sell you a $100,000.00 television.

  9. And the Oscar for Best Picture in 2013 goes to……..RANGO?!?! Congratulations to Rango.

  10. Maybe people would be more inclined to vote if they didn’t have to pick TEN FRICKIN’ MOVIES to nominate.

  11. So, can I just nominate my own favorites? Best at Stealing My Heart: Benedict Cumberbatch. There are no other nominees, so all he has to do is show up at my apartment to collect his prize.

  12. Get rid of nominations altogether and make actors fight for it, Hunger Games-style.

  13. Here are all the 2013 movies I saw, I think:

    Franco of Oz
    Captain Hanks
    Star Trek Into Khanberbatch
    2Hungry 2Game
    Blue Jasmine (Blanchett Edition)
    Ender’s Game: No Homo
    Mama (Netflixed!)

    Three of them were very good and two will win Oscars YOU HEARD IT FROM ME FIRST.

    The rest were meh or overrated, although as I learned at Christmas my aunt loved Captain Hanks (overrated) so much that she spent the day telling everyone “Shut it down!” Or, well, actually, the 80-year-old’s equivalent of “shut it down,” which is just to corner you and declare “Hanks is amazing” as forcefully as possible over and over again until she begins to tear up and get angry and run out of wine.

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