Does there really need to be that many award shows?
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By Madison Sciba
Associate Editor/Opinion Columnist
We are currently in the peak of the awards season, a time of year where everybody who is anybody is flaunting their wealth at award show after award show. There are the Golden Globes, the SAG (Screen Actors Guild) awards, the BAFTAs (British Academy Film Awards), the Critics Choice awards, the Academy awards (Oscars), the list goes on and on. From January to April there is at least one award show every two weeks.
It seems as though the same actors and actresses get the same awards at almost every show, so much so that by the time we get to the Academy Awards almost no one is surprised by the winners. By the time the Oscars came around, the only big question this year was if Austin Butler or Brendan Fraser would win the award for Best Actor.
Look, I love seeing the outfits and watching those incredible moments when a deserving actor finally receives an Academy Award, but we don’t need more than the four most popular awards. The EGOTs. The Emmys, the highest award for television. The Grammys, the coveted award for musicians and songwriters. The highest award available to those in the film industry, the Oscars/Academy Awards. And the Tonys, the goal of every stage performer and writer.
Called by some the most coveted award in Hollywood, only 18 people have won all four awards in their lifetime. Notably Mel Brooks, Whoopi Goldberg, Audrey Hepburn, Andrew Lloyd Webber, John Legend, and most recently, Viola Davis.
With the Oscars now over with, it just proves that no one really cares about the other awards. It barely made the news when Ke Huy Quan and Brendan Fraser won SAG awards, but people were in tears online when they finally won their Oscars. No one is arguing that those men, as well as Michelle Yeoh, were making history with their incredible Oscar wins.
Quan became the second ever Asian-American to win the award for Best Supporting Actor, an incredible win considering his role in Everything Everywhere All at Once was his first acting job in over 20 years. He rose to fame in the 1984 film Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom starring as Short Round alongside Harrison Ford’s Indiana Jones. Quan then went on to play the iconic character of Data in the 1985 classic The Goonies. He struggled to find work, realizing that there was no demand for young male Asian actors, so Quan began work behind the scenes. It was only after he saw the 2018 rom-com Crazy Rich Asians, he was inspired to return to acting. Quan then landed the role of Waymond Wang in Everything Everywhere All at Once, so surprised that he landed the role, he turned to longtime friend and fellow Goonie, Jeff Cohen (now an entertainment lawyer) for help.
During his emotional Oscar’s acceptance speech, Quan told the world of his struggles, being a refugee who fled Vietnam as a child and had previously given up his dream of acting. He encouraged all who were watching to not give up on their dreams as he once did. At the end of the night Everything Everywhere All at Once was announced as the winner of Best Picture presented by Indiana Jones himself, Harrison Ford. Ford embraced Quan on stage, the Indiana Jones star congratulated Quan for the win, 39 years after Quan was a young boy starring alongside Ford in The Temple of Doom. The look of pride on Ford’s face mirrored the pure joy on Quan’s.
That was just one of the biggest and most influential moments of the Oscars, something that will be talked about for years to come. You just don’t hear about things like that happening at the Golden Globes or the BAFTAs. So what is the point of all these different award shows? Do we really care who won the Critics Choice Award? For most people the answer is no. No, we don’t need all these awards. Let's just stick with the EGOTs.
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