Friday, March 1, 2024

Oscar 2023: Paul Schrader would like the award to return to celebrating Hollywood as it once was

Oscar 2023: Paul Schrader would like the award to return to celebrating Hollywood as it once was

Accustomed to writing his opinions on Facebook, Paul Schrader in a confused tirade criticizes the Oscars for how they have become and would like them to be less international.

Among the comments after Oscarcould not miss that of Paul Schrader, very active on Facebook where he has been expressing his opinions for some time, often in a anything but diplomatic way. The director and screenwriter, who was only nominated for an Oscar in 2019 for the screenplay of First Reformed (inexplicably ignored in the history of the award, to name but two, his contribution to Taxi Driver and directed by Mishima), is becoming increasingly conservative, not to say reactionary, as he gets older. From time to time he expresses negative judgments on colleagues (even on his friend Brian DePalma, with whom he has collaborated in the past) and although he sometimes deletes them, he rarely regrets it. But what does he have to say this time about the Oscars? In the somewhat confused post that you find below and which we translate for you, she takes it out on everyone a bit and hopes for a return to the past.

What the Oscars should be like according to Paul Schrader

Paul Schrader writes on Facebook: “OSCARS SO NOT HOLLYWOOD. Diversifying entries, recalibrating the way votes are counted: these changes have transformed the Hollywood Oscars into the International Oscars. I prefer the provincial origin of the Oscars, Hollywood getting together to celebrate what belongs to it. Most of the countries that make cinema – Great Britain, France, Germany… – have their own national awards. Why does Hollywood have to be Colpo Grosso? Barry Diller is right. If the Oscars are to save themselves, they have to go back to their origins. The Oscars they mean less and less with each passing year. The reasons are clear: the need for revenue, coupled with museum debt, low film receipts and the rush to be woke.”

In short, if we have understood correctly, Paul Schrader would like to go back to the old days, when the Oscar was the award with which Hollywood celebrated itself and occasionally awarded foreign films. More than provincial, hers appears to us to be a very narrow vision. He’s not wrong about some things and this year’s awards prove it, but we don’t think the solution is to reward only American films. Schrader in the post refers to an interview published in Los Angeles Magazine a Barry Diller, former Paramount president, who bluntly says that the Oscars are over and, sadly, so is cinema. However, it seems that this Oscar ceremony, which awarded half a continent, was one of the most watched, which would partially contradict the opinions of both, but it is also true that it is an award that is less and less representative of the quality of the works that obtain it.