As my little note above states, this post is mostly just a personal personal thought I had today based on a random "News" article I found on IMDB . It stated that The Academy Awards/Oscars voting was now going to be done online (by Academy members only, not the general public, obviously), rather than with physical, mailed ballots. And you know what? I think that is a good idea! I read that The Academy had been thinking about doing this for a few years now, so it's good that they are finally getting on with their plans. The first thing I thought that was positive about this was the fact that it would cut down on unnecessary usage of paper and resources, plus the whole problems of things getting lost in the mail, etc etc.
Obviously online systems can have their glitches as well, but it also would expedite the process of voting as well, making it less tedious and time-consuming.
The idea that was then brought up, was that with this quicker way of getting votes in and tallied, The Oscars could actually be moved up to a earlier date than they are right now. (Typically The Academy Awards are held on one of the last Sundays of February, or first of March).
Now, I was reading a lot of comments online about how the "awards season" is too long and tedious so this would be a good thing, while others believe that this would make it seem too rushed after the Golden Globes and all the other Guild Awards, yadda yadda yadda, but I think everyone is missing the biggest thing of all:
Ever since I was 10 years old I watched The Oscars, and it was always within a week of my birthday. It made me feel special when I was little, and actually the first entire telecast I watched in 2001 was done so because I was feeling ill, and it made me feel better. I know, I know, I'm getting all sentimental and whatnot, but that's just how I have become. Obsessed with trivial little things like The Oscars-- do you have a problem with that?
I thought we were friends, Academy! How am I supposed to say things like, "All I want for my birthday is for ________ to win the Oscar" (ie, Colin Firth) when it might not coincide with the date anymore?
No seriously, I make at least one statement like that every year, and when they come true, I know it was because The Academy just wanted to make my birthday an even better one (not actually, obviously).
That is just what I automatically thought when I heard all this hubub about online voting. I still think it's a good idea, even if the date is changed. I mean, I know it's become a tradition for me every year, but if The Academy can change its own traditions after 83 years, I have faith in them.
So what do you think about online voting for Academy members? How about moving the date to closer in the year? Will that mess with your head too?