Are there too many award shows?

You may find them entertaining, but for some folks, self-congratulatory shows rank right down there with watching paint dry. We know what musicians or actors and their movies we enjoy. Do we have to have validation of our likes and dislikes via music awards and acting awards, ad nauseam?

Wait! Perhaps the folks in entertainment need an excuse to clean up and dress up. Heaven knows those random photographs of them are not attractive.

Or, could it be that the only ones who require constant stroking and validation are the musicians, artists, and actors? Surely not. Shouldn’t celebrity be synonymous with self-confidence? One might think so, but then why do so many of them have addiction issues?

Insecure people seem to require constant stroking and adulation as validation of their worth. The people employed by such celebrities provide counseling and stroking and are at least compensated, to some degree. However, if you have ever dealt with needy folks on a regular basis, the effort is exhausting. And our compensation for such kindness and caring is similar to beating our heads against a concrete wall.

Let’s look at a recent award show. Did you watch the Oscars? According to the March 5, 2018, Variety headline “Oscars Hit New Viewership Low.”

On May 16, 1929, the first Academy Awards ceremony was part of a dinner. Based on photographs and film of that historic event, the men wore suits and the ladies cocktail dresses. If we go by today’s standards, the occasion looked more like a business dinner than an awards ceremony.

The best part of the first awarding process. It was over in 15 minutes. Then they moved on to party. Compared to more recent Oscar extravaganzas which lasted 4 or more hours, we could compromise and agree to an hour.

As the annual award ceremony evolved over the years, the women dressed up in elegant designer gowns. Every actress strived to outshine the other ladies present. The designers received national and international attention. As a bonus, they made sure the actresses looked presentable, sometimes even stunning.

Then along came Cher. The best part of the Oscars was the anticipation of what outlandish, striking, and barely-there outfit she would wear. The lady never disappointed. Oddly enough and in spite of the crazy costumes, Cher always looked stunning. It was a sad day for the Oscars when her outfits stopped screaming for attention.

Except for the minor blip on the radar caused by Bjorn in her inscrutable swan dress, elegance gave way to what-were-they-thinking outfits. Over the years, someone dropped the ball when it came to dressing the actresses for the Oscars. Suddenly, it seemed everyone became Cher wannabees.

For many, the once elegant gowns gave way to a competition to see which anorexic actress showed up in the least flattering dress. It has become de rigueur for the younger ones as well as those clutching onto some semblance of youth to arrive in the tearaway, the see-through, and the unmade bed outfits.

Over the years, we felt compelled to watch the Oscars because one never knew which actress would flaunt the most skin or her presumed sense of style. Gone are the days when the Academy Awards were exciting, glamorous, and great entertainment. Note to actors, stick to what you know best. Attempting to prove your relevance with political rants is not entertaining.

It seems all those mindnumbing extravaganzas have devolved to deliver the most shock value. The least shocking being the time wasted watching the various train wrecks known as today’s award shows. Those are hours lost we can never get back.

What if the glitterati decided to reverse things? All the women would attend wearing men’s suits. Their hair and makeup could still be feminine.

The men would strut down the red carpet wearing evening gowns — low cut, see-through, slit up to the gills. Except for the dresses, the men would still look masculine, more or less.

Now that might grab our attention for a few heartbeats.



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