An Overdue Oscar Makeover

The Hollywood sign is seen during a rain storm in Hollywood, California on January 12, 2017. A series of storms that have rolled across California in the past week dumping heavy rain and snow could herald the end of a punishing historic drought, officials said. / AFP / Konrad Fiedler

BOSTON, MA (WBZ-AM) -- The Academy Awards show drew some of its lowest TV ratings ever this year, so the folks behind the extravaganza have decided to do something about it.

Yesterday they announced several changes to Oscar night.

The show will be in February, much earlier than in the past.

They claim they’ll keep the broadcast to three hours. (We’ll believe that when we see it.)

And there will be a new Oscar category: “achievement in popular film,” a prize apparently reserved for movies that are blockbusters at the box office.

This angered the movie critic for USA Today, who called the “blockbuster” category a “horrendous” idea. But I beg to differ.

I think the Academy should go further and introduce a whole slew of new award categories that reflect the reality of Hollywood instead of the fantasy.

For instance, I think a good warmup for the best picture award would be an honor for the worst picture.

The hard part will be narrowing it down to just ten or 12 nominees.

As a warning to the evening’s egomaniacal award winners, the show should open with a new award – worst acceptance speech from the year before.

Again, competition will be stiff, but it’s always a good idea to open with a joke.

Along with best actor and actress, how about acknowledging the reality of what many moviegoers are there for by honoring the cutest actor and actress?

Other ideas: awards for most gratuitous violence and nudity, worst dialogue, and most inane political correctness.

Sorry to be so flip about it, but admit it – isn’t this an Oscar show you’d actually look forward to watching?

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