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Here’s who will win this year’s Oscars… and who actually deserves to

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As the show’s dwindling ratings prove, interest in the Oscars has been in steep decline in recent years. It would seem the perfect storm of a paucity of genuine movie stars and a plenitude of identity politics has wounded, maybe fatally, the once iconic awards.

In contrast to the insipid Oscars, every year I give out an alternative award for cinematic excellence named The Mickey, which removes politics and industry status and simply recognizes artistic excellence based on merit – an outrageous notion, indeed.

As for the Oscars? As a denizen of Hollywood, I’ve never experienced an awards season that has generated so little interest. It appears that even though movies are more available to more people than ever before, due to streaming services, they seem to have never mattered less.

Part of the reason for that is 2020 was just a cinematically lackluster year. A handful of good movies have come out in the past 12 months, but no truly great ones, and certainly no films that really ignited the public’s passions.

A perfect example of this cinematic malaise is found in the Oscars’ Best Supporting Actress category. Youn Yuh-jung will win for her unremarkable performance in the meaningless 'Minari' because she checks the diversity box that Academy members are so desperate to celebrate, even though Amanda Seyfried ('Mank'), Olivia Colman ('The Father') and even Maria Bakalova ('Borat Subsequent Moviefilm') did far superior........

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