The Oscars Argumentative Essay by writingsensation

The Oscars
Argues that the Academy Awards is not the glamorous event that it once was.
# 68287 | 1,181 words | 7 sources | MLA | 2006 | US
Published on Aug 14, 2006 in Communication (Mass Media) , Communication (Television) , Film (Artist) , Film (History of)

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Traditionally, the Oscars have been seen as an awards show not to be missed. Receiving an Oscar used to mean that the actor or director was at the top of his or her form and that there was no one better. However, there have been concerns of late that some of what the Oscars provide is simply a show - Hollywood glitz and glamour, but no actual test of talent and work that has gone into a project. Some of this undoubtedly comes from four different areas of the Oscars - the host, the clothes, the freebies and what happens behind the scenes. All four of them are discussed in this paper in an effort to show that the Oscars have strayed far away from what they used to be, which was a wholesome if somewhat glamorous show and into the realm of 'reality TV.'

From the Paper:

"Previous hosts such as Billy Crystal were very family-oriented in most of the material that they presented, and many of the jokes that they used were somewhat tired, not on the cutting edge of what is appropriate or not, such as the jokes that Rock uses in most of the stand-up material he works with (Harwood, 2005). The idea of getting Chris Rock to host the Oscars came from the idea that most people were getting tired of seeing the same old thing and that the ratings for the show were beginning to slip. It was hoped that something fresh and new, such as Rock, would allow for a boost to the ratings and therefore put the Oscar show back on its feet once again."

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