Members of the Glenwood community shared their opinions about the Hollywood ceremony.
By: Alan Sylvestre
Glenwood, Ore.- Residents of Glenwood voiced their opinion about the upcoming Oscars. Many community members felt Hollywood is out of touch with the needs of the community and less important than community issues.
The current economy is coming out of long-term recession and small neighborhoods like Glenwood are continuing to see the results. Many community members feel that there are more pressing issues to deal with than Hollywood and the Oscars.
“The Oscars?” Andy Brown, Dari Mart employee said. “It’s a pointless waste of time. There are too many poor people in this neighborhood to deal with that.”
According to Forbes Magazine, the average cost for a person to prepare for the one-night award ceremony is approximately $35,000. This includes the wardrobe, make-up, food, limousines, etc. Average operating income for the event hovers around $262 million, making each ticket roughly $85,000.
As with most Hollywood events, the largest income comes from advertising, with this year’s pre-sold ads totaling up to $1.56 billion. Members of the Glenwood community understand the history and tradition of the Oscars, but feel that now is not the time to address the stars of Hollywood.
“We have homelessness, hunger is rampant, there’s no place for kids to play,” Wanda Bull, Dari Mart employee said. Community members feel that now is a time to redirect the money elsewhere.
Apart from the financial opinions around the Oscars, other community members shared a slightly different view on the issue. They felt that the value and meaning of an Oscar has changed since it’s original inception in 1929, when Frank Borzage won the award for Best Director.
“Movies don’t draw me in anymore,” Dennis Lyons, employee of Myrmo & Sons said. “I love stories. Movies today don’t have stories and they don’t draw me in anymore.”
Lyons explained how the movies of today’s generation don’t accurately reflect the movies of the past, and that the value of an Oscar doesn’t hold the same meaning it did in the past.
He also felt that the actors of today don’t represent the original ideologies of acting.
“Actors and actresses are narcissistic in today’s world,” Lyons said. “They’re out in the forefront and that reflects what attitudes are about.”
In the end, multifarious residents of the Glenwood community felt that too much time and money is spent these days on creating a reckless generation.
This year marks the 85th consecutive broadcast for the Oscars, presented by the Academy of Motion Pictures and Sciences. Top nominees for this year include Daniel Day-Lewis for his role in Lincoln and Hugh Jackman for his leading role in Lés Miserables. Other nominees include Denzel Washington, Jennifer Lawrence, Naomi Watts, Robert De Niro, and Anne Hathaway.