Wednesday, February 20, 2019
Sometimes transparency is a curse. One is naked to the public and criticized constantly for everything. It would be better to make decisions behind closed doors and to reveal them later. Consider the Oscars and their ongoing mess. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has been fiddling with the ceremony in a futile effort to keep it three hours in length since it is losing its TV audience. Every change it has made has provoked roars of outrage. Even naming an emcee has been a will-he-or-won't-he exercise. The Academy has damaged its reputation in the process and there is no guarantee the show will be shorter. It might have been better off if the ceremony and its categories were left alone. It has turned into a PR disaster. But, the show will go on and award recipients will talk too long as usual. Some will watch: Others will find better things to do.