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Oscars 2017: Finding Common Ground

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So the Oscars are behind us, and without getting into it properly they were, shall we say divisive. For example, some people believe that La La Land should have swept every category it was in, and other people are wrong.

People are upset over the Best Picture flub and are blaming Warren Beatty, while other people have pointed out that it was very likely the fault of a backstage accountant. Other people are upset that Casey Affleck won Best Actor despite allegedly being a danger to the women he works with. I saw at least one person upset that Lin-Manuel Miranda missed out on his chance at the EGOT (Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony), and if you honestly believe that Zootopia was better than Kubo and the Two Strings I will fight you.

The point I’m trying to make is that the event was a little polarizing. 

In the wake of this, moviegoers find themselves searching for some common ground to stand on. These times of uncertainty require a thing over which we can bond; all lovers of film cry out into the night for something to bind us together as viewers of cinema. Viewers, I am here to tell you that I’ve found the thing that moviegoers can all—universally and with 100% conviction—agree on:

How fucking weird is it that Suicide Squad won an Oscar?

The answer, of course, is “Super weird.” I feel like nobody is talking about this. Sure, it was for Best Makeup and Hairstyling, and yes, it only had two competitors and neither of those had stand-out hair or makeup, but goddammit! Suicide Squad? Really guys? There was no other movie that we could have given that one to?

Suicide Squad isn’t a good movie. Suicide Squad isn’t even the best Suicide Squad movie, and as far as most audiences are concerned there’s only one of them. (In case you’re wondering, that honor goes to 2014’s Batman: Assault on Arkham.)

Speaking as a comic fan, with Marvel putting out consistent content that ranges from satisfactory to amazing, it’s incredibly unfortunate that we find ourselves in a position where the Academy has rewarded mediocrity. I have no idea whether this award win will affect the quality of the next Suicide Squad film—it probably won’t—but in my eyes this sets a precedent saying that Suicide Squad was award-worthy, and anybody who saw that movie knows full well that it wasn’t.

I want the DC Cinematic Universe to improve, and handing out Participation Oscars is not the way to do that.

So yes, dear readers, let’s take a moment to join hands, look each other dead in the eye and say, “Yes. It’s super fucking weird that Suicide Squad won an Academy Award.” I know you all want to.

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