Rush to Judgment

September 21, 2012

Flipping back through my calendar, here’s what August looked like for me: bad movie, “Compliance,” bad movie, “The Perks of Being a Wallflower,” bad movie, bad movie, “End of Watch.” But just as I know the sun will rise tomorrow, I know things will get better as we approach the end of the year, particularly because I have a “Looper”/“Pitch Perfect” double feature next week. And nothing can compare to December, when the awards-grabbing starts.

This year, though, that may change. The Academy (as in “I’d like to thank the”) announced Tuesday that Oscar ballots are due Jan. 3, 10 days earlier than they were due in 2012. That doesn’t affect me — I’m not a member of the Academy or any critics’ association. Some say this makes the Golden Globes irrelevant, ignoring the fact that the Golden Globes have always been irrelevant.

What this change really does is cut down on the time that many Academy voters have to see the glut of award-caliber films that Santa (or Harvey Weinstein) brings. A lot of members will have to find a way to see a number of Oscar contenders between Dec. 25 and Jan. 3 (by my count, it’s at least four). Some worthy film is going to get the shaft simply because of timing.

All of which actually gives me hope. This could mean that in years to come, December won’t be the only month of riches, and that August will be better for it.

Kristen Page-Kirby covers film for The Washington Post Express.
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