Oscars and the Pressure to Watch Award Films


Oscars and the Pressure to Watch Award Films

Illustration: Akshita Monga


y fellow cinephiles, it’s the eve of the Oscars and I am as thrilled as you are, but my only problem is that, this year, I recognise the Best Picture nominees only as well as I recognise those relatives who ask me, “Teri shaadi nahi hui?” at a cousin’s wedding. I know that for some reason these movies (not relatives) are important, but for the life of me, I haven’t bothered to find out anything about them.

Of course, advertising this opinion would be a good way to rip apart the aura of the cultured, informed genius I spend the whole year trying to craft. So I can’t admit that last month was the first time I ever heard about Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. Nope.