It's Oscar time again, and it's got me to thinking about why we as a culture place so much importance on and devote so much energy to following the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS).
Historically, this hasn't been the most respectable organization; after all, neither Charlie Chaplin, Alfred Hitchcock, Akira Kurosawa nor Stanley Kubrick ever won a competitive Oscar, and "The Greatest Show on Earth" was once awarded the trophy for Best Picture. (Kinda puts things in perspective, don't it?)
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