11:55:09 AM Mar 15th 2013
... You guys do realize that the Academy Awards, especially, are geared towards making money for the organization that hosts them and NOTHING else, right? Who gets and award and why is purely a decision for ratings and advertising income and nothing to do with merit. You know how much an Oscar winner pays out to get the award? 10 grand USD for the award itself, and a minimum of a thousand bucks USD PER BASKET for a gift basket for EVERYONE WHO ATTENDED THE CEREMONY. Winners are alerted to this fact weeks in advance so they, and their backers, can prepare to receive the award. It's one of those not-secret secrets.