Film is subjective. Put the two of us in a room and we may find ten
movies released in 2018 that we both agree on. Add sfoster and
peacemaker and the four of us would find it difficult to find five
movies we all think worthy of being the best. Now put around 6,000
people in a room.
Based on this rationale everything is subjective then right? Then I say :"what is the point of film awards?". what do u answer to that? It's entertainment? then why most professionals use these awards as a touchstone to decide what a good movie is? Just buy a ticket and some popcorn and hit the ceremony. Why people give these awards so much credit then?
I'm sorry but there is a problem to be solved. Academy awards is thematically biased towards drama based on the prevalence of dramas nominated every year and scarcity of some other genres like crime or horror ( I made some examples of some of the good ones earlier). Their agendas are political. Most of the time anything without a humanitarian context is always ignored.I don't think there is a problem that needs to be solved.
The Oscar is a popularity award with a strong aspect of self congratulation and
showing how "important" the people who make films are.
Well they are failing really bad in that regard. Underdogs and overlooked jewels don't get appreciated. They are not acknowledging a majority of the talents out there. And they are not showing how "Important" filmmakers are, they are just showing how" important" PEOPLE are (Back to the humanitarian context). Now I'm not saying there is anything wrong with being humanitarian, I'm just saying if you are only looking for movies with that context, lots of great movies get overlooked and not appreciated.
"the best" because there is no such thing.
Though I agree it's impossible to pick "the best" movie, but it doesn't at all justify the nominations of mediocre movies. Again saying what you said, how would you react if you saw a movie like "The room" which is considered by the majority of the people as the worst movie ever made, in the Oscars ? would you say even then that because there is not such thing as the best hence this movie's nomination is justified. We may not be able to decide on what is the best, but we can all know what is a "bad" movie. Justifying every undeserved academy award by saying there is no such thing as the best is just ignorant.