Life In London: January 2005 Archives

The mind of an award-show voter

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For years, I have complained about the inability of any awards show to properly choose the best films of the year. I have attributed this failure to an inexplicable unwillingness on the part of awards-granting bodies to ask me what I think, and then do exactly what I say. I am pleased to announce that, this year, one such body actually is asking me what I think, although they still persist in asking their other members as well. In other words, I am now a voting member of BAFTA--the British Academy of Film and Television Arts and Sciences. And now that I'm doing it myself, I have stopped thinking of awards show voters as "those fools", and started thinking of them as "those poor bastards." This voting thing is hard--much harder than any awards voting I've done.