You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Webhead aches

Letter to the Editor

To the Editor:

I am disappointed with Pete Hammond’s article about Oscar Web sites (“Award sites mushroom, but who reads them?” Dec. 12). It seems to me that Mr. Hammond completely missed the boat as to the purpose of these sites.

He implies that the primary purpose of Oscar sites is to influence the outcome of the Academy Awards, but this is not the case. The Academy Awards are becoming more and more of a phenomenon every year. Studios are spending more and money promoting their films, and the outcomes seem to be more and more about studio promotion and money than about film quality.

It has been shown that Academy Award nominations can be predicted with reasonable accuracy (70-80%) if one is to listen carefully to what films are being hyped, buzzed, and promoted.

Therefore, it is unfair for us to be labeled as “subjective” and “influential,” when we are not trying to influence anything, merely trying to reduce the Academy Awards process to a science. We also have a track record of being able to predict the outcome as well as anyone else on a regular basis.

Ryan Blosser

(The author, under the pseudonym “Seattle Guy,” edits the “Ultimate Oscar” page of Geocities.com.)

More Voices

  • Netflix Cannes

    Cannes vs. Netflix Defines Fight for Cinema’s Future

    To the Editor: I am disappointed with Pete Hammond’s article about Oscar Web sites (“Award sites mushroom, but who reads them?” Dec. 12). It seems to me that Mr. Hammond completely missed the boat as to the purpose of these sites. He implies that the primary purpose of Oscar sites is to influence the outcome […]

  • Love Never Dies - Utica, NY

    Could 'Love Never Dies' Live Again on Broadway?

    To the Editor: I am disappointed with Pete Hammond’s article about Oscar Web sites (“Award sites mushroom, but who reads them?” Dec. 12). It seems to me that Mr. Hammond completely missed the boat as to the purpose of these sites. He implies that the primary purpose of Oscar sites is to influence the outcome […]

  • Every Act of Life

    Tribeca Film Festival: 5 Titles to Watch for Theater Fans

    To the Editor: I am disappointed with Pete Hammond’s article about Oscar Web sites (“Award sites mushroom, but who reads them?” Dec. 12). It seems to me that Mr. Hammond completely missed the boat as to the purpose of these sites. He implies that the primary purpose of Oscar sites is to influence the outcome […]

  • Francis mcdormand Oscar Win Inclusion rider

    How Tax Credits Could Bring About Inclusion in Hollywood (Guest Column)

    To the Editor: I am disappointed with Pete Hammond’s article about Oscar Web sites (“Award sites mushroom, but who reads them?” Dec. 12). It seems to me that Mr. Hammond completely missed the boat as to the purpose of these sites. He implies that the primary purpose of Oscar sites is to influence the outcome […]

  • New York Theater Critics Online Review

    Broadway Critics Launch New Site for Theater Reviews

    To the Editor: I am disappointed with Pete Hammond’s article about Oscar Web sites (“Award sites mushroom, but who reads them?” Dec. 12). It seems to me that Mr. Hammond completely missed the boat as to the purpose of these sites. He implies that the primary purpose of Oscar sites is to influence the outcome […]

  • Frozen Broadway

    How Broadway's 'Frozen' Will Surprise Movie Fans

    To the Editor: I am disappointed with Pete Hammond’s article about Oscar Web sites (“Award sites mushroom, but who reads them?” Dec. 12). It seems to me that Mr. Hammond completely missed the boat as to the purpose of these sites. He implies that the primary purpose of Oscar sites is to influence the outcome […]

  • Alyssa MilanoTelevision Industry Advocacy Awards, Los

    Alyssa Milano: Time to End the Partisan Politics Around Health Care (Guest Column)

    To the Editor: I am disappointed with Pete Hammond’s article about Oscar Web sites (“Award sites mushroom, but who reads them?” Dec. 12). It seems to me that Mr. Hammond completely missed the boat as to the purpose of these sites. He implies that the primary purpose of Oscar sites is to influence the outcome […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content