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Award shows are a farce—and their choices only prove their rising irrelevance

The Golden Globes sparked outrage when they failed to nominate Michaela Coel's I May Destroy You. But the awards industry has always been hopeless at recognising greatness

By Caspar Salmon  

Michaela Coel in I May Destroy You. Photo: LANDMARK MEDIA / Alamy Stock Photo

In an episode of the beloved sitcom Schitt’s Creek, Alexis Rose asks her mother, the incorrigible luvvie Moira Rose, what her favourite season is, and after considering for a second, Moira replies: “Awards.”

It’s a beautiful joke, but it also captures what is entirely vacuous about this time of year. The whole thing is confected, with all the various awards-giving bodies second-guessing each other and glad-handing the handful of favourites that are designated as favourites early on, on god only knows whose whim. Meanwhile, the Oscar-chasing editorials and photoshoots (with attractive actors, if you please!) garner advertising…

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