The Oscars this year included 24 different categories. From sound mixing to costume design, these categories seemingly cover all there was to cover in the film industry. But was it really all there was to cover? Or has the Academy been snubbing different potential categories for years?
There are certainly many different parts of the film industry that deserve acknowledgements. And no, I am not referring to "Best Black Friend" - sorry, Chris Rock. I am referring to different parts of the filmmaking process that are just as important as editing and make-up.
Here are 4 Oscar categories we want to see at next year's Academy Awards.
1. Best Stunt Acting
This is one that many stunt actors and directors are trying to push for right now. Stunt actors, directors, coordinators and the such work very long hours to perfect the stunt work in some of your favorite films. When different actors get nominated for their roles, they weren't the only ones who played those roles when the movies were shot.
Stunt actors work just as hard, if not harder, as the rest of the cast members, for even less pay. During extreme action movies like Furious 7 and Star Wars: The Force Awakens, stunt actors often have just as much screen time as the rest of the cast. For every line the main actor has, the stunt actor has to do countless leaps and stunts. The amazing work of these hidden talents should not be ignored any longer - let's acknowledge the fantastic work of these stunt actors!
2. Best Animal Training
In a previous article, I wrote about some of the amazing talents put into different films with animal actors. 2015's film Max was not as groundbreaking as critics expected, but there was one factor that really sold the film - the work of Carlos the dog.
The amount of emotion the trainers found inside these animals is fantastic. Hours upon hours of work and training are put into adding this amazing factor to some of our favorite movies. It certainly deserves some recognition.
3. Best Child Actor
Though they may not be as experienced as actors and actresses like Cate Blanchett and Leonardo DiCaprio, child actors are a real, yet ignored, part of the film industry. Every actor and actress has to start somewhere.
Child actors and actresses work just as hard, if not arguably harder, than most adult actors. Not only do they have to film, but they also have school and growing up to deal with while working on the difficulties of being on the set constantly. Child actors like Ty Simpkins (Jurassic World, Iron Man 3) and Jaden Smith (The Karate Kid, Pursuit of Happiness) put in countless hours on the sets of film with little film experience, and still pulled out great performances. Why not give them a chance at an Oscar?
4. The Obligatory Best Cameo
I include this category only because the beloved former Marvel editor Stan Lee has been pushing for this one. A common trend in movies are celebrity cameos, be it Stan Lee in a Marvel movie, or the director of a film appearing in the film itself (Steven Spielberg is a huge fan of this).
These cameos are an interesting part of the movie making process and could add a bit more fun to the Oscars. Plus, it would finally give the opportunity for people like Stan Lee to win Oscars when they typically are not able to.
There are already 24 Oscar categories - why not make it 28? For Pete's sake, there was once an Oscar category for who could write the best movie title - why not give an award to a stunt director for once? Or a kid? Or a dog? Or even Stan Lee?