Should The Oscars Have A “Best Remake” Category?
Cory Allen poses a really interesting question. In more recent years we have seen an onslaught of remakes. The same way the Tony’s give an award for best Revival (read: remake) should the Academy give awards for a remade film? They are already giving an wards for an adapted screenplay, why not a remade film? As someone who went to film school my gut reaction is to say, ‘absolutely not, this is a recent phenomenon and it shouldn’t be rewarded.’ Turns out, it’s not that recent of a phenomenon.
The art of the remake is a storied tradition that dates all the way back to 1904. That’s right, the 11 minute 1903 film The Great Train Robbery was remade one year later with the same title. Once the remake was born, there was really no stopping it. You can see remakes all throughout film history (Billy the Kid -1930/1941, Forbidden Fruit - 1915/1921 [both my Cecil B DeMille], King Kong - 1933/1977/2005, M 1931/1951).
The reason why films are remade today is the same today as it was in 1904. Brand recognition and progression in technology. Peter Jackson wouldn’t have made a third version of King Kong if he didn’t think he could do it better than the claymation version before it. If technology can help tell a story better then why not remake it? And if we are going to remake stories shouldn’t we try and actually make them better?
I like this idea. I didn’t know that the Tony’s gave an award for best revival, but that shows how this type of award can work.
- cristalconnors answered: NO. done
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- kjphoto answered: This won’t encourage original ideas for film/musicals.
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- blenderizethis answered: I don’t think the Oscars should encourage remakes like that. More focus should be put on the need to create original story lines.
- gavinbutters answered: that would make it interesting but is it not unfair on the orignal when it was one of its kind in its day? it’s a hard one i guess
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- andykersplat answered: in response to the post title, they might as well, as there are so many
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- hungrylikejonwolf answered: But would the winner of Best Remake be eligible to also win Best Picture? It’s an interesting thought. Best Mo-Cap Actor should come first.
- checkthegate answered: Creighton, you are guilty of clever wording and you know it. “Brand Recognition” = “Money Grab”. But I put nothing past the Academy….
- performcpr answered: I think the definition of a remake is ill-defined, especially with recent films released in “reboots” (Spiderman, The Incredible Hulk, etc)
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- mindhackersly answered: maybe
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- kingpinn answered: in fairness, and not meaning to sound negative, i don’t think it matters what awards these ceremonies give out.
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- mscotter83 answered: This is how I feel about it. mscotter83.tumblr.com/p…
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- marblesx answered: Remakes of some older movies are fine, But I heard remakes of the 1994 Crow, doesnt make sense thats a masterpiece of it self.
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- houseoforange answered: Ugh, no, let’s not reward nor encourage this phenomenon. Force the industry to be creative!
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- straightxedgex answered: if they did a “remake category” every film would be in it!
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