The Academy Awards and the Sham of “Artistic Merit”

Growing up, tuning into the Oscars was a tradition for my mother and me. As thrilled as I was to see new movies throughout the year, I was equally pumped for the chance to see the most innovative and culturally relevant films rewarded on the highest stage of artistic merit.

I don’t watch the Oscars anymore, nor do I go to the movies very often, because I feel we’re stranded…