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greg dahlen

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How can you enjoy the Oscars when you haven't seen every movie in any category?

Every year the Academy Awards come around. I presume part of the fun of watching is cheering for a particular favorite in any category. For instance, if five films are nominated for Best Picture, it would be fun to cheer for one to win. The problem is that most of us won't have seen every entry in any category, so we can't really make a good decision who to cheer for. Thus, how does one enjoy the Awards?

Would there be a way to rationally cheer for an entrant in a particular category when one hasn't seen all the entries in that category?

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    Dec 21 2012: People enjoy the Oscars?..

    "Would there be a way to rationally cheer for an entrant in a particular category when one hasn't seen all the entries in that category?"

    Well yes, you probably do it all the time in other areas without noticing.
    You cheer for whoever/whatever one you like most, based on your experience of the ones you've encountered.
    If you watch a sports game, you don't refrain from cheering one side just because you don't follow their opponents games, do you?..
    Same logic, ultimately.
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      Dec 22 2012: Sorry, Xavier, I don't think I can think of a good reply before this conversation closes. I asked TED to leave this conversation on for a month, and they only gave it a day, which really surprised me. Do you have any idea how they decide how long they're going to put a conversation up for?

      Sounds like you don't like the Oscars?