Twitter's Journey to the Awards Circuit

Twitter's Journey to the Awards Circuit

A lot of people in the film community have a complicated relationship with the Academy. Oscar season always brings feelings of disappointment when the films they were gunning for don’t even get nominations, or heartwarming triumph when their favorite actor or actress finally snags the award they’ve deserved for years. I almost gave up on the Oscars myself last year after Blade Runner 2049, Logan and War for the Planet of the Apes all underperformed.

It was December 12th, 2018. The nominations for the Screen Actors Guild awards had just been announced, with many films beloved by the avid film community snubbed across the board. Toni Collette’s performance in Hereditary not being nominated for Best Actress was the straw that broke the camel’s back for a lot of people, myself included. The excessive love for Bohemian Rhapsody across awards circuits this year has also infuriated a lot of people, due to recent revelations about Bryan Singer. Then, someone had an idea.

 
Toni Collette in  Hereditary , Courtesy of A24/Reid Chavis

Toni Collette in Hereditary, Courtesy of A24/Reid Chavis

 

“Film Twitter”, as it’s commonly referred to by those in it and outside of it, came together after José Maximiliano pitched his idea in a tweet, saying he was “trying to bring up a big group of participants to have our own Film Twitter awards”, I asked Maximiliano some questions about his thought process and reaction to the creation of the FTA.

“When the nominations of the big awards were coming out, I saw a lot of discontent within Film Twitter including myself, so I decided to get voices out of the Film Twitter community to share and award our favorites”, Maximiliano said in a brief interview. The idea exploded and expanded throughout Film Twitter, leading to the creation of group chats and long, amazing conversations about films this year. The people whose voices were frequently silenced when it comes to recognizing films came together to make their own ceremony.

Three and a half weeks later, submissions for nominations were due. Eighty-eight members of the Film Twitter community submitted seven nominations for a long list of categories, each one of them dedicating slots for their own personal favorites. Maximiliano got to work on counting the nominations and rolling out the official board. “It’s been exhausting because I’m the only one behind FTA, but at the same time I’m having a pretty good time since I’m doing something I like”, Maximiliano said regarding the process. A couple of days later, the official nominations rolled out in a long thread onto Twitter, and all of us celebrated. We created something monumental for us, and it wasn’t even finished.

 
FTA nominees for best picture 2019, courtesy of @FTACritics official Twitter

FTA nominees for best picture 2019, courtesy of @FTACritics official Twitter

 

While the final results have not yet been revealed, and we won’t know what the first Best Picture winner for the FTA will be for a little over three weeks, I found this entire process a significant event in my life. I’ve been obsessed with film for about four years now, and this experience has allowed me to find several hidden gems from this year that I otherwise probably would have never heard of. The nine Best Picture nominations are all hotly contested, but Maximiliano predicted that the winner would be “probably Roma, but my heart wants First Reformed”. While my opinion is in a little bit of a different place (If it couldn’t be Annihilation or Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, I can root for Lynne Ramsay’s wonderful You Were Never Really Here), I can’t wait to experience the future of the FTA. Maximiliano isn’t looking for this to be a one-time event either. In his final remarks, he said: “I’m hoping after the results go online that the people from Film Twitter know that our voices deserve to be heard and I’m also hoping to turn this into a yearly thing.” I couldn’t agree more myself.

To get the newest updates and see the full list of nominees and winners for this year and beyond, you can follow the FTA on Twitter below.

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