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updated 02/26/1990 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 02/26/1990 AT 01:00 AM EST

It's not too early to think about ignoring those awards. Let's practice by ignoring the nominations.

Think about it: The movie industry has conned people into giving them tons of free publicity every year—including an interminably long, dull TV show. It has convinced us that these awards—call them the Felixes—are meaningful.

If there were awards for, say, the best orthopedic surgeon of the year or the best tax accountant, this would be meaningful. The Felixes, though, tend to things like the best gaffing by a supporting gaffer in a slasher movie in which fewer than 28 teens are done away with. This is not meaningful. It is hype. Even worse, it is not entertaining.

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