The Big Picture: Polarity Contest

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Indeed, comebacks are weird...

Ratings ultimately determine how much the Academy gets paid for the Oscars, and they're chasing them.

Disney/ABC pay a lot of money for the Oscars (though it's going down as ratings fall) but the advertising revenue ABC get for the Oscars is falling faster.

The Oscars either need to boost ratings or the Academy will have to settle for airing on Freeform.

Maybe we can host them on The Escapist?

holy shit what movie bob?

wat, what, WHAT!

Bob is Back to the escapist!!

Woop Woop!

saxist01:
So, what they need to do is divide the best picture into multiple genre awards, and then all the winners are voted on for best overall picture during the show. BOOM! Fixed the Oscars.

Welcome back, Bob!

Perfect solution. It would definitely give a "live" appeal to the Oscars.

Good to see more content on the site, although I do not always agree with Bob I have always found what he produces at least entertaining.

Wow. Not only did Bob come back to Yahtzee's Youtube channel (sorry, I mean The Escapist), but this thread is generally free of the morons who led to him (and pretty much everyone else: content makers and consumers) abandoning the place.

Did they mature? Do they now only live on /r/The_Donald? Will they be back to defend the fatherland in a few weeks when they realize Bob is back?

Meh, who cares?

Make the Escapist Great Again, but this time, don't feed the trolls.

3 years later, and it still feels like the same good old Big Picture. Good job and welcome back!

Well there's a jingle I haven't heard in a dog's age...

Belaam:
Wow. Not only did Bob come back to Yahtzee's Youtube channel (sorry, I mean The Escapist), but this thread is generally free of the morons who led to him (and pretty much everyone else: content makers and consumers) abandoning the place.

Bob didn't abandon The Escapist. He said they were planning to cut him as part of general restructuring. Then they abruptly fired him without warning.

I wonder if he's working on this voluntarily.

MovieBob:
Polarity Contest

The Oscars want to give blockbuster hits a new award for Achievement in Popular Film. But does it make the problem it's meant to solve even worse?

Watch Video

I have to say, I feel the quip about racism at the end isn't warranted until we actually see the nominations. The Best Picture category was expanded specifically so more films could be included and it wouldn't be surprising if they took advantage of that to have Black Panther in there as one of the nominees. Everyone and their mother is probably going to expect Black Panther to win this new category and being the only one in that category nominated for Best Picture would make it clear this was a coronation as happened a few times at the beginning of the expanded category when the inevitable winner of Best Animated Film ended up in the Best Picture nominations.

Black Panther isn't going to win the top award, no doubt, but the notion that it won't so much as be nominated seems to be jumping the gun. Even then, though I don't track all the films out there, there is no reason to believe a film prominently featuring black stars will not win Best Picture just because it probably isn't going to be the superhero one. Am aware of at least some films featuring heavily black casts or with black stars in lead roles that have been particularly well-received with some Oscar buzz. None of that is a prediction and I am not an expert on this, but it wouldn't be shocking. Feel the video could have been stronger if it included these points instead of going for the well-worn racism argument put out by countless other major outlets.

*hears Bob is back on the Escapist*

Guess it's finally time to blow the dust off the old account.

It'd be weird to say welcome back when I left around the same time and have only checked in occasionally since. But I'm so glad to see they're bringing Bob and now Shamus back -- it's so nice to see new some life in the site again. I hope it keeps going. I've missed this place, and following all the content creators separately isn't quite as nice as having one platform full of activity, at least when the community was nice. Personally, I'm hoping for Unskippable next.

darkrage6:
Bob said no such thing, that's a bullshit lie. Trump supporters can kiss my ass, anyone who still supports after the lengthy list of guilty verdicts is fucked in the head.

Don't know about you, but that sort of tone is not what I remember from the Escapist back in the day. Try to be a bit more civil, even towards people you politically disagree with.

OT: Good to have some creators back. Not sure Bob's the best choice considering how controversial he is, but as long as he doesn't use his videos as a platform to preach his politics, it should be good. I used to enjoy his videos here (before almost every Escape to the Movies was 50% politics instead of movie review).

Wow. Feels like 2014 again. Welcome back.

what happened? Has the escapist returned from the brink of death?

IamQ:
what happened? Has the escapist returned from the brink of death?

Maybe. To early to tell

IamQ:
what happened? Has the escapist returned from the brink of death?

New ownership so a change in direction which attracted some of the previous content creators to come back. There is a panel about the return at PAX September 1st.

Too difficult for me, personally, to separate the "art" from the "artist" here.

You folks enjoy though.

Hmm... it'll be interesting to see how this goes, considering some of Bob's final content prior to being fired from the site last time around. I can only hope that things are better now and that things will be kept civil

Shamus and Bob are back... hmmm. times are a changing

I HAVE MISSED THIS SHOW...I have also forgotten that this site exisited..

Belaam:
Wow. Not only did Bob come back to Yahtzee's Youtube channel (sorry, I mean The Escapist), but this thread is generally free of the morons who led to him (and pretty much everyone else: content makers and consumers) abandoning the place.

Did they mature? Do they now only live on /r/The_Donald? Will they be back to defend the fatherland in a few weeks when they realize Bob is back?

Well, one in particular is out of the picture now, namely the one who literally ran the site. So that's the main thing that's changed. Seriously, the story of this site's mismanagement would give Channel Awesome's a run for its money.

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