One thing that happened this year that made me feel like less of a struggling actor and more like a contributing member of “The Academy” was that Apple put all of the screeners on iTunes. Not only does this make getting access to the films substantially easier, but it also promotes conservation of the environment through less waste! I remember getting the initial email saying that screeners were available on iTunes and feeling like I was probably getting Punk’d… “Alright,” I would say, “where’s Ashton?” But unfortunately for me Ashton Kutcher never appeared and I was still sitting alone in my office when I began watching my first screener on iTunes.
I can only hope that this is a trend that will be continued throughout the years. The only downside to getting screeners on iTunes is that they are forcibly taken away from you 24 hours after you watch them, meaning you cannot illegally pass the DVD around to your friends while turning a blind eye to the, “DO NOT SHARE, DESTROY AFTER WATCHING,” warnings that are put on those DVDs (perhaps a good thing, after all, that Apple takes them away from you… forced ethics?). As someone who does not particularly have time to go to the theatre and watch every single movie that is up for an award, but would like to do this, iTunes made it very convenient for me to keep up with the times. Also, I feel that DVD players are a thing of the past! My laptop does not even have a DVD drive, and I could hardly imagine buying one for myself.
Overall, iTunes releasing the screeners was charitable, because now I have something to talk about when I go to countless Academy Awards parties instead of awkwardly standing in the corner saying, “Yeah, well I didn’t have time to go see them, I’m a working actress, you know,” while sighing with a dramatic eye roll, like all actors do.