TV.com Throwdown: What's the Better Awards Show, the Oscars or the Emmys?

Welcome back to the most epic internet battle since Kitten War, TV.com's Throwdown! The last edition was a monster, and you all turned out in record numbers to voice your opinions on Fringe and Lost. This week, we're tackling a broader topic, but one that has needed an answer for some time.

Moving pictures have long been thought of as the gold standard for Hollywood storytelling. In the '70s, your parents didn't long to head West to be on television, they wanted to be in movies. Until this millennium, actors saw television as a stepping stone toward becoming a big-time movie star. But that's changed recently, and now television is close to seeing eye-to-eye with its snootier, bigger, chiseled-chinnier brother. Movie stars are flocking to the steady paychecks of television, strong cable outings are proving every bit as engrossing as blockbusters, and television obsession is at an all-time high.

With TV and film practically peers, their biggest nights—the Emmys and the Academy Awards, respectively—are now peers too, right? That's for you to decide. The 84th Annual Academy Awards are right around the corner, so we ask you:


What's the Better Awards Show, the Oscars or the Emmys?

There are a lot of different ways to go about this one, guys. Sure, we're TV.com and there's an automatic bias toward television. But the Oscars are the Oscars! The grandest night in entertainment! Let's take a gander at the pros and cons of both:



The Emmys

Television's big night has always lived in the shadow of the Oscars. Though it's always been considered the pinnacle of TV-related awards shows, it's never enjoyed the same kind of distance from its nearest competitor as the Academy Awards. But the calendar is in the Emmys' favor. While the Oscars are the highlight of awards season proper (January and February), the Emmys have the summer almost all to themselves.

Pros: Television's biggest event; scheduled during a part of the year when it can hog the limelight; not as stuffy as the Oscars and the nominees appear more relatable; better spread of categories (comedies! dramas! reality TV!); television is more important than movies!

Cons: Doesn't have the same pageantry as the Oscars; due to the nature of television, repeat winners and candidates can make the awards feel stale; would George Clooney ever show up for the Emmys?



The Academy Awards

Who DOESN'T love the Academy Awards? Besides the Golden Globes, of course. The Oscars ceremony is Hollywood's annual town ball, the party of all parties! Or is it just a parade of stuck-up, gown-wearing superpeople who are there because they played a role in a movie you never saw?

Pros: The most elite party in the world; the actual award is the most prestigious trophy ever in the history of the universe and is rumored to have magical powers; you only have to invest about two hours to familiarize yourself with any particular nominee.

Cons: Most of the people there are in a completely different universe than you'll ever know; too much crying; you didn't see that three-and-a-half-hour drama about genocide in Rwanda or that stirring portrait of a woman coming of age in London circa 1850; who cares about Original Song/Editing/Cinematography?; movies just aren't as good as TV anymore.


So which is it? Are you an Oscars type of person, or an Emmys fan? Or do you think both awards shows can go suck an egg? Let's hear it in the comments section below!



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Feb 27, 2012
PS. George Clooney must have been to the Emmys when he was a part of ER, right?
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Feb 27, 2012
I like the Emmy's better because of the categories, I can always root for someone in EVERY CATEGORY. When the oscars come around I only watch a really small section (best actors and best picture, that's it.) Couldn't we settle this battle by picking the Golden Globes?
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Feb 26, 2012
Oscars!
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Feb 25, 2012
Even When i Like television better, I think the Oscar's are better that the Emmy's.
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Feb 24, 2012
terranova should have received it

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Feb 25, 2012
The egg everyone is saying to suck on?
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Feb 24, 2012
emmys, of course! i watched almost every show which is nominated, so it's more interesting for me to hear the winners, than the oscar results, when i saw 1 or 2 of the nominated movies.
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Feb 24, 2012
The Emmy's definitely irritate me more by giving the awards to the same winners year after year (Amazing Race), but that's because I CARE about TV shows and their stars that I see week after week in the same role.



So the Emmy's it is.
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Feb 24, 2012
Oscars for me

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Feb 24, 2012
I fastforward and nod off LESS during the Emmy's. So Emmy's it is.
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Feb 23, 2012
Oscars
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Feb 23, 2012
I should add -- while Clooney may not show up for the Emmy Award he gets at this point, that will change , and the Oscars will become more of a snobbish show than the awards for TV, which many, many big screen actors are returning to. The trend will change and the Emmy's take center stage if they start making more and better choices.
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Feb 23, 2012
I'm tempted to say Oscar's, only because the Emmy choices, and especially the winners, have been AWFUL of late in many cases. But then that also happens with the Oscars... so yeah, I'm with SalKhayer -- they both suck eggs.
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Feb 23, 2012
Emmy's all the way!!!
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Feb 23, 2012
Both of them can suck an egg. Rarely are the people that deserve awards ever awarded. And in the case of TV, networks worry too much about what brings in Emmy's and what doesn't thus giving an unfair leg up to a show nobody cares about with a tenth of the viewers, while more popular shows are given the boot. Take a look at Matt Weiner's $100mil vs Walking Dead's budget zombies if you need a better look at what I'm trying to get at.
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Feb 23, 2012
I'm gonna go with Emmys because it is less snobbish and doesn't take itself so seriously. The Oscars has really become a bore lately.
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Feb 23, 2012
Normally I enjoy the Emmys more since they focus on entertaining the audience.



The Oscars are elegant and have the potential to be the best award show but too much time is spent on categories that the general viewing public probably does not care about.. Plus I don't care to hear about agents, etc in acceptance speeches.

Focus on the best movies, actors and directors. Embrace and enhance the past - such as the memorial which is one of my favorite moments.

Only nominate songs if they actually are good - what horrible choices in recent years.



Actually the Golden Globes has been more fun because they involve the audience of stars. I love the candid shots of the 'stars'.who look very 'relaxed'.
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Feb 23, 2012
TV are better than movies most of the time, but when things like LOTR or Dark Night show up there is just no topping them
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Feb 23, 2012
As an avid pop culture anthropologist, I have to say that I adore TV. Nonetheless, the Oscars are by far better than the Emmys, even if I'm less invested in the nominees. The Oscars are just a much more impressive spectacle.
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Feb 23, 2012
Neither. Is neither a valid option? No?
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Feb 23, 2012
This is a tough one, but I'm going to say Emmys, simply because I care more about the outcome. I rarely go to movies, so I don't care much about the Oscar winners. However, each year when the Emmy nominations are announced I want to punch Lady Emmy in her little golden face. Some of the best shows don't get a chance.
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Feb 23, 2012
This is very Hard,i really don't know both are really good..... TIE
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Feb 23, 2012
Get Ricky Gervais to host the Oscars, then we'll talk!



I do care abit more about the Emmy's since the Oscars always go to the most pretentious stuff these days. Although I still haven't forgiven the Emmys for snubbing Amy Poehler, Parks and Louis for their due rewards. Big bang thing isnt that good
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Feb 25, 2012
Ahh, I agree with you more than I am comfortable.
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Feb 23, 2012
Oscars.
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Feb 23, 2012
I love TV better than movies. However, the Emmys do not represent television at its finest while the Oscars do. So, i'm going to have to go with the Oscars! (Twist ending there...didn't even expect that answer out of myself)
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Feb 23, 2012
The Emmys are great, but I just prefer the Oscars. Sure, the right films almost never win (though I was pleased the King's Speech, Colin Firth and Christian Bale all won last year :D) but it's entertaining to watch. Not too excited about this year's though. 2011 was a great year for movies, but the Oscars just didn't nominate them. Drive, Bridesmaids, Shame, We need to ralk about Kevin, HP 7 part 2...not to mention my personal favourite 50/50 :(

Plus the fact that Christopher Nolan was never nominated frustrates me so much, but that doesn't stop me from counting down the days till it's on :)
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Feb 23, 2012
Globes!
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Feb 23, 2012
Pscars fo sho. Emmys are so boring idk, guess i like the spectacle that is the oscars better
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Feb 23, 2012
Community marathon.
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Feb 23, 2012
Emmys this year. 2011 sucked for movies.
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Feb 23, 2012
Oscars for sure. The Emmy's are ok, but The Oscar's are much better planned, and have better performances. It takes a lot of work, and skill to win an Oscar. The Emmy's require less talent and skill. Just compare the acting of the person who won Best Actor/ Actress- Emmy, and Best Actor/ Actress - Academy Award, and you'll see what I mean.
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Feb 23, 2012
Are you denying the talents of Bryan Cranston and Kyle Chandler? BLASPHEMER!
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Feb 23, 2012
I'd have to go with the Emmys because I invest a lot more time watching tv than movies. However, I do love the Oscars too, and make it a point to watch all the best picture nominees.
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Feb 23, 2012
What a stupid question. The Emmys are obviously better.
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Feb 23, 2012
Tim,

Why does your employer toy with your time with having to write such a waste of an article?
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Feb 25, 2012
It isn't a waste, people read it.
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Feb 23, 2012
Tim IS the site. Unlimited powah
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Feb 23, 2012
At least with the Oscars the right movie wins its category (however odd) almost every time. Even if you don't like the movie, it's an art award, which usually goes to the most artistic.



The Emmys seem to latch on to their own favorites and shower them in awards year in and year out. A lot of times, smaller shows with not a lot of popularity get shafted in favor of a ratings juggernaut.



I like movies and tv equally (you have to look for the right movies, just like with TV) so that won't enter in my choice. My vote goes to the OSCARS, for the pageantry and the way the award giving works.
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Feb 23, 2012
Oscars for me.
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Feb 23, 2012
My vote goes to the Emmy's. Mostly because I watch way more TV than movies and only recognize (or have seen) like 2 of the movies nominated in the Oscar's, but I've dabbled in most of the shows featured/nominated at the Emmy's.

Sheer confusion of the Oscar's gives the Emmy's my thumbs up (even if the last one was somewhat dissapointing).
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Feb 23, 2012
The Oscars are better. Although the Oscars have fouled up at times in their choices (No Best Director nod for Christopher Nolan in 2008 or 2010.. DOUBLE FAIL) the Emmy's are even worse. No Nominations for Community, plus they are an extreme creature of habit. The West Wing and Frasier were great but they didn't deserve to win every year that they did and now Modern Family is becoming that eternal darling.
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Feb 23, 2012
I'd love to say Emmys since I'm more TV-centric at the moment but despite the gap narrowing between the two the Oscars still get my vote. It would help if The Big Bang Theory stopped winning so much. Ask me again in five years and I might have changed my mind.
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Feb 23, 2012
Scream Award
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Feb 23, 2012
Oscars. The people who choose the nominees for the Emmy's are terrible, and that puts me off watching them.
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Feb 23, 2012
Neither I mean these shows are so out of touch and most of their picks are so snobbish to me. Everytime I end up watching either I end up so frustrated and angry, I am not saying I have amazing taste in movies or tv but much better than these shows!
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Feb 23, 2012
Put your hands together and pick The Golden Globes! The pageantry of the Oscars, the familiarity of TV, and low key enough for the stars of both to be hilarious! That being said, if I had to pick between these two, I pick the Oscars. I LOVE the Oscars, to see if those who win deserve it, and how good the movies are. Plus, pcsjunior002 is right. How on earth did Glee get nominated over Community?
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Feb 23, 2012
Oscars. Don't get me wrong, I LOVE TV. I also LOVE movies. The Emmys are great, and, like the Oscars, competition is fierce now. But the Oscars have the nominating down to a better science (how did "Glee" get a nomination in the Comedy category over the likes of "Community" or "It's Always Sunny" or even "Cougar Town"?), and it is the best time to see, as you've mentioned above, the likes of George Clooney, Tom Hanks, Will Smith, et all on TV together (though Clooney WAS on our TVs for 5 glorious seasons of "ER"). Plus, it's both together. Good TV events, plus reminiscing on our favourite movies.
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Feb 23, 2012
In recent years, the Emmys have been better than the Oscars , although I think a lot of that has to do with the decline in quality of the actual Academy Award ceremonies. They need a good host *coughcough Neil Patrick Harris (I personally feel he should host every awards ceremony ever. Except the Golden Globes.) coughcough*.

Overall, I have to tip my hat to the Oscars. The history is there, the prestige, the occasional big upsets, actors nominated for movies that didn't make any money (Emmys is all about big money shows). It really depends on the year-hopefully Billy Crystal will do a good job this year.
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Feb 23, 2012
The Emmys because I have a better chance at being familiar with the winners and the shows that are nominated, I rarely ever am up-to-date with the movies that are nominated for Oscars.
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Feb 23, 2012
cause most of the movies nominated in the oscars , were movies that nobody watched,, so for the academy that translates to 'intellectual'' and 'aesthetically pleasing''
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Feb 23, 2012
The Oscars tend to have a great and funny opening but then the rest of the show is a snore,, plus,,for the past couple of years,, they just nominate stupid films (not all of them) - Just because George Clooney is in , or Brad Pitt,,, R u freaking serious???? Moneyball and Descendants did not deserve to be nominated , what about We need to talk about Kevin, What about Drive?? what about Harry Potter and the deathly hallows part2? The academy are all just a bunch of intellectual wannabes . ... So, I guess I prefer the Emmys!
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Feb 23, 2012
Best awards are IMDB scores and TV.com scores (ok, maybe these are not great actually).



Oscars suck because they don't appreciate comedies. Also when films such as Drive and Fight Club (!!!!!!) do not receive any important nominations, it says a lot about the awards...



And as someone mentioned before, Emmys suck because they don't include such shows as Fringe and Community. We all know Dexter is a good show and I like it a lot, but the last season was not really good and is not even in the same continent of quality as Fringe. And still, chances are Dexter will get nominated AGAIN and Fringe will not.
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Feb 23, 2012
I'm going to have to go with the Daytime Emmy Awards for if no other reason than at least a tiny sliver of that pie chart will be devoted to soap operas.
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Feb 23, 2012
Oscars
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Feb 23, 2012
Both suck. But if I have to pick, I would say the Emmys.
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