Awards shows - Reality TV?

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Can we discuss whether award shows should be tagged with the Reality TV genre? Does IMDb have a position on this?

This year's Oscars and Golden Globes currently have the genre listed.

I think award shows aren't usually considered Reality TV and shouldn't be listed as such. They are specials or a genre of their own. Awards Show was one of the genres that was meant to be added a few years ago.
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Peter: I would say that award shows such as the Oscars and Golden Globes definitely do not fit in the genre of Reality TV.

IMDb defines the Reality TV genre as follows:
Features non-professionals in an unscripted, but generally staged or manipulated, situation. May or may not use hidden cameras; generally, but not always, in a non-studio setting. Objective.
Hardly anything about the Oscars or the Golden Globes fits into that definition. The performers are professional actors, and the shows are largely scripted except that the identities of the award winners and their acceptance speeches are not known in advance.

Reality TV shows typically are heavily edited in order to create a storyline from the actions of the participants, whereas award shows are often broadcast live.

By contrast, the IMDb staff approved the following definition for the Awards Show genre in 2010 or 2011:
Predominantly, but not exclusively, TV shows whose primary focus is on announcing and/or presenting awards for work that occurred before the show and that happened independent of the existence of that show. Non-fiction, generally live or taped live with minimal editing.
It's unfortunate that we have not been able to have the Awards Show genre implemented (see, but clearly it has no real connection to the Reality TV genre. I would recommend deleting the Reality TV genre from any awards shows that it has been erroneously added to. It would be better for the Oscars and Golden Globes broadcasts to have no genre attached than to have the Reality TV genre attached because Reality TV is not appropriate for them.
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Hi Peter,

Yes we would agree, this shouldn't be added to awards shows. I've now removed it from this year's Oscars and Golden Globes title pages.

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