There are awards for makeup, sound effects, and styling—why not honor the people who helped craft the stars' bodies too?
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The splashiest headlines from the annual Academy Awards may usually be about the people in front of the camera (and, uh, things like the Best Picture mix-up of 2016), but there are plenty of honorable Oscars going to the people who do tons of work BTS. You can win an Oscar for makeup and hairstyling, one for costume design, or one for visual effects. But what about the people who help transform the actors and actresses before they set foot on set?
Yep, we're talking about personal trainers. It's no secret that celebs make major changes to their bodies for certain roles—whether they're required to gain or lose weight, get toned, or bulk up. (Case in point: these amazing celeb body transformations done for movie roles.) Some celebs might know a thing or two about training themselves, but many rely on personal trainers to get in top shape and see the results they need, fast. (And there are plenty of actors and actresses who try to lose weight on their own, and put their health at risk in the process.) That's why Reebok president Matt O'Toole is asking John Bailey, the president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (the org who runs the Academy Awards, ICYDK), to add an academy award for "Best Personal Trainer."
O'Toole's letter, which is published on the Reebok website, calls for the Academy to honor the "unsung heroes of summer blockbusters" who have helped "propel our favorite artists to fame and fortune."
"There are hundreds of major motion picture actors and actresses that transform their bodies for roles each year. Fans cheer for them during thrilling stunt scenes and weep for them when their characters lose a pinnacle fight," writes O'Toole. "While their performances are lauded, their practice is not. The best scenes and storylines today often require amazing physical transformations, and actors and actresses rely heavily on a small field of expert trainers to get them in fighting, flying, and filming shape." (Really—you'd be amazed at what kind of training it takes to be a stuntman or woman.)
"The Academy should celebrate the craft of fitness."
You could argue that this opens the door to a whole new sector of Academy Awards. If we honor the personal trainers, should we also honor the parents of the actors? The acting coaches? The personal chefs and nutritionists?
But whether or not Reebok's effort results in a new Oscar, we can totally get behind the idea of celebrating the hard work of trainers everywhere. They help propel celebrities—and normal humans like us—toward a longer, healthier, and happier life. They put up with us before we've had caffeine, when we have a total case of the Mondays, or when we'd much rather be watching the finale of The Bachelorette. (This Reebok video will really make you feel the trainer love.)
Why not add another award to the already-too-long-to-stay-awake-for ceremony? At the very least, it'll serve up some extra motivation for our Oscars viewing party workout game.