I needed to stay up until 6 a.m. and I am really not sure, whether it was worth it entirely. How to sum it all up? Splendor, glory, fancy people, expensive clothes, red carpet and #OscarsSoWhite all over it – welcome to my recap of the 88th ceremony of the Oscars.
Oscars are all about equality nowadays
I will avoid commenting upon the so-called Red Carpet showing off, which certainly could be the interest of fashion bloggers, but not me. The ceremony of 88th Oscars has opened with Chris Rock’s heavy punchline artillery, which casted a long shadow on the entire event. Rock didn’t halt himself, shooting in all directions, bearing in mind the #OscarsSoWhite drama, which emerged after the noms were announced. So, we’ve heard some harsh comments on Jada Pinkett-Smith’s boycott and a bit of cry out for Michael B. Jordan right from the start. The “black community” must have felt “tingled” several times, when the Oscars’ host was bashing the Academy’s snubs (mainly Straight Outta Compton and Creed) or firing lines like “Hollywood is sorority racist”. Even though it felt really staged, Academy needed to swallow its pride and it still kind of shocked me – the freedom given to Chris Rock was praiseworthy. He even managed to make an important point somewhere between the lines that the point of this whole “White People Choice Awards” is the need for equal chances for all kinds of actors.
I also felt happy that some lesser topics were smartly weaved into the show. I’m glad that Bond-too-street case was brought to the light again, being an aftermath of the lack of nomination for Idris Elba for his tremendous job in Beasts of No Nation. I was charmed by the fact that Sacha Baron Cohen made a comeback of his iconic Ali G, with some splendid one-liners: “I is here representing all of them that’s been overlooked – Will Smith. Idris Elbow. And, of course, that amazing black bloke from Star Wars… Darth Vader.”
The key word to the ceremony was predictability
Sadly, the 88th Oscars ceremony’s results were pretentious and highly predictable. In all its splendor, among the burning comments from Chris Rock, the Academy didn’t manage to really shock. The screenplay winners didn’t come as a surprise – Spotlight was a frontrunner, even though various awards could indicate otherwise before the Oscars. The Big Short was no revelation too. The absolute hegemony of Mad Max: Fury Road in visual and sound categories was also rather pretentious, showing that the Academy didn’t want to make more enemies worldwide – Miller’s film was a safe bet to win them, but still was left form the major competitions. Notwithstanding this fact, the only surprise could be the Special Effects category and its winner, Ex Machina – a triumph of independent cinema at its finest. Glad it happened.
Pixar won the Best Animated Feature, which was eve safer than the visual Oscars for Mad Max: Fury Road. My heart was torn apart as I heard that the Cinematography award was given to Emmanuel Lubezki – again. Roger Deakins’ stunning, exhilarating work on Sicario was snubbed off, but well – I could see that coming. A sort of surprise was Mark Rylance, who seems to be the only real “unpredictability” factor in the entire show. Still, with all the love for Stallone was given for Creed – Rylance was the only good thing about Bridge of Spies, the guy earned it. Contrary to Alicia Vikander, who received the Oscar for a role, which was equally weak as Lawrence’s performance in Joy. Well…
There were some low points
The most terrible choice of the Academy was Sam Smith’s whining song for Spectre, which somehow gained him an Oscar. Apparently, his speech, which was all about “hey, I’m gay and I have an Oscar!” was pitiful and cringeworthy and marked one of the lowest points of the ceremony. We all get it – you’re gay. Nothing to be ashamed off and nothing to brag about. Why to bring it on?
Another weird moment for me was the appearance of C3PO, R2D2 and BB8, which stormed into the stage somewhere in between. It was supposed to be a funny break, but ended up rather confusing. Especially considering the fact, that many people felt confident about the Special Effects Oscar for Star Wars: Force Awakens. Well, Ex Machina, you badass!
Winners of the night
Another great winner of the night was obviously the director of The Revenant, Alejandro Gonzalez Innaritu. There was a slight chance that the Mexican director, who emerges as the most overrated, self-pretentious filmmaker in the modern history, could be beaten by Tom McCarthy, but it all came down to nothing – the Academy, for some unknown reason, is in love with Innaritu. And here’s some funny reaction of Pan’s Labirynth director, Guillermo Del Toro, just when the Oscar landed in his colleague’s hands.
Finally, we have reached the two most important moments of the evening. The Internet went crazy, ardent fans could not stop the cries and 9gagers immediately got down to manufacturing plethora of memes – Leonardo DiCaprio won an Oscar. Arguably, role of Mr. Glass in The Revenant was not his career’s best, but let’s be honest – could we imagine a different scenario? The only true contender was Michael Fassbender, but Steve Jobs was a fatal flop. Nevertheless, none of us can say again that we have as many Oscars as Leo. Well, no more of that ego boost guys.
The last category’s winner, named the best film of the last year, was McCarthy’s Spotlight. And I am proud to say that it was my guess from the beginning of the Oscar race. A safe choice, proving that the key to 88th ceremony was predictability. And just a few words on this whole #OscarsSoWhite shitstorm – filmmakers are all artists, no matter where they are from or what do they represent. And this whole whining about the white people dominance – someone apparently did forget what happened with Steve McQueen’s 12 years a Slave. The Oscars should be promoting art, not equality, climate change or LGBT situation. We’re missing a point I believe.
Here’s the full list of the winners:
Actor in the leading role: Leonardo DiCaprio
Actress in the leading role: Brie Larson
Director: Alejandro Gonzalez Innaritu
Supporting Actress: Alicia Vikander
Supporting Actor: Mark Rylance
Animated Feature: Inside Out
Original Screenplay: Spotlight
Adapted Screenplay: Big Short
Foreign Language Film: Son of Saul
Animated Short: The Bear Story
Live Action Short: Stutterer
Documentary Short: A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness
Cinematography: Emmanuel Lubezki
Visual Effects: Ex Machina
Makeup: Mad Max
Film editing: Mad Max
Costume Design: Mad Max
Sound mixing: Mad Max
Original Song: Sam Smith
Production Design: Mad Max
Sound editing: Mad Max
Score: Ennio Morricone