This year’s Academy Awards were the weirdest Oscars Ceremony I’ve ever seen, and I almost liked it for once.
Look I’ll admit that I don’t like the Oscars. Much like the Grammys and Emmys, they pander to a certain niche market and very rarely make exceptions. I wasn’t even planning on watching them but then I remembered I write for VergeCampus and realized I didn’t have a choice.
I’m just gonna do some quick commentaries on different winners, and what moments made me wanna throw a table, and what moments didn’t. In the end, movies are movies and they only mean as much as we let them. There’s a bunch of movies I wish would’ve been recognized, but they never would be. But in the end, does it really matter what a group of people in some Hollywood offices think about movies? Keep on loving your favorite movies and hate the ones you hate!
Lets look at some winners:
Best makeup: Suicide Squad.
ARE YOU ACTUALLY SERIOUS??? Look I didn’t even hate this movie. I thought it was enjoyably stupid, but the fact that it was even nominated made me cringe. The idea of Suicide Squad was the only redeemable quality of it, and it failed in almost every aspect of its execution with terrible character building and really bad effects and uninteresting costumes. In my opinion, Jared Leto’s Joker performance was so bad that I wanted to leave the theater…and I kinda wish I had. I had lost all hope for the Oscars when The Lego Movie wasn’t nominated for Best Animated Feature in 2015, and this win by Suicide Squad only helped solidify it.
Best Animated Feature: Zootopia
Okay okay I liked Zootopia but it was in no way better than Moana in my opinion. I think the animation was on point and had a good story, but it often felt a little too innocent, while Moana was so perfectly deep on multiple levels in terms of character dimension, and the music is just so superb that I was very disappointed by this win. I would’ve also been happy to have seen the win go to Kubo and the Two Strings even though I haven’t seen it, and that’s because stop-motion animation doesn’t get promoted enough anymore, and if it doesn’t get the recognition it deserves at the Oscars, it will not receive anymore funding.
Jimmy Kimmel must never host again. Especially not his boring talk show.
Best Supporting Actor: Mahershala Ali
Moonlight is a masterpiece and everyone involved with it should receive some kind of accolade. Ali’s performance was nothing short of fantastic, and he has such a grounded presence in his scenes rafhat made each moment equally captivating. My issue is that he’s not really in the movie that much. When he’s in it, he’s great, but in the end, he has about 5-8 minutes of screen time. Then again, the fact that when we bring up his name now, it will be associated with Moonlight and not The Hunger Games, makes me happy any day.
Best Supporting Actress: Viola Davis
Unfortunately I never got a chance to see the film adaption of Fences, but I have read the play, and I’ve seen many clips of Davis performing it on Broadway. Needless to say she deserves every award she’s gotten for her performance, including the Oscar.
Best Actor: Casey Affleck
The moment his name was announced, everyone in the room I was sitting in fell silent. I didn’t know whether to be shocked, angry or disappointed. In end, I was more surprised by my own reaction along with everyone else’s. Did we really expect the Oscars to take into account anything regarding scandals? The lawsuits filled against him in 2010 by producer Amanda White and DP Magdalena Gorka were met first with a counter lawsuit by Affleck himself, but it was later settled out of court to both parties’ satisfaction. The settlement prevents Affleck from legally talking about it, and he’s tried to ignore it as much as possible. I’m not impressed with the academy choosing to nominate him or voting for him to win, mainly because flatly chooses to ignore big picture issues. Hollywood is filled with scandal after scandal, and often, very little is done about it. If high ranking officials aren’t willing to take a stand against these atrocities, and make certain people ineligible for awards or even jobs because of accusations. As time goes on, and nothing is ever done to stop it, it will prevent victims to be willing to speak out, and less and less people will believe it. Hollywood is very influential in America’s pop culture, and the more it chooses to carelessly ignore the conflicts of its own workforce, their credibility and respect will shrink.
Best Actress: Emma Stone
Okay this was a surprise. It’s not that Emma Stone was bad in La La Land, but she wasn’t really stellar either. When I think of that movie, neither performance really comes to mind. She does a fine job, but overall, didn’t take many risks. Unfortunately, I didn’t get to see any of the other movies that actresses were nominated for, and so there’s no commentary I can really make on who I think deserved it. No one in the room I was in thought it should’ve gone to Stone.
Best Picture: Moonlight
Geez, this was quite the awkward moment. I’ll say that before they announced the winner, I was indifferent to whether La La Land or Moonlight would win. I loved them both and thought they both deserved it on different merits. When they first announced La La Land, a lot of people shouted in the room. When the M. Night Shyamalan twist revealed itself, the cheers erupted in the room. I’m still at a loss for words as to how we were supposed to react. Needless to say, I think we all witnessed what will become the most talked about moment in Oscar history. Moonlight and La La Land are both great films, but Moonlight sheds light on much more significant stories in our world, and it is a film that will be talked about for many years to come. From gorgeous cinematography, to beautiful music, and mind blowing performances, Moonlight is a treasure of cinema.
Jimmy Kimmel, I still think you’re a boring talk show host. Let Matt Damon take over.
And stop nominated Meryl Streep every other year…We get it, she’s good.