Wow just wow, those were my first thoughts after last night’s Academy Awards. There is so much to unpack, put on display and to love from the show.
First, how did I do on with my predications? I went 4 for 7, and the 3 I missed, my spoiler was the winner so I’ll pat myself on the back.
I liked the hostless format of the ceremony. This year the show was the shortest in years and we didn’t have to deal with the additional skits or jokes that were not landing. The format gave the major awards more time for thank you speeches and less time for the technical awards.
Now to the elephant in the room, Green Book (or Tony and Don as I will call it) winning Best Picture: good movie, well-acted with a racially insensitive plot. In other words just what The Academy loves and needs to break up with. However, this was the 1st Oscar win as a producer for Octavia Spencer.
Now for the love fest; This year’s Winners were full of first-time winners, women and people of color from all around the world.
Spike Lee and Team for Best Adapted Screenplay BlacKkKlansman. His first Oscar in his 41-year career and he made sure he told them to “Do the Right thing.” From Sam Jacksons “Oh sh*t!” to the off the floor hug, this is how you celebrate your friend winning.
Mahershala Ali picks up his 2nd Oscar for Best Supporting Actor in Green Book, as I said in my prediction: post love or hate the movie his performance was outstanding.
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, Best Animated Feature Film. A movie about an Afro-Latino teenager becoming Spider-Man and it gave Peter Ramsey the first African American animation director this award.
Alfonso Cuarón had multiple wins for Cinematography, Director and Best Foreign Language film for Roma. Not his first Oscar but this film deserves all its accolades. I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention Netflix, the first streaming content producer to win Oscars.
The Marvel Universe has been nominated in technical awards several times in their 11-year history; this year marked their first Oscars and tied for the most awarded movie of the night.
Black Panther also won the award for Original Score by Ludwig Goransson, one of Ryan Coogler’s oldest friends. Three well deserved winners.
I loved how the awards were spread around this year with three movies tied for most awards at 3 each. It appears they tried to award all the movies that were nominated for Best Picture. The Oscar recipients reflect the awesome work these artists produced but more importantly they reflect the change in the academy’s voting members. It took a few years but #oscarssowhite finally reaped benefits. Let’s hope that next year we don’t swing back to what we were fighting against.
For a full list of winners and acceptance speeches visit https://oscar.go.com/winners.