Let’s start from the very beginning.
Jada Pikett, claimed that Oscars are a “white affair” and boycotts the ceremony with many others joining her cause. The Reventant was the revelation movie of the year with high expectations. Everybody was wondering if Leonardo di Caprio would have finally got what he deserves.
This year Chris Rock was presenting. Right before the beginning of the show Whoopi Goldberg’s been asked if she had some advice for him and she said “Chris knows exactly what to do”, and he knew it. He did it great. Obviously the best way to get over the whole boycott thing was to have a black actor making fun of it and he was absolutely hilarious.
Answering to who told him to quit to support the cause he said
“I thought about quitting. I thought about it real hard. But they’re not going to cancel the Oscars because I quit. And the last thing I need is to lose another job to Kevin Hart.”
well I guess he has bills to pay like everybody else, right? And again…
“This is the 88th Academy Awards. So this whole ‘no black nominees’ thing has happened at least 71 other times…We were too busy being raped and lynched to care about who won best cinematographer.”
We can easily say that Chris rocked the Oscars. And both black and white people in the theatre agreed with that.
This year nobody fell on the stairs and everybody was stunning, kind of serious and not too long. Besides Chris Rock I didn’t really laugh as much as for some other edition but we didn’t miss the chance to hear people talking about politics or social problems.
One of the first winners, Adam McKay (with Charles Randolph) for the Best Adapted Screeplay, in his acceptance speech wared voters against what he called “wirdo billionaires” – any resemblance to real events and/or to real persons, living or dead, is purely coincidental.
Talking about society we touched a couple of important points this year. The LGBT world was part of the show with the amazing interpretation of Eddie Redmayne in “The Danish Girl” (who unfortunately didn’t win because the Accademy had to make ammends with Leonardo) and Sam Smith, who wrongly claimed to be the first openly gay winner, (but we’re not mad at you, you well deserved it whether you were the first or not) who dedicated the prize to the most colorful community in the world.
The other important subject of the night had its highest moment with our National Lady. I have to admit I had goosebumps during Lady Gaga’s performance. Introduced by Vice President Joe Biden who talked about White House campaign “It’s On Us” addressing sexual assaults, Gaga was touching and impeccable as usual, dramatic and moving and with all those sexual-assault survivors she was right, “till it happens to you, you don’t know” how they feel. But not knowing their feelings doesn’t stop many of us to keep fighting for them to be respected and for these abuses to be stopped. That’s why I’m so glad to hear people with louder voices talking about it even for those who are not listened.
My Italian heart was moved for the first, well deserved, Oscar (after six nominations) of our Maestro Ennio Morricone who looked so sweet giving a speech in Italian and dedicating the prize to his wife. You could rightly say “like everybody else”, but seeing this little old man, called fratellino by Quincy Jones, moved and humble even though, as we all know, his music sounds familiar to people all over the world, was simply touching to me.
Anyway I have to say as usual the Academy really doesn’t reward the best one, they have their own scheme to establish the winner and I didn’t quite get it yet.
Mad Max Fury Road, which was kind of in the oblivion already but it doesn’t matter, won 6 statuettes. The Revenant was the one with highest expectations and won just three statuettes (one of which, again, was to make ammends with Leonardo). The Spotlight, one of the best movies, at least won the Best Picture (announced by God himself, Morgan Freeman) and Best Original Screenplay. The Danish Girl, another great movie with a culturally important and interesting story, just won Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role.
I guess I have to stop wondering how this is possible.
The only case I have an explanation for, as I said already, is our beloved Leonardo DiCaprio, who had to almost freeze, sleep inside an animal carcass and eat raw bison to earn a gold statuette after 25 years in the industry. I’m not saying his performance wasn’t good, he was amazing, he surely tried himself to the limit and came out magnificently, he is always great, with no doubt one of the best actors of our generation, but seriously he deserved an Oscar for What’s Eating Gilber Grape just to mention one… he deserved an Oscar for J.Edgar, Revolutionary Road, Django Unchained, The Wolf of Wall Street or Blood Diamond… This one, although deserved, sounded more like a (Early)Lifetime Achievement Award. But we don’t blame you Leo, this was your year, you won everything and you certainly deserved every statuette, globe or whatever you’ll take home to sit on a shelf gathering dust.
And most of all we love you Leo, because in front of a standing ovation, with such a great humility you climbed those stairs and you accepted your prize and you didn’t miss the chance to raise your voice for those who can’t, remembering everybody to not take our planet for granted.
So in conclusion this Oscars Night disappointed again under many aspects but we still had a few beautiful dress to admire on the red carpet. And someone had what he deserved. Not everybody though.