The 88th Academy Awards (The Oscars) took place last night and I thought it would be fun to share some of my favorite looks. Click through to get a glimpse!
Chris Rock’s opening monologue was something to remember (watch it here). I personally thought he kind of went overboard, especially in his criticism of Jada Pinkett-Smith in saying that she was boycotting the Oscars because of her husband’s snub. In my opinion, Jada’s boycotting should be commended because her message is much larger than a personal issue and she has every right to speak to the issue of representations of black people (and other people of color) in media.
Rock also spoke to Hollywood’s racism, describing writers, producers, etc. as “Sorority Racist” – meaning that if Hollywood were a Sorority, the excuse for not accepting people of color would be, “We like you, Wanda, but you’re not a Kappa.” Other highlights included Chris’s comment on Rocky being a science-fiction movie because it takes place in a world where white athletes are as good as black athletes; recognizing Paul Giamatti’s acting range from being a cruel racist slave master in Twelve Years a Slave to a supportive agent in Straight Outta Compton); and bringing out Stacey Dash to say, “I can not wait to help my people out. Happy Black History Month.” Angela Bassett also honored Jack Black in the Oscar’s edition of the Black History Month Minute and Rock was able to raise $65, 243 for his daughter’s girl scout troop with the help of Girl Scouts of Los Angeles. AND LEONARDO DICAPRIO WON HIS FIRST OSCAR!!!
Cheryl Boone Isaacs also gave a speech, reminding members of The Academy that it is not enough to just listen and agree, but that we must take action. She also noted that each industry professional is an ambassador and must shape and influence the future of Cinema Arts so that we can all be proud. Joe Bidden also took the stage to encourage everyone to pledge to intervene in situations where consent has not or cannot be given (ItsOnUs.org) right before Lady Gaga’s moving performance of “Happens to You,” surround by survivors of abuse and assault.
I thought the show was great and I’m really glad that several speakers used the opportunity to address serious issues. Surprisingly, the LA Times thought the show was a “hot mess,” but also “powerful, confounding, and possibly revolutionary.” Read about it here. Keep reading for the complete list of winners.
- Best Original Screenplay: Josh Singer & Tom McCarthy (Spotlight)
- Best Adapted Screenplay: Charles Randolph & Adam McKay (The Big Short)
- Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role: Alicia Vikander (The Danish Girl – 1st Oscar and Nomination)
- Best Costume Design: Jenny Beavan (Mad Max: Furry Road)
- Best Production Design & Set Decoration: Colin Gibson & Lisa Thompson (Mad Max: Fury Road – 1st Oscar)
- Best Makeup & Hair Styling: Lesley Vanderwalt, Elka Wardega, & Damian Martin (Mad Max: Fury Road)
- Achievement in Cinematography: Emmanuel Lubezki (The Revenant)
- Achievement in Film Editing: Margaret Sixel (Mad Max: Fury Road – 1st Oscar)
- Achievement in Sound Editing: Mark Mangini & David White (Mad Max: Fury Road)
- Achievement in Sound Mixing: Chris Jenkins, Gregg Rudloff, & Ben Osmo (Mad Max: Fury Road)
- Achievement in Visual Effects: Andrew Whitehurst, Paul Norris, Mark Ardington & Sara Bennett (Ex Machina)
- Best Animated Short Film: Gabriel Osorio & Pato Escala (Bear Story)
- Best Animated Feature Film: Pete Docter & Jonas Rivera (Inside Out)
- Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role: Mark Rylance (Bridge of Spies – 1st Oscar)
- Best Documentary Short Film: Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy (A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness)
- Best Documentary Feature: Asif Kapadia & James Gay-Rees (Amy)
- Best Live Action Short Film: Benjamin Cleary & Serena Armitage (Stutterer)
- Best Foreign Language Film: László Nemes (Son of Saul – Hungary)
- Best Original Score: Ennio Morricone (The Hateful Eight)
- Best Original Song: Writings on the Wall by Jimmy Napes & Sam Smith (Spectre)
- Achievement in Directing: Alejandro G. Iñáritu (The Revenant)
- Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role: Brie Larson (Room – 1st Oscar)
- Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role: Leonardo DiCaprio (The Revenant – 1st Oscar!!!!!!!!)
- Best Picture: Michael Sugar, Steve Golin Nicole Rocklin & Blye Pagon Faust (Spotlight)