I enjoyed watching the beautiful people in amongst an otherwise uneventful and relatively bland Oscars 2016.
There were a few standouts and a few blowouts.
Chris Rock was an O.K host. He didn’t push the boundaries too hard. The black elephant in the room was addressed immediately. Most of his opening monologue tackled it. Threw jokes at it. And he didn’t hold back when bringing up racism in Hollywood. Asking if Hollywood was racist.
“You’re damn right Hollywood is racist. Not the burning-cross racist. Hollywood is sorority racist.”
He continued to hammer home the diversity issue to a point where it became too much. But he’s not stupid. Doing so will bring more publicity.
Lady Gaga nailed it with her powerful Oscar-nominated song “Wouldn’t You Know.” There wasn’t a dry eye in the house.
Sacha Baron Cohen’s Ali G made a comeback and as only he could, talked about the lack of diversity asking why “the little yellow people with small dongs were not nominated”…he was, of course, referring to The Minions.
Sarah Silverman, who looked beautiful, was off key with some weird James Bond jokes that sent twitter into near meltdown.
Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe nailed it in one of the first intros when they presented Best Adapted Screenplay. No-one plays better deadpan that Ryan Gosling.
Unless it’s Steve Carrell who presented the Best Production Design Oscar with Tina Fey in a ‘drunk’ skit.
Margot Robbie’s nerves may have gotten the better of her as she bolted off her mark in a walking/talking presentation with Jared Letto who thankfully reigned her back in. Unfortunately, it’s never a good look when a presenter makes a joke and has to tell the audience to “think about it”. Twice.
Mad Max cleaned up in a number of awards. Good to see the Australian connection there.
Sound Editor Mark Mangini didn’t clean up nor edit his own sound when he dropped the F-bomb on his way up to collect his Oscar with David White for Best Sound Editing on Max Max. “Fen Mad Max, yeah!!” he yells as he grabs his Oscar. Classy. In retrospect he did say backstage that he may have crossed the line: “I’m gonna hear it from my wife, so that’s as big a regret as one can have.”
His co-winner Australian David White said: “It’s pretty intense up there, you know….it’s typically Australians that do the swearing. So the fact that I didn’t swear, I deserve the Oscar just for that..”
F yea. I agree.
Spotlight won best picture in what was a popular crowd choice. A drama about the sexual abuse scandal in the Catholic Church.
Best Director went to Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu (“The Revenant”) who received a standing ovation for his back to back win. (last year he won for “Birdman”). He delivered a really sincere speech talking about equality which went well past his allotted time. The orchestra played him off and played themselves out…I like to think they stopped out of professional courtesy. Why would the director of the Oscars cut short a fellow director?
The group of nominees for Best Actress all gave stunning performances in their individual films. Powerful stuff. The winner was Brie Larson (“Room”).
And then I have to admit to feeling a little nervous for the crushingly charismatic and handsome Leo when it came time for the Best Actor Oscar. I was hoping he would win. His performance in The Revenant (see our review here)was exceptional. I felt a little gushy. And when he won I clapped. I didn’t realise I was such a fan. Nor did I realise I was gushy. Well, it’s a first for both of us.
His seemingly off the cuff thank-you speech was humble and right on point. He finished with a rousing plea on climate change.
I think he is America’s Hugh Jackman.
Until next year…..
List of 2016 Oscar Winners:
Best Picture: “Spotlight”
Direction: “The Revenant,” Alejandro G. Iñárritu
Actor: Leonardo DiCaprio, “The Revenant”
Actress: Brie Larson, “Room”
Supporting Actor: Mark Rylance, “Bridge of Spies”
Supporting Actress: Alicia Vikander, “The Danish Girl”
Adapted Screenplay: “The Big Short,” Charles Randolph and Adam McKay
Original Screenplay: “Spotlight,” Josh Singer and Tom McCarthy
Cinematography: “The Revenant,” Emmanuel Lubezki
Production Design: “Mad Max: Fury Road,” Colin Gibson and Lisa Thompson (set decoration)
Film Editing: “Mad Max: Fury Road,” Margaret Sixel
Visual Effects: “Ex Machina,” Andrew Whitehurst, Paul Norris, Mark Ardington and Sara Bennett
Costume Design: “Mad Max: Fury Road,” Jenny Beavan
Makeup: “Mad Max: Fury Road,” Lesley Vanderwalt, Elka Wardega and Damian Martin
Sound Editing: “Mad Max: Fury Road,” Mark Mangini and David White
Sound Mixing: “Mad Max: Fury Road,” Chris Jenkins, Gregg Rudloff and Ben Osmo
Score: “The Hateful Eight,” Ennio Morricone
Song: “Writing’s on the Wall,” from “Spectre,” Jimmy Napes and Sam Smith
Foreign Language Film: “Son of Saul” (Hungary)
Animated Feature: “Inside Out”
Documentary Feature: “Amy”
Animated Short: “Bear Story”
Documentary Short: “A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness”
Live Action Short: “Stutterer”