Who in their right mind willingly stays up till 5am in the morning watching TV? Evidently me! So after the telethon that was the 88th Academy Awards I have had time to take in the results, the funny moments and the not so funny awkward bits. Chris Rock’s opening set the tone for the evening with moments of topical criticism of the hot potato that was the lack of diversity in the awards; but from my point of view it lost it’s edge when he interviewed cinema goers from Compton who had no idea what any of the films nominated were. Evidently no real diversity amongst the population there!
The surprise winners of the night ensured that “The Revenant” and “Mad Max – Fury Road” didn’t run away with all the awards. The most anticipated award was of course Best Actor and Leonardo DiCaprio finally got the golden statue, a real case of sixth time lucky!
I can’t help wondering whether the controversy surrounding this year’s awards was spurred by an actor throwing their rattle out of the pram because they weren’t nominated or whether there really is an endemic problem with the lack of diversity in the movie business? Is the issue a black issue or are other ethnicities being ignored in Hollywood? Watching the Oscars last night made it seem that the only diversity should be for actors of colour. Thankfully Best Director winner Alejandro González Iñárritu levelled the challenge for all diversity to be fairly represented in the industry.
I really enjoyed the evening and it was made all the better with the appearance of Sascha Baron Cohen in the form of Ali G as he set the record straight for his “Bredren”!!
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