The 88th Oscars reflected on a year riddled with accusations of racism, misogyny, unnecessary reboots and various other deplorable practices.
Chris Rock’s opening monologue allowed him to address the race issue with his unique brand of funny-but-truthful comedy. Race jokes intended for a white audience likely proved problematic in the writing stages of his speech, but ultimately was a reasonable way to address the elephant in the room. He also commented on the fact that so many people have neglected; there were only white nominees because, this year, there were only a handful of good roles played by minorities. The Oscars aren’t necessarily racist, as Rock points out, Hollywood is.
Beyond the monologue, though, Rock’s hosting proved pretty mediocre; many of his jokes were funny, but a few (specifically the one that paraded three Asian kids and jabbed at child labour) fell flat and seemed unnecessary. The inclusion of his daughter was sweet, but overall he was just too much. He would have been better off limiting himself to one or two sketches, the excess input meant it felt more like The Chris Rock Show than anything else. Finally, his extras added at least 25 minutes to the length of the show, which clocked in at about three hours.
A new feature was added to the show this year in an effort to cut down on time; the producers ran names of thank you lists across the screen. This was a stroke of genius and had everyone asking “why haven’t we always done this?”. It only worked in a few cases, however, because many winners seemed to forget about the feature, thanking each person by name, but it’s the thought that counts, right?
Then there was the issue of Mad Max: Fury Road, which took home six awards, mostly for visual details. As a viewer, it was frustrating to see the nominees, pick your favorite, watch it lose to Fury Road, then repeat, and repeat, and repeat. Although it was a visually stunning film, it would have been nice to see Cinderella take the Oscar for costume design. But the competition was quite stiff across the board.
And then this happened:
The highlight of the night was certainly Leonardo Dicaprio’s win for The Revenant. His acceptance speech earned a standing ovation from the room and the heavy sigh of “finally.” which echoed across the nation. Finally indeed. Congrats, Leo.
Article Submitted By Rachel Hill