One week later, here I am with my review for the 89th Academy Awards (and yes, I will be discussing THAT moment!).
For starters, this review took me a long time because I wasn´t sure if I wanted to write it or not. Don´t get me wrong I love movies but I feel as if the ceremonies have become to political for my taste and along the way we have a lost a little of what made these shows so great: the oportunity to celebrate talent and dedication. So here are the moments I loved and those that while I didn´t necesarily hated felt like they were a little overdone and just plain boring and-or akward.
So, I´m usually one to love the OScars but I have to say that in the case of this year´s show the bad outweighted the good by a lot and that kinda makes me feel bad (no pun intended) For starters and putting aside the opening monologue I felt like Jimmy Kimmel fell flat for the most part of the show and let´s not even mention the cringe-worthy moment of the "surprise" tour, which was extremely awkard. Also while I know that 90% of Hollywood is against Trump, and honestly so am I (I hate him as much as the next person does) the fact that most of the Show was one huge political speech took away from the fact that the Oscars are meant to celebrate the movie industry not the political one.
Leaving politics aside, I loved the fact that this year´s ceremony showed a lot more diversity, with actors like Mahershala Ali and Dev Patel nominated for best and supporting actors; demonstrating that talent comes from anywhere (and yes, I know that Dev Patel is british but he comes from an Indian family so he still counts). While I haven´t seen Moonlight, the fact that it´s a movie with a strong subject and an all-black cast demonstrates that Hollywood is willing, to the hapiness of those who have criticized the industry for many years, to become much more inclusive that it has been until now.
Moving on to my favorite part: The La La Land nominations. Now, if you know me, you know how much I love musicals and the stories they tell so this is why La La Land is a touchy subject for me. I love Damien Chazelle and I love the fact that he chose to take the risk a make a movie that is NOT based on a broadway musical. Up until a couple of years ago musicals were solidly directed to a specific audience: those who loved musical theather. But since Hamilton: An American Musical premiered, Broadway has become a huge cultural reference and hence that fact that La La Land gathered so much hype. Like many musical-based movies La La Land tells a beautiful story of following your dreams no matter the cost and through the eyes of Mia and Sebastian we learned that sometimes we have to willingly sacrifice those things we love most to be able to reach those dreams. In my opinion, La La Land was looking to prove that musicals deserve to be nominated for Best Picture because they can tell a story as well as any other movie can, especially if we take into cosideration the fact that the last movie-musical to be nominated for an Oscar was Chicago in 2002. So who knows, maybe five year from now and out of the nine movies to be nominated for Best Picture two or three will be musicals.
To finish this review let´s tackle THAT moment (you know the one were Bonnie and Clyde* pulled one last crime by accidentally naming the wrong winner) yes that moment. While many of us think that choosing who´s gonna win the awards is an easy task it turns out it isn´t; after the results are counted by hand, you know so the results don´t blow up all over the internet before the Ceremony, two sets of envelopes are created for the day of the show and what happened in that moment (which I refuse to compare to what happened to Steve Harvey in the Miss Universe) was that the person responsible for handing the envelope to Warren Beaty forgot to switch the envelope and this resulted in the meme-inducing moment that will probably will go down in history as one of the most awkard moments in the history of the ceremony (Altough both movies deserved the award)
So this is all for my 89th Academy Awards review and I hope you enjoyed it.
*If you watch classic movies you will proably understand this refrence.