So there we have it; the close of the movie awards season with the 88th Oscars taking place last night at The Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.
A big year for participants and the Oscars themselves, with the latter reeling from criticism on the lack of diversity at this year’s awards. Comedian Chris Rock was chosen to host and spent the opening ten minutes addressing the issue head on, which can be seen here on YouTube in its entirety.
Big winners include Brie Larson who gets to add the Oscars statue, for her role in Room, next to her Golden Globe and Bafta awards. It’s been an incredible year for the actor who up to recently had just broken out into the movie scene with parts in independent movies. In her acceptance speech she said “The thing that I love about movie-making is how many people it takes to make it...Thank you to the moviegoers.”
British actor, Mark “Would It Help?” Rylance pipped Sylvester Stallone to best support actor for his role in the Spielberg film, Bridge of Spies. A trained stage actor, Mark was the first artistic director of The Globe, but after this Oscars win the expectations of seeing more of him on the big screen will certainly increase.
And of course six time nominated and six time overlooked: Leonardo DiCaprio, who finally takes home an Oscar for what could be considered a good performance but not his best (think instead: Aviator, The Departed and/or Django Unchained). The Oscars, however, are just like the movies they honour in that they love a journey and they love a story so an award can sometimes be for being just them, rather the part they play in that year.
The 88th awards will go down hopefully as a historic chapter in the Award’s history with Chris Rock saying “We want opportunities; we want black actors to get the same opportunities… [and] not just once.” Hopefully Hollywood will address the issue, not just for actors, but all areas of film making. Nonetheless, and without wishing to end an important subject with a cliché (yet prosaically we are all tied to) is the unavoidable and unassailable fact that only time will tell.
For the full Oscar results please go to the Official Oscars Website. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>Image of Chris Rock courtesy of YouTube.
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