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So that’s it. We are done for another year. The awards season is over and we can all go back to talking about movies with explosions in them now. The Oscars, aka Hollywood’s biggest night, has finally put a full stop on the battle for accolade supremacy- well for a few months at least.
The big winner of the night was Birdman which picked up Best Director, Original Screenplay, Cinematography and (the biggie) Picture. The Grand Budapest Hotel also had a great night walking away with four gongs in technical categories. Looking back over the Oscar season it is undoubtable that we have been treated to some brilliant films, but whether they’ll hold up as classics in the years to come is anyone’s guess.
Unfortunately it seems like this year may also be remembered for what didn’t win as much as what did. Throughout the ‘season’ there has been talk about the lack of diversity in nominees and winners (a fact not missed by host Neil Patrick Harris ‘tonight we celebrate Hollywood’s best and whitest- err I mean brightest’). Critical hit ‘Selma’ was left with no major awards in upset that harkens back to The Colour Purple’s infamous shut out. The hashtag #oscarssowhite trended worldwide on twitter after the nominations were announced. And Oscar president Cheryl Boone Isaacs was left red faced having to answer diversity questions in every interview.
It was a funny Oscar night, with everyone running long on their speeches (more so then usual) and just as many bellowing out a cause they support -some hastily, after they finished thanking their agents. Causes given air time included: suicide awareness, supporting volunteer workers, Alzheimer’s disease, gay rights and a huge shout for equal pay for women from Patricia Arquette. But perhaps the best moment of the night was the was a standing ovation inducing ‘Glory’ performance by Common and John Legend with backing singers dressed as Selma marchers which left many (including Britain’s own David Oyelowo) in tears. This ran almost right into them winning for best original song. Common and Legend gave impassioned speeches speaking of the continued struggle for equality and how more black people are in US jails than were enslaved in 1850 -no mention of agents here. This more than anything put the night into perspective. The fight for equality in everyday life (in the US and all over the world) goes on, so it looks like we might still have to wait a while before we can say that the Oscars aren’t so white.
– Dylan Wiggan