And so awards season comes to an end. Last night was the 90th Academy Awards, and Jimmy Kimmel hosted again. The red carpet was pretty boring as far as interviews went. I was watching E!, and it honestly felt like their weakest coverage in years. On another screen was ABC’s All Access, where virtually nothing happened. Why do they insist on showing us tweets?!
By the end of the red carpet, it felt like a lot of people were missing and very few relevant interviews were given. In fact, Best Actress nominees and few others did not even show up for E! interviews, so you see. The Globes’ red carpet in contrast, was far superior in my opinion. But at least there were plenty of fabulous dresses, which we’ll get to in a minute! And there was Doug Jones. Daniela Vega. Kidman and Bullock, bless. And James Ivory with his flawless shirt.
Best Dressed at the Red Carpet
The ceremony itself was a mix of highs and lows for me. Jimmy Kimmel lacked the bite we need in a comedy driven ceremony, and apart from a few good jokes, most were predictable in a speech that felt way to safe. During serious notes I honestly thought the words lacked conviction and the overall tone was “please don’t be mean to me, I’m saying all the things I ought to say“, while never really getting into any of it. It was no easy task by any means, for him and everyone responsible for the ceremony, but they literally have worldwide creative talent at their disposal. I’m tired of making excuses for the people who claim to be kings of show business.
But while some funny skits were unimpressive (as cute as Del Toro looked holding the end of a six-foot sub, this kind of act is getting repetitive), the tribute montages were beautiful. Except for the military one which, not only it was random, but also it was utterly uninspiring – which is crazy as there are actually a lot of great war movies.
The highlight would of course be the diversity montage, hitting that sweet spot between sad and funny and beautiful. Giving Beatty and Dunaway a second chance was a nice touch. Plus I learned one shocking and amazing fact: Maya Rudolph is married to Paul Thomas Anderson??? HOW did I not know this?! Here are a few more of my favourite moments of the night:
Best Moments – Presenters, Speeches,
and Off Camera details
+ Eva Marie Saint made my night with just her presence, but of course at 93 she had to be more energetic and wittier than all of us. I’m older than the Academy really puts things in perspective, doesn’t it?
+ The true fashion statements of the night, Laura Dern’s and Lupita’s fabulous eyeglasses
+ People laughing at the clip of Manville’s character putting DDL’s in his place because we all agree he was the most annoying male character of 2017
+ All the hugs and hand holding: Oscar Isaac hugging Gael Garcia Bernal; Meryl Streep, Margot Robbie, Saoirse Ronan and Sally Hawkins in a group hug; Dern and Gerwig holding hands; and Gal Gadot and Margot Robbie also holding hands like the most excited BFFs
+ Sam Rockwell thanking everyone who has ever looked at a billboard
+ Jordan Peele’s emotions walking out of the stage with the Oscar for Best Original Screenplay, and press room answers
+ Helen Mirren on a jet ski
+ Allison Janney’s whole speech starting with I did it all by myself
+ Tiffany Haddish (wearing the same dress she wore at SNL) and Maya Rudolph with their gutter humour (which McDormand loved), being hilarious and effectively waking everyone up. #OscarsTooBlack?
+ McDormand taking action was the highlight of course, and again, setting the Oscar down (which was stolen for a moment?!) puts things in perspective. That was one crazy laugh but I like her kookiness.
+ Rachel Shenton‘s acceptance speech with sign language for The Silent Child (Best Short Film Live Action)
+ Gina Rodriguez and Tom Holland being THE MOST JOYFUL, CUTEST PRESENTER PAIRING, no competition even, do not fight me on this.
+ and finally, the best moment of the night – Del Toro checking if he actually did win BP.
The winners, the “losers”, and the snubs
The awards themselves went largely as expected. Get Out picking up Best Original Screenplay was life. I’m happy for Rockwell, McDormand, and Janney – I still think Oldman was not good at all, but I was emotionally prepared for that win, so whatever. Best Makeup and Hairstyling for Darkest Hour however, when my first thought was how much he did NOT look like Churchill, is a joke. Dunkirk got three Oscars, and since one was for editing, I can deal.
I guess I need to see Coco, right? Of course Sufjan didn’t win, but at least neither did This is Me (sorry). I still wish Logan or even The Disaster Artist had won Best Adapted Screenplay because they were both shamelessly robbed of nominations this year, but CMBYN had a moving story and I did love it so it’s… well, it’s *almost* fine.
Roger Deakins got his long overdue Oscar for Best Cinematography (I keep writing Best because no one’s got time for Achievement in okay – and that was another funny moment with Foster btw), and so justice has been made. Alexandre Desplat got Original Score and you know he’s in my Top 3 of the year, but Zimmer should’ve won that award; if there was a movie this year where the score was crucial, it was Dunkirk.
kick it open and come in.
Finally, Best Directing and Motion Picture. As I said, I love Del Toro, I could never be mad. I do wish Nolan had won, but then again, this was a very strong category for me. And I actually enjoyed The Shape of Water so, while it wasn’t my favourite, I couldn’t fault the Academy for that vote either. Plus, AGAIN, how precious is Del Toro?! I can’t get over this, I’m sorry.
His speeches were also some of the loveliest of the night – truly inspiring and proof that there is a lot good left in Hollywood. Oh, and just look at Sally Hawkins’ reactions. Alright that’s all, folks! The 90th Academy Awards had some great moments, but they mostly came from the attendees and not the production, which is a bit disappointing.