Needless to say, as seems to be the running theme of 2017 so far, the Oscars was loud this year. Filled with political statements big and small, gargantuan mess-ups, which are leading some to believe that we are definitely living within a Matrix situation that’s glitching out, and extra bits which were obvious and pathetic attempts to go viral… with some success.
So when there’s a tonne of noise like this, what we’re increasingly learning is to ask ‘Where should we really be looking? What did we miss?’ For us, some of the most important things are those which are equally political as well as those that are landmarks for the art form which the Academy Awards is supposed to celebrate: Film.
The Academy Award record for longest losing streak was broken – and you probably didn’t even see it
The lost awards that nobody cares about: the post-production awards. So, they often cut it out of the shortened version for television or just do them in edited quick succession at the end.
Sound-mixer Kevin O’Connell had been nominated a record number 20 times without a win. And on his 21st nomination, he finally won for his work on Hacksaw Ridge. Some of his previous work includes Top Gun, A Few Good Men, Pearl Harbor, Armageddon, Memoirs of a Geisha, and Apocalypto.
There’s one for your next film quiz.
Here’s a list of people who have won the same amount of Oscars as Suicide Squad (excluding Honoraries)
(Now, finally) Kevin O’Connell, Hayao Miyazaki, Julie Andrews, Morgan Freeman, Martin Scorsese, Helen Mirren, Charlie Chaplin, Ennio Morricone, Leonardo DiCaprio, Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt, Audrey Hepburn, Emeric Pressburger, Whoopi Goldberg, Marion Cotillard, Anthony Hopkins, Bing Crosby, Julianne Moore, Steve McQueen, Sofia Coppola, Colin Firth, Julia Roberts, Sophia Loren, Prince, Robin Williams, Roberto Benigni, Nicolas Cage, Al Pacino, Jeff Bridges, Danny Boyle, Susan Sarandon, John Lasseter and okay, I think you might get my point.
Shame on you Academy Awards. Although that’s a prejudged list based on my own opinions, I think most can agree that the above people have had pretty legendary careers so far. The make-up wasn’t even that impressive…
Streaming Services won their first Oscars
Only to prove that they are increasingly becoming the future of cinema, as much as we want to deny it.
Amazon Studios won two awards for Manchester by the Sea (Best Actor and Original Screenplay) which they produced and one for The Salesman (Best Foreign Language) which they distributed in the US. Netflix, in case you missed it in the banner on your last binge, won one for The White Helmets (Best Documentary in the Short Subject).
We imagine this will be their first of many, as in recent years both have dominated the television categories in similar awards shows. It’s only the natural progression, though we hope both will continue to stay true to the cinema release tradition and experience.
Brie Larson refused to clap for Casey Affleck
As is the tradition with the Academy Awards, the previous winner of the Best Actress category announces the winner of the Best Actor category and vice versa.
There has been a tonne of controversy about Casey Affleck dominating the awards season for his performance in Manchester by the Sea due to sexual assault allegations from 2 separate women in 2010. Brie Larson is an advocate for victims of sexual assault and as was tradition, she announced and presented Casey Affleck with his award. But did just that; gave it to him, stood to the side and did not clap or smile.
Simple, but effective. She did the same at the Golden Globes too.
For the first time, neither Pixar or Dreamworks were nominated this year in the Best Animated Feature Category
The Best Animated Feature category has only existed since 2001, and both Pixar and Dreamworks have always dominated it. For the first time since this category has existed, neither of the giant animation studios were nominated. This is interesting for a number of reasons:
Everyone expects that Disney would be the dominator of this category, and it has been for the last few years – winning 3 of the last 4 years. But before that they had never won. Yes, Disney does technically own Pixar – but Disney really struggled to make a good animated film without them in the 00s after their Renaissance in the 90s. They have instead taken inspiration from them, become more socially conscious; attacking issues such as racism, feminism, inclusiveness and creatively exploring more complex world-building. Disney are officially moving away from their identity as ‘just fairy tales’.
The trailblazers of Pixar and Dreamworks and their ambition to tell different and emotional stories are beginning to fall behind the pack. There’s been a massive growth in the animation industry as respect for it and it’s art increasingly grows. The fact that there’s been no shortage of films for the category of recent years is telling of this, continually filling the full 5 slots instead of just 3, which happened for a time between 2003-2010.
I’m still disappointed Nocturnal Animals was snubbed
Though following the rave reviews of many, the film soon faced some follow-up harsh critique. A personal opinion, but I still maintain my view and I did say I would make some noise, even just a little, if it was snubbed.
Regardless, Moonlight was the deserved winner. Rarely a film so beautifully raw and human has won the prestigious award and it begs to be seen if you haven’t already.