The Oscars Quick Recap Review
The Oscars Quick Recap
It was a dazzling and quasi-emotional night in the city of stars(Los Angeles) at the 90th Oscars. From stunning fashion to Jimmy Kimmel's buoyant wit to the tackling of political and gender issues, there was content to spare. That being said it is hard to top the pandemonium of the prior year's switcheroo climax, but this year made for a far more subtle and relaxing watch. Until of course Frances McDormand took the stage for her best actress win, as she, in quite the boisterous manner, got every female in the Dolby theater to stand up in the middle of her inspiring and individualized speech. It's moments like this, and the Oscars in general, that remind us that the celebrities we watch at the Cineplex are as human as me and you. As well as it is an opportunity to be reminded of most of the past year's extraordinary work, and all the pieces that go into a film. More importantly, for lovers of cinema like myself, this is our version of the super bowl.
In light of the "Times Up" and "Me Too" movements as well as current political issues, the Oscars serviced as a vessel for men and woman in the industry alike to speak out. The night's theme was "trailblazers" as it compared woman and minority actors and directors essentially to Lewis and Clark, and rightfully so. As names like Jennifer Lawrence, Tiffany Haddish, Jodie Foster, and Guillermo Del Toro came to the stage boldly declaring their stance. While at the same time the messages luckily never flirted with repetitive, making the night go by smoothly and quickly. And that was also one of Kimmel's hit jokes, as he offered in 'The Price is Right' comedic cliche fashion, a jet ski to whoever could wrap up their speech fastest(the award went to a sound editor). Also in true Kimmel fashion, the show surprises a handful lucky everyday people to join in on the festivities. Here, Margot Robbie, Gal Gadot, and countless other perceptible names walked across the street to a surprise screening of 'Wrinkle in Time' at the lavish Chinese Theater where they greeted an audience with open arms and snacks.
The jokes didn't end there. We got people playfully teasing the Academy for last years big mistake, jokes on sequels, past winners, the celebrities offstage personas, and my favorite, Allison Janney jokingly claiming all the credit for her win as best actress Yet for all the nights fun, there were a few awkward moments, although most took place on the red carpet before the official five o'clock start.
Everybody wanted to go home with a golden statue, and most years there are surprises, this year, however, went exactly as predicted. 'The Shape of Water' came in leading the race with an astounding 13 nominations and took home best picture and director. Best actor went to Gary Oldman in 'The Darkest Hour' and Frances McDormand landed best actress for her craft in 'Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri'. 'Dunkirk' managed to take home the technical effect awards with three wins, only one behind the night's big winner 'The Shape of Water'. And for the rest of the admirable films nominated, most took home one or two awards respectably.
Overall, the Oscars were just as entertaining as many of the movies its industry produced last year. Although the ones nominated, were all incredible and visceral besides in my opinion 'The Darkest Hour', but that's a story for another time. The stage was magnificent, the songs heartwarming, the attire could have given the dresses in 'Phantom Thread' a run for their money. And to speak my truth, I was pleasantly surprised by this year's winners, even though I would have loved to see some win that didn't. But it's the Oscars, and I knew what I was getting into. Nonetheless, this year did the stupendous year at the movies that was 2017 justice, and that's all I could have asked for.