One of the most discussed topics of the week are the disconcerting assignements of some prizes in this edition of the Oscars.
First of all: there was some confusion because of the assignement of the “minor prizes” during the tv breaks, especially because of the effort that people put in their work.
The confusion kept going after hearing that the best costume design was won by Ruth E Carter for “Black Panther”.
It was already strange that a cinecomic could make it to the Oscars with 6 nominations, since it hadn’t happened for a long time (2008, “The Dark Night” by Christopher Nolan), but the competition was really hard against movies like “Mary Queen of Scots” and “The Favourite”. It was unexpected, but at least we can say that Ruth was the first afroamerican woman to win this category.
Another surprising winner was “Bohemian Rhapsody” for best film editing: the movie was really good, and really deserved to be at the Oscars, but didn’t deserve at all to win against movies like “BlacKkKlansman” or “The Favourite”, because the editings was really basic.
The best production design was surprising as well, “First Man” was totally robbed by “Black Panther” and deserved more recognition.
The best sound editing wasn’t unexpected, but luckily “Bohemian Rhapsody” wasn’t the only movie that deserved the prize, “A Quiet Place”’s entire plot evolved around the sound, so the nomination was totally deserved, so it was for “First Man”.
Best animated feature’s nominations were messy, starting from “Incredibles 2” and “Ralph Breaks Internet” against “Spiderman: Into the Spider-verse”, whose animation was amazing, fresh and new. “Spiderman: into the Spider-verse”’s Oscar was well deserved, but sadly Wes Anderson’s “Isle of Dogs” didn’t get the recognition it deserved.
For best original score, another surprising Oscar for “Black Panther” against composers like Alexandre Desplat.
Best picture was the most discussed category, competition was hard between “BlacKkKlansman”, “Bohemian Rhapsody”, “The Favourite” and “Green Book”.
“Green Book”’s victory wasn’t unpredictable at all, but it seemed mostly like another “political correct” move by the Academy. It’s a good movie, but it talks about the same topic of “BlacKkKlansman”, then why did Spike Lee’s movie lose against Peter Farrelly’s movie?
First of all, they talk about racism in two different ways and while “Green Book”, praises Viggo Mortensen’s character for not being racist, “BlacKkKlansman” makes people feel uncomfortable and it shows the indifference of those dark years when being racist was allowed, legal, normal in a slightly ironic way, and usually nobody likes being told that they could, and can stop discrimination, but they do not.