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Rocker Reviews: The 2016 Academy Awards

Posted on March 07, 2016 in Arts & Culture
By USM Free Press

By John Rocker

Well, I think I did all right when it came to my predictions. Five out of six isn’t too bad. I know the article didn’t mention Best Director, but I did pick Alejandro G. Iñárritu back when I was making my predictions list. I think Best Director is  certainly an important category. All are important in their own right. The Academy is giving recognition to people they think deserve it, but it doesn’t necessarily mean that the Academy is the sole barometer. The Academy all comes down to people’s opinions and that’s no different from making any review. Today I’m going to give a recap of what went down at The Oscars.

So, what did I think of the show? Honestly, I never really care for the show aspect of the awards. I just want to get straight to the point. The run time for the show was three and half hours long and, as the night dragged on, I just wanted the awards to be given. I think to save time, there could have been fewer performances from musicians and they could have gotten rid of segments where they are showing clips of the Best Picture nominees. I guess it’s easier to show people this in parts rather than all at once, but at the same time, you could just watch the trailers to get a feel for the movie. If only the awards were just as long as the nominations for the awards (No, seriously, the nomination announcement only lasts ten minutes).

What did I think of Chris Rock as a host? I think for the most part, he was a good host. He had a lot of weight on his shoulders. After the nominations, there was backlash because all the actors that were nominated were white and #OscarsSoWhite from last year’s Oscars popped up again. Rock addressed this issue several times throughout the night, using humor in most cases, but I believe it was his opening monologue that really drives home the point. It’s simple. To quote Rock, “…It’s not about boycotting anything. It’s just, we want opportunity. We want black actors to get the same opportunities as white actors.” Kevin Hart also brought up a good point when he was presenting: “…I want to applaud all the actors and actresses of color that didn’t get nominated tonight. The reason why I say that is because I want them to understand that tonight should not determine the hard work and effort that you put into your craft.” I think these two statements really cover everything.

As far as the actual awards are concerned, Mad Max: Fury Road won the most awards that night, taking a total of six for technical categories. Leonardo DiCaprio finally won his first Oscar for his performance for The Revenant, which caused a lot of buzz on the Internet. There weren’t any winners that surprised me. Even though Mark Rylance won for Best Supporting Actor in Bridge of Spies, I still wished that Stallone had won for his performance in Creed. Really, I thought Creed was the movie that got snubbed when it came to awards, but again, that’s just my opinion. Just because it wasn’t nominated doesn’t mean it changes my opinion on the film, and this applies to any movie. If your choices didn’t win, don’t be upset. If you like the movies, then that’s what matters. The Oscars are an over-glorified contest anyways, but it’s certainly interesting to see who wins.   


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