It was around three years ago, when The Academy was highly criticized for its Oscar Awards winners list being not diverse enough, and hence had been criticized for being #OscarsSoWhite. It was a hard criticism and corrective actions had to follow. ‘Representation matters’ – became the driving force for the next set of years, and nominations and winners started to get decided to ensure inclusion & diversity. Not a bad thing at all, in fact it is a fair parameter under consideration to promote and motivate the craft across the board. But it hurts when political correctness gets the upper hand at the cost of excellence on the craft, and the best talents and nominations for the year get snubbed, because they don’t check the boxes of diversity, nationalism, staying politically correct and relevant, and so many other factors.
Oscars 2019, through its nominations and winners, has proved the point again. It will remain the shining example of #OscarsSoDiverse in a very broad sense. While we will never be able to forget this years awards edition for the way First Man was snubbed across all categories, well because it was not rousing in nationalism, doesn’t matter how terrific it was as pure cinema, the winners in many categories only add to the disappointment. Look at the overall diversity spread in the winners – there is representation across enough African Americans across categories, British Actors, Actors of Egyptian origin, Mexican Directors, Films based on racism in the heart of United States, Films that ensured representation even in its animated comic book characters, Films dealing with basic sanitation issues in India, and more. Do note that many of them are the most deserving winners, and command all the applause for being the best in their business, but we cannot shy away from the fact that some of the winners did get driven by a broader factor to play it safe. At least, tomorrow no one can talk about The Academy not being inclusive enough. Political correctness rules.
Keeping aside the continued heart burn for First Man, the two biggest disappointments for this year’s Oscars awards ceremony for me would be the outstanding Glenn Close losing out the Best Actress trophy to Olivia Coleman (whose performance I least enjoyed of all the nominees, an extremely endearing acceptance speech there though) and Roma not winning the Best Picture trophy (though only losing out to the next favorite nomination in the category for me). The wins for Alfonso Cuarón, Rami Malek, Mahershala Ali, Regina King, Spider-man : Into the spider-verse, Shallow have been the most expected ones and amongst the most deserving too, and would not have surprised too many people. There is a weeping heart for Bradley Cooper though. My set of predictions and deserving winners (Read them here) saw many matches across categories, and there were surprises in some.
On the whole, Oscars 2019 will go down as one of the most underwhelming years in the history of Academy Awards, that has been marred with controversies, odd decisions and rollbacks, some of the worst snubs and finally some disappointing winners.
Overall, Bohemian Rhapsody took home 4 Oscars, followed by Roma, Green Book and Black Panther all of which bagged 3 Oscars each.
Here are the final set of winners:
Best Picture: ‘Green Book’
Directing: Alfonso Cuarón for ‘Roma’
Actress in a Leading Role: Olivia Colman for ‘The Favourite’
Actor in a Leading Role: Rami Malek for ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’
Actress in a Supporting Role: Regina King for ‘If Beale Street Could Talk’
Actor in a Supporting Role: Mahershala Ali for ‘Green Book’
Adapted Screenplay: Charlie Wachtel & David Rabinowitz and Kevin Willmott & Spike Lee for ‘BlacKKKlansman’
Original Screenplay: Nick Vallelonga, Brian Currie, Peter Farrelly for ‘Green Book’
Cinematography: Alfonso Cuarón for ‘Roma’
Film Editing: John Ottman for ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’
Visual Effects: Paul Lambert, Ian Hunter, Tristan Myles and J.D. Schwalm for ‘First Man’
Sound Mixing: Paul Massey, Tim Cavagin and John Casali for ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’
Sound Editing: John Warhurst and Nina Hartstone for ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’
Original song: Lady Gaga, Mark Ronson, Anthony Rossomando and Andrew Wyatt for ‘Shallow’ in ‘A Star is Born’
Original score: Ludwig Goransson for ‘Black Panther’
Production Design: Hannah Beachler (Production Design); Jay Hart (Set Decoration) for ‘Black Panther’
Costume Design: Ruth Carter for ‘Black Panther’
Makeup and Hairstyling: Greg Cannom, Kate Biscoe and Patricia Dehaney for ‘Vice’
Foreign Language Film: ‘Roma’
Animated Feature Film: ‘Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse’
Animated Short Film: ‘Bao’
Documentary (Feature): ‘Free Solo’
Documentary Short Subject: Period. End of Sentence.
Live Action Short Film: ‘Skin’
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