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Spotlight Upsets The Revenant for Best Picture

 

2016 Oscar Recap

by Kam Williams

Spotlight Upsets The Revenant for Best Picture

Chris Rock Pokes Fun at Both the Boycott and the Academy

On a night when the Academy Awards were overshadowed by the absence of black nominees, Spotlight upset The Revenant for the big prize, although Mad Max netted the most trophies (6) overall. But from his opening Oscars_poster_2016monologue clear through his the close of the evening’s festivities, master of ceremonies Chris Rock kept the pedal to the metal, reminding viewers at every opportunity of the conspicuous absence of African-Americans honorees.

He began by welcoming the audience to the “White People’s Choice Awards” before launching into a 10-minute stand-up routine in which he was careful to level barbs at both sides of the controversy. For example, he chided the members of the Academy for being racists, suggesting, ” If they nominated hosts, I wouldn’t even get this job.”

On the other hand, he was just as tough on the supporters of the protest, insinuating that they ought to lighten up since things were far worse back in the Fifties and Sixties when their grandmothers might have been lynched. Rock reserved his most caustic comments for Jada Pinkett Smith, saying “Jada boycotting the Oscars is like me boycotting Rihanna’s panties,” the crude implication being that Jada is untalented and about as likely to be nominated as he is to have sex with the attractive pop diva.

Next, he took a swipe at Jada’s husband, Will Smith, prefacing his remarks by announcing, “I’m not hating.” After conceding that Will had been snubbed for Concussion, Rock pointed out that it was equally unfair that he’d been paid $20 million for his poor performance in Wild Wild West.

The profusion of race-based humor had its share of awkward moments, like when Chris announced that the “In Memoriam” package would be devoted to “black people shot by cops on their way to the movies.” Just as awkward was when he introduced actress-turned-black conservative Stacey Dash, as the Director of the Academy’s newly-created Minority Outreach Program. Stacey came on stage to say she couldn’t wait to help her people out, before wishing everybody “Happy Black History Month!” The joke fell flat and was met with total silence.

Another headscratcher involved Chris’ introducing the Oscars’ African-American orchestra conductor “just so he can get laid at the Governor’s Ball.”  As the curtain came down on the festivities, Rock finally seemed to take sides by defiantly bidding farewell with “Black lives matter!” to the tune of Public Enemy’s anti-establishment anthem “Fight the Power” which played for the duration of the closing credits.

Complete List of Oscar Winners

Picture: Spotlight

Director: Alejandro González Iñárritu, The Revenant

Lead Actor: Leonardo DiCaprio, The Revenant

Lead Actress: Brie Larson, Room

Supporting Actor: Mark Rylance, Bridge of Spies

Supporting Actress: Alicia Vikander, The Danish Girl

Adapted Screenplay: The Big Short, Charles Randolph and Adam McKay

Original Screenplay: Spotlight, Josh Singer and Tom McCarthy

Original Score: Ennio Morricone, The Hateful Eight

Original Song: “Writings on the Wall,” Spectre

Best Foreign Language Film: Son of Saul

Documentary Feature: Amy

Animated Feature Film: Inside Out

Visual Effects: Ex Machina

Sound Mixing: Mad Max: Fury Road

Sound Editing: Mad Max: Fury Road

Film Editing: Mad Max: Fury Road

Cinematography: The Revenant

Makeup and Hairstyling: Mad Max: Fury Road

Production Design: Mad Max: Fury Road

Costume Design: Mad Max: Fury Road

Live Action Short Film: Stutterer

Documentary Short Film: A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness

Animated Short Film: Bear Story

Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award: Debbie Reynolds

To see Chris Rock’s opening monologue, visit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GBadiCVY-tk  

To see Stacey Dash’s awkward moment at the Oscars, visit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n9XvWFU0F3Q

Source:  Baret News

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