The Oscars (2018 TV Special)
9/10
what needed to get said got said
6 March 2018
First, of all the movies nominated in all categories, the only ones that I've seen are "Baby Driver", "Beauty and the Beast", "The Big Sick", "Blade Runner 2049", "Coco", "Dunkirk", "Get Out", "Kong: Skull Island", "Marshall", "Mudbound", "Roman J. Israel, Esq." and "Star Wars: The Last Jedi". I was satisfied with what "Blade Runner 2049", "Coco" and "Dunkirk" won. A number of the winners - Gary Oldman, Allison Janney, etc - were already favored, so it was no surprise. I liked what Frances McDormand had to say.

Obviously the most important topic of the ceremony was sexual harassment (complete with a montage introduced by Mira Sorvino, Ashley Judd and Salma Hayek). But there were also the issues that Common mentioned while performing his song with Andra Day (among them Parkland and Puerto Rico, to which Lin-Manuel Miranda also drew attention during an interview on the red carpet). And as expected, a few barbs at Donald Trump. A real irony was that despite all the attention on the underrepresentation of women and minorities in movies, the bulk of the awards went to white men.

I liked Jimmy Kimmel's hosting, whether it was asking Steven Spielberg for pot or taking a bunch of people to a preview of "A Wrinkle in Time" and handing out swag. I didn't quite understand the purpose of the montage honoring the troops, but I suspect that all the mouth-breathers will complain that Wes Studi didn't "speak American" (not realizing that Studi's ancestral language was in the present-day US long before English was). And finally, this time Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway didn't announce the wrong winner (they weren't about to get tripped up again).

All in all, I enjoyed it.
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