Here we are, the day after the match, a weak match if we consider that it had
the lowest rating of the past 7 years with just 36.6M viewers
So let’s comment the extraordinary night just behind us, as many surprises disrupted sure bets, first and foremost the winner of best picture, Birdman.
I spent the last three day reading all the hypothesis and reasonings and political check and balances that were seeing Boyhood and The Imitation Game as by far the favorite movies to best picture.
Boyhood had the support of BAFTA, while The Imitation Game contained all the characteristics that make a movie win the Oscar: it’s a very good movie, Cumberbatch did an amazing job, and the social recognition of how gay people were treated, and a public late apology for that (see 12 years slave last year), falls as a cherry on the cake. Maybe because the movie is too British, or maybe because it’s to Harvey’s, remains the fact that it only won Best Adapted Screenplay, which is a fair recognition after all.
Birdman was considered to be too “actor centered”, self referential and weak in terms of content and social impact. It was seen by many as a beautiful piece of art for art’s sake. It won. Not only one Oscar, but 4: best picture, best director, best cinematography, best original screenplay. Each of one was totally deserved and I’m very happy to see this movie triumph. Actually I would have given the 5th Oscar to Micheal Keaton because he’s such a nice guy, and because this will probably be his only chance to get an Oscar..
But we all know that the Academy prefers ill, dumb and handicap roles. There’s a long list of these, last is Redmayne, right before is McConaughey, some time before Tom Hanks, Hoffman, and many others. Redmayne was stunning, I personally loved that movie even though it doesn’t make justice to the theories of Steven Hawking, and it just stays on the emotional side of the cliff.
Some easy bets were: Grand Budapest Hotel for costume, make up and production design, I honestly didn’t think that the music was that good, but it was a long time ago so I can’t judge, Julianne Moore had basically no competition for the Oscar for Best Actress and I can also understand the choice of Patricia Arquette, even though to be fair you should give it every year to Merryl Streep, she did her best to rescue Into the Woods from the inevitable lethargy it causes.
J.K. Simmons had no real competitors, and Whiplash won a total of 3 Oscars: Supporting Actor, Best Editing, and Best Sound Mixing. I’m so happy about it because it was such a beautiful movie and it shows that with a very tight budget you can make a masterpiece. Sorry for interstellar.
I’m sorry also for the Lego movie, but everybody is. I’m sorry to have seen Neil Patrick Harris in his underwear, but probably he saw the ratings and thought that if it worked for 50 Shades of Grey, he could exploit the trend. I’m sorry Neil, I can’t say if you were too dressed up or too naked, but it just didn’t work!
I personally enjoyed the Oscars, the speech of Patricia Arquette was uplifting, and the tears of David Oyelovo remembered me that our awareness needs to be cultivated day after day to create a better world. I saw their passion, and strength and the desire to use their popularity to enahnce a change, an improvement of our society. I had a lot of fun when Inarritu asked for rights and opportunities to the new immigrants in the land made through immigration.
Last night was much more than an unpredictable show, it was a time of cheers and reflection, it was a fresh start for a new year, hopefully so rich of amazing productions as the one just past.