On Sunday night, the Oscars were finally held and what a night it was. There is a lot to talk about, and I am going to give my opinion on all things Oscar. I will talk about my predictions, the winners and the show.
This year I got 15/24 correct, which I am actually happy with considering I was getting so many wrong right from the start. What messed my predictions over wasn’t just the huge shocks, particularly in Best Picture and Best Actress, but also the big winners of the night. I had only predicted Black Panther and Bohemian Rhapsody for once win each, and instead Black Panther took home three wins and Bohemian Rhapsody took home four. I did get a lot of the major awards, and the snub that I did correctly pick was Best Original Screenplay for Green Book.
|Green Book winning Best Picture – source: Oscars|
This year, the Academy actually managed to award every single Best Picture nominee. The big winner of the night was Green Book, which went home with three major awards: Best Original Screenplay, Best Supporting Actor (Mahershala Ali) and the big prize of the night, Best Picture. I really did love this film and whilst it was not my first pick for Best Picture, it is a worthy winner of the award.
As I mentioned, Bohemian Rhapsody took home the most Oscars of the night with four awards. It took home both of the sound awards, Best Sound Editing and Sound Mixing. It also took home Best Actor for Rami Malek, as well as Best Editing. The Best Editing award has been controversial as many people have had problems with some of the sequences throughout the film. Whilst I loved the editing of the Live Aid sequence, it seems clear to me that other films such as BlacKkKlansman and The Favourite were simply better edited throughout the film than Bohemian Rhapsody was.
Roma was the other film that took some major awards, winning Best Cinematography, Best Foreign Language Feature and Best Director for Alfonso Cuaron. There may still be a stigma with Netflix though, as it was heavily predicted to take home the big award and it lost out. There is still some way to go for all of Hollywood to accept Netflix as a competitive distributor for films, but they have made a strong start with three wins for Roma.
|Olivia Colman winning Best Actress – source: Oscars|
The show this year was actually really enjoyable and felt so quick in comparison to last year. I am in consensus with a majority of viewers that having no host worked great for the pacing and celebration of the award. It allowed the guest presenters a chance to shine and make their own jokes, and not feeling any pressure to continue coming up with gags and jokes. I would opt for no host in the future.
In terms of the actual ceremony, there were some incredible speeches, as well as that awful one from the makeup and hairstyling team of Vice. I am glad that all 24 categories were shown regardless, especially since Best Live Action Short was going to cut, yet the crew behind the winning film Skin were just so excited and really encapsulated the spirit of the Oscars and the celebration of winning.
Some of the highlights in the speeches were from the team behind Period. End of Sentence, costume and production design for Black Panther and the team being Bao for using their speech as a platform to show dedication, educate an audience and encourage them to get into the film industry. These are the speeches that make a huge impact considering the millions of people who watch the Oscars.
There were two main events of the Oscars this year. First up was the performance of “Shallow” by Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga, which gave us everything that the audience wanted and more. This was a beautiful performance that very much looked like it could have been taken straight out of the original film. I am still disappointed that A Star is Born did not get much love this awards season as it is still my favourite movie of 2018, but regardless they left this show being the stars of the night.
The other main event came as a huge shock when Olivia Colman won Best Actress over favourite Glenn Close for her work in The Favourite. Not only did I love this because I am a huge fan of Colman and have been since I saw her in Broadchurch, but her speech was incredible. She was son genuine and you know that she was totally expecting Glenn Close to win this award. I am incredibly happy that Colman is now getting a lot of critical acclaim, and she is going to have such a huge career going forward. She has truly become a British treasure.
Those are my thoughts on the Oscars, and I would love to hear yours. Did you agree with Green Book winning Best Picture? Are the Oscars better without a host? Comment down below and let’s have a conversation.