Monday, February 29, 2016

The Oscars: Let’s look to tomorrow


About last night
Mad Max: Fury Road dominated with six wins for production design, costume design, makeup and hair, film editing, sound editing and sound mixing. And yes, it is remarkable that the costume designer (I was rooting for Sandy Powell who dress the inimitable Cate Blanchett in Cinderella and Carol, and was nominated for both) looked scruffy and underdressed for the occasion but with the glitz on the back of her jacket, its clearly a style choice. The cobbler needs new shoes? Its the only movie I havent seen and my son says I really should, if I want to call myself any kind of feminist. It just looks a shade too loud and violent for me!
The big wins were all over the place, a mix of the expected and surprises. In my opinion, the Best Picture award could have gone to Spotlight, The Big Short, Mad Max or the expected winner The Revenant, but Spotlight, a great movie with an important message and a fabulous ensemble cast won, along with Best Original Screenplay, and that felt right.
The Revenant still won critical awards, recognizing Alejandro Inarritu for his genius with Best Director, Emmanuel Ubezki for his vision with Best Cinematography & Leonardo DiCaprio with Best Actor as much for his acting as for his endurance in the wilds while making this movie and his endurance in the industry —he’s been a working actor since the late 80’s, his first of five nominations came in 1994 for What’s Eating Gilbert Grape?
Leo, always a winner in a tuxedo, was sweet and humble as the winner, and used his win to remind us of the reality of climate change. So now thats it, done. As much as I love him we dont have to worry about Leo & Oscar, we can go back to wishing Leo & Kate would reunite in something. Anything. Or perhaps he and Brie could get up to something good?

When Brie Larson won Best Actress as expected, her Room co-star Jacob Tremblay cheered her on, looking as proud as only a real son would be. And the moment he stood up and craned his neck, his mouth wide open with wonder at the sight of the Star Wars characters on stage was out of this world. I hope Hollywood doesn’t change that kid, that he doesn’t grow up too soon. Famous last words.
Mark Rylance—who stole the Best Supporting Actor award from presumed winner Sylvester Stallone—made one of the best acceptance speeches of the night. I became familiar with Rylance in last year’s Wolf Hall where he gave a similarly low-key, absolutely brilliant performance as he did in Bridge of SpiesRylance won my heart with his gracious acceptance speech when he said: "I want to just say thank you to my fellow nominees. I don’t know how they separate my acting from your glorious acting in these wonderful films that you’re in, which everyone must see. I don’t know how they separated the five of us from all the other supporting actors who are making films at the moment. It’s a wonderful time to be an actor and I’m proud to be part of it.”  That’s the kind of celebration of film I want to see more of. 
Alicia Vikander —second only to Cate Blanchett in terms of What a dress!—won for Best Supporting Actress and while I LOVE Kate Winslet and thought she was brilliant as usual in Steve Jobs, Vikander broke my heart in The Danish Girl.  I’ve said it before in this space, Vikander almost stole the movie from Eddie Redmayne.

While the ‘who are you wearing’ ridiculousness was rightly de-emphasized, Cate Blanchett wore it amazingly well. The dress was striking in its simplicity of construction, perfect fit, flattering color and all those frothy flowers, which only Cate, strong, outspoken, feisty Cate could pull off without being overshadowed.

And finally, the elephant in the room. The #OscarsSoWhite issue. Chris Rocked it, took the question of racism in Hollywood and had us look at it from all angles, sharp and funny. You can bet therell be a blacklash and next year will look different, thankfully. Producers are scrambling, looking for stories of diversity. Get me Idris Elba on the line, would ya?
Tomorrow, tomorrow
The good news is there are already stories with men and women of color coming down the line. Films made prior to, and having nothing to do, with this big to-do. Movies made by producers, writers and directors who already recognized the value of showing the world as it is. 
I’m familiar with a few of them, the first two from The Ink Factory:

The first is Our Kind of Traitor, which you’ll find under the tab Movies Based on Books 2016. Based on the LeCarre novel, Our Kind of Traitor stars Damian Lewis, Ewan McGregor and Naomie Harris (in a role not written as black), directed by a woman, Susanna White. They didn’t talk about that lack of diversity last night. It’s coming out May 13 in the UK, no date so far in the US. Perhaps this controversy will stir things up? Hope so!

The Ink Factory also has Message from the King with Chadwick Boseman, Luke Evans & Theresa Palmer coming out sometime in 2016. About a ‘mysterious outsider named Jacob King from South Africa arrives in Los Angeles to avenge his younger sister's death.’ My husband worked on that one, produced by LeCarres sons, Simon & Stephen Cornwall, the men behind the Ink Factory label. And I went to the wrap party and met Chadwick, a hunky nice guy with a whole lot of charisma.


We’ll also be seeing Star Wars leading man John Boyega playing a pivotal part in The Circle, a role not specifically written as black in Dave Eggers novel, but cast as a young black man by director James Ponsoldt. I just finished the book; loved it but have a feeling I’ll love the movie more. At 500ish pages, there’s definitely material that can be edited away to make a fine film.
So that’s just a few projects to look forward to seeing at next year’s Oscars. 
Did you enjoy this year’s show? Let me know, I love hearing your thoughts.
The Complete Oscar Winners List 2016
Best Picture
Spotlight, Michael Sugar, Steve Golin, Nicole Rocklin and Blye Pagon Faust, Producers
Best Actor
Leonardo DiCaprio, The Revenant
Best Actress
Brie Larson, Room
Best Directing
Alejandro G. Iñárritu, The Revenant, 
Best Original Song
“Writing’s On The Wall” from Spectre
Music and Lyric by Jimmy Napes and Sam Smith
Best Original Score
The Hateful Eight
Ennio Morricone
Best Foreign Language Film
Son of Saul (Hungary)
Best Live Action Short Film
Stutterer
Benjamin Cleary and Serena Armtiage
Best Documentary Feature
Amy
Asif Kapadia and James Gay-Rees
Best Documentary Short Subject
A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness
Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy
Best Supporting Actor
Mark Rylance, Bridge of Spies
Best Animated Feature Film
Inside Out
Pete Docter and Jonas Rivera
Best Animated Short Film
Bear Story
Gabriel Osorio and Pato Escala
Best Visual Effects
Ex Machina
Andrew Whitehurst, Paul Norris, Mark Ardington and Sara Bennett
Best Sound Mixing
Mad Max: Fury Road
Chris Jenkins, Gregg Rudloff and Ben Osmo
Best Sound Editing
Mad Max: Fury Road
Mark Mangini and David White
Best Film Editing
Mad Max: Fury Road
Margaret Sixel
Best Cinematography
The Revenant
Emmanuel Lubezki
Best Makeup and Hairstyling
Mad Max: Fury Road
Lesley Vanderwalt, Elka Wardega and Damian Martin
Best Production Design
Mad Max: Fury Road
Production Design: Colin Gibson; Set Decoration: Lisa Thompson
Best Costume Design
Mad Max: Fury Road
Jenny Beavan
Best Supporting Actress
Alicia Vikander, The Danish Girl
Adapted Screenplay
The Big Short
Screenplay by Charles Randolph and Adam McKay
Best Original Screenplay

Spotlight
Written by Josh Singer & Tom McCarthy

1 comment:

  1. I didn't get the Costume Design Oscar to Mad Max at all, especially given the competition with Cinderella (and in the trailer they passed to show us the costumes, the actors were basically half-naked).
    I didn't see The Danish Girl yet but when Alicia Vikander won I briefly thought that the Academy didn't want to give the two Titanic co-star an Oscar the same night. I absolutely loved Kate's performance in Steve Jobs but it seems Alicia's win was deserved.
    I was surprised by Spotlight, honestly. I was almost sure that Inarritu wouldn't win both Best Director and Best Picture this year but I thought that would give it to The Martian for popularity's sake. Happy that Mad Max didn't win though!

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