Monday, February 27, 2017

2016 Oscar Reaction

Wow. This year's ceremony was... interesting to say the least.

Best Picture: Moonlight

Excellent. I do feel kinda disappointed La La Land didn't win for real, and Hurwitz handing over his stature was so embarrassing, but this win is wonderful and historic none the less!

Best Director: Damien Chazelle, La La Land

No real complaints here, how couldn't he win?

Best Actor: Casey Affleck, Manchester By the Sea

Subtly (Casey) beats bombastic energy (Danzel) in a somewhat a-typical win for this category. Again, no real complaints, he was excellent!

Best Actress: Emma Stone, La La Land

I'm not sue how I feel about her win to be honest. I'm glad she beat Natalie Portman for Jackie, who's part always seemed like the epitome of Oscar-bait roles, but I feel Isabelle Huppert gave the best performance in the category by far for her steely rage in Elle.

Best Supporting Actor, Mahershala Ali, Moonlight

Yes he had a small role and yes he didn't do much, but I loved how much he felt like a real person in this, and like someone you know you've met in real life, such a nice part.

Best Supporting Actress, Viola Davies, Fances

BEST. SPEECH. EVER. While I haven't seen Fences yet, I'm so happy she won and I have no doubt she was excellent in it!

Best Original Screenplay, Manchester By the Sea

Eeeeeeeh, y'know what, this is okay! I would've preferred the absurdity that is The Lobster but this is none the less a good win for a well crafted work.

Best Adapted Screenplay, Moonlight

Yes. Yes. Yes.

Best Animated Feature, Zootopia

Super good and super poignant!

Best Foreign Language Film, The Salesman

Political statements aside, I'm sure this is a good win. Toni Erdmann didn't really seem like it was much my taste anyways.

Best Documentary Feature, O.J.: Made In America

an 81/2 hour TV series. Okay. Haven't seen it but to me, this just seems like it's beating a dead horse at this point. Oh well.

Best Documentary Short, The White Helmets

Okay, and another political statement. Anyone else noticing a pattern here?

Best Live Action Short, Sing

Well, at least it's not the animated version. Yeah, haven't seem it either.

Best Animated Short, Piper

Cool.

Best Original Score, La La Land

While it's sad not to see Mica Levi getting a statue, this is still a solid win.

Best Original Song, "City of Stars", La La Land

I mean, really, who didn't see this one coming?

Best Sound Editing, Arrival

Excellent.

Best Sound Mixing, Hacksaw Ridge

I mean, it is a war film after all.

Best Production Design, La La Land

Meh. It's cool to see a contemporary film win here, but something about it feels, underwhelming... still better then anything else in this category though. 

Best Cinematography, La La Land

I preferred Moonlight, but you can't beat the use of color in this one, so not bad at all.

Best Makeup and Hairstyling, Suicide Squad

What. The. Hell. Anyways, the makeup was probably the only good thing in that vial piece of garbage. How Star Trec lost though, is beyond me.

Best Costume Design, Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them

This win is "okay", as was everything else nominated here. This category just felt so...  Empty, this year.

Best Film Editing, Hacksaw Ridge

Haven't seen it but I guess it's okay. Hell or High Water, I think, had more precise cutting however.

Best Visual Effects, The Jungle Book

I'm surprised Doctor Strange or Rogue One didn't win, since this basically has the same 3D trickery that Life of Pi had, but oh well.














2 comments:

  1. Cool breakdown of the Oscar's.

    On the OJ doc, I felt the same way when I first heard about it. However, when I started watching it I realized it was phenomenal. Haven't finished it yet, but will do so very soon.

    I haven't seen Manchester by the Sea yet, but looking forward to it to see if Affleck really is better than Denzel who was amazing in Fences.

    Agreed. Viola Davis gave the best speech ever.

    Yes, Star Trek should have won for makeup.

    I still need to see Doctor Strange, but The Jungle Book is an awesome visual achievement. It did employ some of the same tricks as Life of Pi, but on a much larger scale. I'm okay with that win.

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  2. Great work! I love that you pointed out how atypical Affleck's win was. Performances like that rarely get nominated, let alone rewarded. It was the anti-Oscar movie performance, and I love that he won.

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