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Of course we are going to talk about it. Did you think we weren’t going to talk about it? After all we’ve been through? Come on.
The Oscars. First off, we must respect the crazy amount of planning and production that goes into an event like this. We simply cannot overlook the fact that this show went on without an MC – a string of presenters simply propelled the night forward. And we can’t deny that the stage design looked flawless.
However, going into last night, there was a larger discussion surrounding diversity that people were not afraid to tackle on the red carpet, during acceptance speeches, and on Twitter.
People were upset that in a year of phenomenal female directors, not a single on was nominated for her work. However, that anger slowly subsided after a true underdog started receiving some attention from the academy.
Bong Joon-ho started the night winning the Academy Award for best original screenplay and finished up winning three more awards including best picture his movie Parasite. This win was historical because Parasite is the first foreign-language movie to win the film academy’s top prize.
Throughout the night, we saw more people praising minority groups like when Taika Waititi dedicated his award for best adapted screenplay to all the “indigenous kids in the world who want to do art and dance and write stories.” And when Janelle Monáe opened up the night with a performance where she wished everyone happy black history month.
We also saw Joaquin Phoenix tackle social injustice during his acceptance speech for best actor after Elsas from all around the world sang “Into the Unknown” in ten different languages.
I think at the end of the day, we are going to be seeing a lot more public displays of diversity like this at award shows and events. We saw it at the Superbowl with Shakira and J-Lo, and we are seeing it here at the Oscars.
Representation in mainstream film and media is becoming increasingly important, and people are hungry for it. I am excited to see more minority groups being represented on huge stages like this, and I think this is a great first step in the right direction.
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The craziest thing is a month ago, I asked my team for their thoughts on the Oscar nominations. As a reminder here is what Will said:
“Bong Joon-ho will win best director for Parasite. That movie is incredible and maybe even win for best original screenplay.
Everyone in the events industry should go see 1917 then watch the behind the scenes to see how amazing camera work is done. Roger Deakins will easily win for cinematography.”
I guess Will knows a little bit about movies … he was 3 for 3! 😅