Last night, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences presented the 90th Academy Awards at the Dolby Theater in Hollywood, California.
Guillermo Del Toro’s fantasy The Shape of Water took top honors. Jordan Peele’s Get Out won Best Original Screenplay, and Lady Bird went home empty- handed. Read the full winners list here.
The production was simple, low- budget and montage- heavy. Jimmy Kimmel opened with a long (and boring) monologue. During this monologue, he pointed out the first Academy Awards ceremony was a quick, fifteen- minute affair.
Sometimes I wish we could go back to those days. As viewers, we want the Oscars to be lavish, glitzy, and entertaining, but at the end of the day, they exist to pass out industry awards. The telecast tasks itself with announcing 24 categories on- air. Each category gets the same formula: present the presenter, present the award, present the nominees, accept the award. Sometimes, the presenters have a gimmick to go with the category, which makes the show even longer. Today, the Oscars telecast feels like a 4- hour circle jerk. And that’s OK. The public doesn’t need to watch The Oscars. Just don’t act surprised when we don’t, ABC.
The Academy did try out audience appreciation. They thanked audience with a very general montage and made a trip across the street to Mann’s Chinese Theater, where they had a plebeian (Mike Young) introduce the presenters for short films (Tiffany Haddish and Maya Rudolph).
I appreciated performances from all the Best Song nominees- I loved Sufjan Stevens’ song from Call Me By Your Name and the song from The Greatest Showman brought down the house. I also love seeing clips from the nominated movies, since I often see Oscar nominees post- Oscar (ie, during Home Video season).
Here are the best moments from last night’s show:
“This Is Me”, performed by Keala Settle in her Kesha moment
Sufjan Stevens and St. Vincent performing “Mystery of Love” from Call Me By Your Name
Lupita Ny’Ongo in her gorgeous outfit and glasses
I did not appreciate the ageist jokes, and Jet- Ski bribe, or Jimmy Kimmel’s opening TED Talk.