The Oscars are one of my favourite annual traditions.
Every year I look forward, and every year, without doubt I sit, alone, with some naughty sweet treats and a WHOLE lot of tissues.
The Oscars get to me, how could they not?
There is Glamour, Politics, Dreams coming true, and with every year that passes the little seed of a dream I cultivated all those years ago grows just a little bigger, I learn once again to believe in myself, humanity and the power of film.
The Awards ceremony this year was not without fault, a few unfortunate hiccups reminded us not only that even celebrities are humans, but also that yes, the awards are broadcast LIVE.There was the misrepresentation of Australian Costume Designer Janet Patterson in the memoriam, whose photo was instead displayed as esteemed friend and collaborator Jan Chapmen. There was a mild mix up, but it got fixed, something about an insignificant award to do with best picture…
But there were highlights too!
Let’s start with Hidden Figures.
Unfortunately this fantastic film lost out on an award, however it was praised enough to receive three nominations (best picture, best adapted screen play and best supporting actress).
The film was directed by Donna Gigliotti, who has previously been nominated for:
SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK (2012) Nominee, Best Picture,
THE READER (2008) Nominee, Best Picture
And SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE (1998) for which she took home the award for Best Picture.
Taraji p. Henson, Octavia Spencer and Janelle Monae all got up on stage to welcome and honour Katherine Johnson, The real heroine off which the film is based.
A lady who has always been an
absolute inspiration of mine, Colleen Atwood took home the costume award for Fantastic beasts and where to find them.
Atwood has been nominated twelve times in the section of Costume Design and has previously taken home an award for the films Chicago (2002),Memoirs of a Geisha (2005),And Alice in Wonderland (2010).
The Triple crowned queen!
Viola Davis took home the award for best supporting actress at the awards this year for her role in Fences, having already been praised with an Emmy and two Tony awards. Known in the industry as the Triple crown Davis the First Black person in history to receive the three awards. GIRL POWER!
Byron Howard & Rich Moore took home the award for best animated feature. Howard and Moore wrote and directed the film.
Zootopia is an animated film that follows the story of a small, female rabbit JUDY on her quest to push past the stereotypes of her world and do what no one believes she can.
I was taken by this film and think it’s a must for all young dreamers, I was moved by the themes and think it resonates with the drive behind this blog.
So, regardless of sex, I’d like to thank Howard and Moore for giving me yet another reason to cry about female empowerment and of course, the underdog in us all.
Emma Stone, Best Actress- La La land
She looked beautiful, she spoke beautifully, I love her, and she definitely got the tears streaming.
“I still have a lot of growing and learning and work to do, and this guy is a really beautiful symbol to continue on that journey and I’m so grateful for that. So thank you so much, thank you.”
Congratulations to Ezra Edelman and Caroline Waterlow who took home the award for best Documentary (feature) with ‘OJ- Made in America’,.(Documentaries at the awards show have one of the largest representations of females at about 33-45%).
Last honourable mention of the evening goes out to my beloved Meryl Streep…Jimmy Kimmel just couldn’t help himself.
“And of all the great actors here in Hollywood, one in particular has stood the test of time for her many uninspiring and overrated performances. From her mediocre early work in The Deer Hunter and Out of Africa, to her underwhelming performances in Kramer vs. Kramer and Sophie’s Choice, Meryl Streep has phoned it in for more than 50 films over the course of her lacklustre career.”
Streep has been recognized with multiple awards and nominations for her work in film, television, and music. She holds the record for the most Academy Award nominations of any actor, having been nominated 20 times since her first nomination in 1979 for her performance in The Deer Hunter (sixteen for Best Actress and four for Best Supporting Actress). She holds eight more nominations than both Katharine Hepburn and Jack Nicholson, who are tied in second place
Shut your face Trump. We love you Meryl.
A huge congratulations to all of the Oscar Nominees and Winners, I look forward to seeing more female names being nominated as the years go by.
I’ll leave you now with this data that shows the inequality within the awards, we’re not there yet, but we’re on our way and our voices will be heard.
To all girls on film,
I applaud you.