Congrats to the winners, condolences to those who didn’t win.
They shouldn’t be too discouraged. The Oscars are fixed.
Any award show where the winner stands to profit millions of dollars is corruptible.
The Academy Award has the distinction of being the crème de la crème of film awards. However more often than not, film excellence is not rewarded…playing the Hollywood game is.
The truly innovative films, film makers actors and actresses who don’t play by the rules, who prove to be too radical minded to be considered safe and sound representatives of the billion dollar empire that is Hollywood…
In short, the figures who don’t prove to be sound investments, which is what the Academy Award is…an investment…those people and their films, performances…their art…are snubbed.
They get invited to the show and get blatantly ignored, passed over, year after year.
They claimed “Dances With Wolves” was a better picture than “Goodfellas”, that “Forrest Gump” was a better picture than “Pulp Fiction”, they didn’t recognize “Malcolm X” as the best picture of the year, they never gave an Oscar to Alfred Hitchcock…
The list goes on and on. (And on)
Then. Every once in a while, there is Justice.
Matt winning. Justice.
Jared winning. Justice.
12 years a slave winning.
I’m still pissed about Scorsese being snubbed until he made “The Departed”, popular film from China originally titled “Infernal Affairs”..,
I still think it’s a little fucked that the night he won, before the winner was announced, George Lucas, Steven Spielberg and Francis Ford Coppola came out and presented him with the award, an award which is supposed to be kept secret until the envelope is opened. (Lucas and Coppola don’t go to the oscars unless they are up for something or it’s arranged)
And that little speech they had to say before announcing he was the winner, ugh, went something like…
“Winning is everything.”
Just wreaked of…
“Marty, welcome to the club”
But, for big bad Marty…that night I was yelling and screaming for him, cheering him on…
Years before I was bar tending and they snubbed him for “Gangs Of New York”
I left the bar the moment that happened, went out to the front of the bar in the street…and cried.
Watching him take these shots year after year…it was horrible.
So to see him finally win this night for a great film, but not as great a film as some of the other he’s made, was amazing to watch. I’m still cheering for him almost ten years later.
Anyway, last nights awards do offer us a little justice…
And a little justice in big bad Hollywoodland is all we can hope for.
Have a great day.
86th Academy Awards winners
12 Years a Slave
Best Actor in a Leading Role
(Dallas Buyers Club)
Best Actress in a Leading Role
Best Actor in a Supporting Role
(Dallas Buyers Club)
Best Actress in a Supporting Role
(12 Years a Slave)
Best Animated Feature
(Chris Buck, Jennifer Lee, Peter Del Vecho)
Best Costume Design
The Great Gatsby
Best Documentary Feature
20 Feet from Stardom
(Morgan Neville, Gil Friesen, Caitrin Rogers)
Best Documentary Short
The Lady in Number 6: Music Saved My Life
(Malcolm Clarke, Nicholas Reed)
Best Film Editing
(Alfonso Cuarón, Mark Sanger)
Best Foreign Language Film
The Great Beauty (Italy)
Best Makeup and Hairstyling
Dallas Buyers Club (Adruitha Lee, Robin Mathews)
Best Original Score
Gravity (Steven Price)
Best Original Song
Let It Go – Frozen
Best Production Design
The Great Gatsby (Catherine Martin, Beverley Dunn)
Best Animated Short Film
Mr. Hublot (Laurent Witz, Alexandre Espigares)
Best Live Action Short Film
Helium (Anders Walter, Kim Magnusson)
Best Sound Editing
Gravity (Glenn Freemantle)
Best Sound Mixing
Gravity (Skip Lievsay, Niv Adiri, Christopher Benstead, Chris Munro)
Best Visual Effects
Gravity (Tim Webber, Chris Lawrence, Dave Shirk, Neil Corbould)
Best Adapted Screenplay
12 Years a Slave (John Ridley)
Best Original Screenplay
Her (Spike Jonze)