Michael Keaton is indeed Birdman personified.
Just like his alter-ego superhuman id in Birdman, Michael Keaton’s riding a resurgence wave. He’s now been in two consecutive best pictures, Birdman and Spotlight, so who really is going to doubt his come-back story. I’m looking forward to seeing him in his future roles! He’s da comeback king! Wouldn’t it be cool if he actually played a superhero and break all notions of an ageing actor. I’d like to see that!
LEO FINALLY WON THAT OSCAR
Check out his amazing speech here if you haven’t already.
And this gif pretty much sums it up. It’s all good now.
If you’re well versed in Leo’s filmography, you’ll know he was superb in many other previous roles like in Catch Me If You Can, The Departed, Shutter Island, The Wolf Of Wall Street, Inception…Anyone could really be THE one performance people would declare ‘HE WAS ROBBED!!’ Through his passion and down-to-earth attitude, he’s won over both a huge following of fans like us and from his peers. Basically he’s a really likeable guy whose always been snubbed at the Oscars. So when he finally won 2 days ago, I’d imagine many would’ve reacted like me as I screamed and probably disturbed neighbours a block away. *Inner fanboy erupting with joy Heeee*
Inarritu the maestro, but they tried to cut him off.
Alejandro Inarritu’s directorial win is a resounding note of his brilliance. Love him for his ingenuity or loathe him for his self-indulgent and overwrought style, he proves he’s at the very top of his game. One point of note is how the music began to play even before Inarritu had finished his 45 seconds (It probably happened for the others too but this one seemed rather quick). It’s quite disappointing really how you have one guy giving a speech about the importance of diversity and here you have producers trying to end his speech just as he was making an important point.
“To really liberate ourself from all prejudice and this tribal thinking and make sure for once and forever that the color of skin becomes as irrelevant as the length of our hair.”
I have the utmost respect for this man as a director but more importantly as a person.
Beautiful Brie ❤
From her performance to her hugging Jacob Tremblay to the royal blue dress she was wearing, Brie Larson was just…
Jacob Tremblay and Abraham Attah rock the stage! But they should have been nominees too.
Too cute. Look how happy they are! And that buffer stand is a nice touch. But really, they should be in contention for the acting awards instead of just being there as a faux pas way of showing ‘Hey see? We have kids on stage. So don’t blame the academy for not being inclusive.’ Don’t go down that ageist path please.
Louis CK presents Documentary short feature, but not without reminding us of a stinging truth
His speech really screams the truth and nothing else. Well he was funny too, but I reserved most of my laughter because it really was so hard hitting. He basically showed how people who make documentaries are really doing it for their passion and drive in bringing an important issue into light. ‘They don’t get rich’ unlike the many others in attendance, which really hammers home the point that making films is more often a difficult passion to sustain and not something glamourous as many perceive it to be.
Chris rock; Pretty funny at times but also quite repetitive
We get that #OscarsSoWhite is a big thing. But his whole monologue, in fact his whole night was spent on this topic. It got lame after a while. He hit a couple of important points on both sides like
‘It’s not fair that Will Smith was this good in ‘Concussion and didn’t get nominated. It’s also not fair that Will was paid $20 million for ‘Wild Wild West! and
‘Jada boycotting the Oscars is like me boycotting Rihanna’s panties. I wasn’t invited! It’s not an invitation I would turn down,’ Rock quipped.
HAHA! But then he perpetuated racial stereotypes by bringing three clueless asian children on stage and said they were his accountants and later said they made our phones too. Now I’m asian myself and although I’m quite indifferent towards it, the thing that bothers me is that it’s quite an ‘off’ joke. No relation whatsoever, it wasn’t even satire because it was too random. Seemed like Chris Rock hit a wrong note there.
Mad Max tears up the stage
6 Awards!!!! And I was right Ha! I predicted correctly,well mostly, that they would shower Mad Max with love for the technical and visual awards. Decent movie imo. But it’s fantastic to look at and marvel. Fans of the movie should be really happy.
Ex machina’s dark horse win
But Mad Max did lose Best Visual Effects to one Ex Machina. I was squeling in my seat heehehe :))) Some of you might know that I’m a huge fan of the movie for it’s literary complexity and powerful themes, so I was a little bummed that it didn’t win Best Original Screenplay. But then it won Best Visuals. The world is fair huh. Alicia Vikander’s CGI AI body was the main contributor no doubt, and I really didn’t think it was enough to win it, but hey, the team behind the CGI must be so overjoyed right now so who cares whether it’s expected or not!
Yeah the inevitable snubs. Sylvester Stallone is the most notable one. I didn’t find Mark Rylance impressive at all. The vigour and sincerity in Rocky should have beaten Rylance’s subtle act. But this “snub” category is more prominent when looking at those who weren’t even nominated. In my opinion, from Idris Elba to Steve Carell to Mya Taylor to Jacob Tremblay, Abraham Attah and more that others will point out, the Oscars is proof that big backers, big names and big money will likely still matter the most when it comes to awards season.
And finally why I’m happier that Spotlight won Best Picture even though I was rooting for The Revenant.
All in all, it was pretty decent. No Oscars night can ever be perfect. And since I really look forward to it, and it only comes once a year, I really don’t wanna be complainin’ about everything like some people who just criticize the show in every aspect possible. I think most of the winners deserved the win albeit some suprises and shocks. And I’m especially happy, contrary to popular sentiment, to watch the lesser known categories. I’m happy to see people who work tirelessly in the back room editing sounds or sketching costume designs for that futuristic darwinian world, or that writer who’s pulling all nighters to get that closing dialogue just right…I like seeing the unsung heroes of a film get recognized on the big stage.
And finally, I’m glad Spotlight won. I didn’t find the film super good (8.5/10) but felt its message was important. It’s wasn’t artistic so I didn’t go ‘Hmm this is my kind of movie’, but I knew this spoke the truth and was exactly everyone’s kind of movie. Everyone should watch it and be moved by the power of true journalism. As I’ve said before, Spotlight isn’t flashy pizzazy. It didn’t judge; But it revealed. I didn’t jump out of my seat screaming like when Leo won. But I was silently happy that the most important film of the year will finally get even more recognition and bring about more awareness about sexual abuse by religious institutions. Kudos to the real Spotlight team for bringing justice.
I don’t know about you, but clearly Michael Keaton’s overjoyed 🙂 I mean, who wouldn’t be just to be part of something so meaningful. ‘Fuck yeah!’