Oscars 2017 Best Picture Mix Up

Okay, so it was worth staying awake the entire night after all. I mean, who would’ve though the wrong movie was going to be announced Best Picture? Quite crazy, if you ask me. One would assume they’d make sure this doesn’t happen… apparently not. That was a tiny bit embarrassing for the producers of the show.

356d2c4ab5a2c5d1b96ae8457589bfa6Okay, first things first: Warren Beatty is entirely innocent. If anyone on stage is to blame it’s Faye Dunaway. Warren was confused and obviously tried to come to terms with Faye about what to do. He obviously didn’t want to announce the winner, because it was clear there was something wong. Feye on the other hand, obviously happy for Lalaland, pushed Warren to announce the winner and eventually did it herself.

There were two sets of envelopes and unfortunately, they were given the second envelope for Best Actress in a Leading Role instead of one of the two Best Picture envelopes. How such a grave mistake could’ve happen, even though the individual envelopes are labeled, I don’t know. I just know some people watching on TV took screenshots showing that Warren indeed had the wrong envelope in his hands and didn’t notice. I can understand, I mean, I wouldn’t doublecheck myself, as I’d assume they’d give me the rigt envelope. It was their job to announce the winner, not to make sure they get the right envelope handed to them.

I still blame Faye to press forward in joy over the supposed win of Lalaland, I mean, she must’ve seen “Emma Stone, Lalaland” written in there, Warren clearly showed it to her, but instead of making sure this fishy envelope is actually right, she just went on and announced Lalaland to be the winner. Personally, I think the two of them should’ve gone backstage or asked someone from the crew to come to the stage, because there’s something wrong with the envelope. Sure, that would interrupt the award ceremony, but that would’ve been better than the mess we ended up with.

That being said, the crew from Lalaland proved to be extreamly gracious losers, even after someone on stage suggested they should just keep the Oscar (really? REALLY? That’s just disgusting). They very very nice towards the actual winners and earned a great deal of respect for their fairness. The situation was bad for both the crew of Lalaland and the Moonlight, but I think Lalaland has it even worse. I mean, imagine being told you just won the most important award for movies, only to realize shortly after it’s all a mistake – still on stage with millions of people watching. That’s really, really bad. I’m pretty sure it wasn’t nice for Moonlight to win like this either, but at least they went out of it with the Oscar in their hands.

Is Moonlight a deserving winner? I don’t know. I haven’t seen Lalaland yet, because I have absolutely zero interest in that movie. I love musicals, but I’m usually not a big fan of romance, I don’t watch romances. (funny, though, because I usuall have no problem with romance anime/manga, but in live action movies it makes my toenails roll up) I know I’m probably the least romantic female being on the planet, but Lalaland just doesn’t appeal to me at all. The next cinema is literally 10 minutes by foot from my home and Lalaland is mv5bnzqxntiyodaxmv5bml5banbnxkftztgwnzqymda3ote-_v1_uy1200_cr9006301200_al_showing. I could stand up and watch is right now, but something in me just doesn’t want to.

On the other hand, I also haven’t seen Moonlight, because it hasn’t even started showing in Germany yet. However, thanks to winning 3 Oscars including Best Picture, I have hopes they’ll show it at said cinema 10 minutes by foot from my home. It’s a very small cinema, so they don’t show all the movies, especially not the ones expeted to attrackt a smaller audience. Ever since I first read about Moonlight I wanted to see that movie, I hate romances, but love this stuff. I love the kind of movies that move you emotionally, that make you think, that point a finger and open your eyes to problems you haven’t really seen so far.

So, I’ll try to see Moonlight in cinema and see if it’s a worthy winner. I just read someone complaining people forget about the best picture winners after a year anyway, because it’s movies nobody watches, but I watch them and I like them.


The Oscars 2016 – Best Actor

I’m no movie expert, but I keep my ears and eyes open what happens around oscar season and one of the big talks is the Best Actor category. While some talk about a weak year of performances, other’s call out a strong list of actors, it’s… weird.

Either way, the big talk is, especially after the Golden Globes, Leonardo DiCaprio. But why is that? The amount of support he receives for his first possible Oscar is huge, the internet loves him. Sure, the internet would also love to see him get nominated and robbed to make an armada of memes out of it, but right now there’s a lot of people who want to see him win an oscar, but there’s other actors who did amazingly well, too.

Speaking from personal experiences, this huge support might come from the fact that Leo starred in a lot of impressives roles where he never got an oscar for, sometimes not even a nomination. In recent times, we saw his brillant performance in Django Unchained with his, now legendary, improvised scene where he was so in-character he broke the glass, accidentally cut himself with it and smeared the blood over Kerry Washingtons face. And Christoph Waltz won best Supporting Actor for Dr Schultz in the same movie. As Will Smith already noted, when he read the script: Django is not the main character, Schultz is. Waltz was awesome, I highly enjoyed his performace and I love the entire movie, but to me it was a mystery why he didn’t win “Best Actor”, because Dr Shultz really does feel like the actual leading role and not Django.

Then there’s The Wolf of Wall Street. Five Oscar nominations, not a single one awarded. I’m not saying 12 years a slave didn’t deserve the win, or that Matthew McConaughey wasn’t anthing but impressive in Dallas Buyers Club, but Leo’s performance in Wolf of Wall Street was arguably his best one to date – and that’s including a long line of top notch performances. I’d go as far and speculate, maybe this movie is the biggest reason so many people support Leo. He’s been presenting us one great performance after the other and Wolf of Wall Street sticks out as his best.

He didn’t get his oscar for Gilbert Gape, he didn’t get it for Aviator, neighter for Blood Diamond and this brilliant performance in Wolf of Wall Street was overlooked as well. There have been a lot of actors nominated a bunch of times that never got an oscar, I think the  record is 8 nominations and no oscar, but in Leo’s case I guess a lot of peoplke feel like he finally “deserves” it, because he delivered consistenly great movies and outstanding roles.

I’m sure his next nomination is a given and he’s probably one of the top contenders for Best Actor this year. I will go see the Revenant tomorrow and see for myself, if he deserves the golden statue for his performance this year. I don’t like awards given to actors for less significant roles, because they didn’t get it for their most outstanding one before. That’s just a bad consolation prize.

Either way, Oscar or not, DiCaprio is a great actor. He got 20 seconds of standing ovations at the Golden Globes, they’ll give him at least 1 minutes of standing ovations at the Oscars. Everyone knows he deserves it. And if he doesn’t win? Well, then the internet has one hell of a great time with countless of funny Leo memes and will look forward to his next nomination to start the hype all over again.