(Before we get started: I did change the background color of my blog. Instead of the default grey, I switched it to a light blue, which reminds me of the glow from the Autobot Matrix of Leadership. Soothing, to be quite honest.)
The Oscars were last night and sure, I could have watched. But I haven’t watched an awards show since the early 1990s, when Schindler’s List was nominated. I’m more than a little disillusioned about them. I had to watch as Who Framed Roger Rabbit got snubbed and that pretty much killed award shows for me. They’re dog and pony shows, really. But I am forced to admit that I do care slightly–only slightly–about some of the movies that are nominated.
I’m going to be honest here: I am absolutely stunned that The Shape of Water won Best Picture. Seriously. This was a risky picture; the Academy often gives awards to the mediocre, safer pictures. The idea that an Oscar means that this movie is a groundbreaking piece of cinema art is a misnomer. The Oscar goes to something that isn’t exactly controversial. Trust me when I say, this film is not ordinary by any stretch of the imagination. As for Guillermo del Toro winning Best Director? Again, I’m stunned.
The winner for Best Animated did not surprise me: it was Coco. When I heard that, I just shrugged, as I could see that coming a mile away. It’s Disney/Pixar, so of course it was going to win.
Now, nothing against Coco. It’s probably a great movie. But, it’s a safe bet. It’s Pixar, it’s Disney, it’s a damn shoo-in. Everyone expects it to win, which is why I am more than a little disappointed that it did. Instead, the Oscar should have gone to The Breadwinner, as this one actually looks Oscar worthy. I’ve watched the teaser trailer three times and each time I’m fighting tears. This looks absolutely amazing so I can’t help but feel it deserved the Academy Award. Again, nothing against the actual winner, but I’m forced to wonder if the winner truly deserved it.
Also, why in Primus’ name was The Boss Baby and Ferdinand both nominated? They absolutely did not deserve a nod. At. All. It feels as if the Academy wanted to simply fill the category and make it look like they were nominated to pad things out. Seriously, if you’re going to nominate a film for an Oscar, make sure it’s Oscar-worthy, okay? Just because a film exists doesn’t mean you should use it to fill a couple of slots in an award show category.
I guess I’m okay with the winner for Visual Effects, Blade Runner 2049. I can’t help but feel that Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 should have gotten the nod. That might be my own personal bias, though.
As for the rest, I guess I’m okay with the results. I will, however, tease one of my friends about Dunkirk. It’s a bit of an inside joke; while sitting in an Imax theatre, waiting for Transformers: the Last Knight, we saw at least four different ads for Dunkirk. It was so bad that one of my friends was about to flip his shit over it. So I might make it a bit of a habit to point out that Dunkirk won a few statues. Because I am an asshole.