Just a few months ago Saturday Night Live did a clever sketch in which several actors audition to be the new host of the 91st Academy Awards after some particularly bigoted tweets of a certain host came to the surface. (I think you know who I’m talking about) It featured the SNL cast impersonating people such as Hannah Gadsby, Allison Janney, Kanye West and Rami Malek.
Fast forward a few months later and Kevin Hart finally issued an official apology for his homophobic tweets after much pressure and decided even after Ellen DeGeneres’ persistent efforts to forgive him and get him back his reputation, he finally stepped down. And so there probably won’t be a host this year.
Not only that but The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced it is also going to cut four very important awards from airing live during the ceremony: Best Cinematography, Best Editing, Best Live Action Short, and Best Makeup and Hairstyling. This means we won’t get a chance to stand up and cheer from the comfort of our living rooms when these people win. However, they will be somehow edited back into the broadcast at a TBD time, so we’ll get to see the speeches. Just not during the time when they’re supposed to be seen. (aka on our television screens)
Also, cinematography, makeup, hair, and editing are all things that make films the masterpieces they are, whether or not they become popular movies. As much as I didn’t enjoy the overall message of Black Swan, the cinematography was incredibly captivating. The blends of dark shades of color, the incredibly nuanced lighting…even the end credits (I talked about those at some length in my post about the film itself, but not enough) where they have the black lettering of the film crew’s names against the cream white background while black feathers are floating around the screen gives the film its deeply scary effect. None of this would have been possible without Matthew Libatique’s incredible behind the scenes camera work. And the masterful way they transformed Nina from the White Swan into the Black Swan? That’s the makeup and hairstyling crew for you.
In all, I am rather disappointed by the Academy’s decision. I’ll still watch it, but I’m probably going to not like it as much as previous awards ceremonies. Although I wouldn’t mind if they had Rachel Brosnahan as a host, or Hannah Gadsby.
Thoughts about the Oscar’s changes? Let me know in the comments!