Last night I watched the Academy Awards. Here are just a few of my thoughts on it. I’m still processing it since it was such a huge night but I just wanted to get some of my thoughts out. This is not exhaustive; I just have to head to work, so I don’t really have time to draft all my thoughts in a cohesive way. So here’s just a few and I’ll definitely follow up in a later post.
-This was actually the best Oscars I’ve ever watched. Why? Because they didn’t have a host. Maya Rudolph, Tina Fey and Amy Poehler weren’t the hosts, but their opening words at the Oscars was perfect and the audience couldn’t ask for more. Also, many of the presenters were women and people of color: Queen Latifah, Michael B. Jordan, Keegan-Michael Key, Samuel L. Jackson, Awkwafina the list could go on. The running time in the past, with a host, has been really long and the Oscars normally doesn’t end until 11 pm at night. However, things moved very quickly and I liked that about this Oscars.
-Spike Lee’s reaction when he won for BlacKkKlansman was everything. Seeing Samuel L. Jackson’s reaction when he opened the envelope was priceless. And seeing Spike Lee jumped onto Samuel L. Jackson in a hug was the sweetest most beautiful moment of the evening. Spike Lee hasn’t won an Oscar before, even for his incredible films (Bamboozled, Malcolm X, Do the Right Thing. Also Spike said at the end of his speech that we’ve all gotta “do the right thing”, and it was perfect.
-Kudos to Barbara Streisand for introducing the clip montage for BlacKkKlansman. Her words resonated with the consciousness of the public and I couldn’t be more grateful. Also, her shimmering dress and beret was stunning.
-I loved Olivia Coleman’s speech when she won as Leading Actress for The Favourite. She was so nervous and didn’t have a prepared speech, and I don’t think she needed one because her sincerity at winning the award was just pure and lovely. She also has an incredible sense of humor and joked “I want to thank my kids; if you’re not watching me do this speech, well done.”
-Regina King’s win for If Beale Street Could Talk was phenomenal. I was so moved by her speech. I knew she was going to win, I just knew it. I haven’t seen the film yet, but I read the book because I wanted to see the movie.