I feel sorry for this year’s Oscar winners. Sure, they got the golden statuettes they’ve been waiting for in their careers. Yes, they can now be credited as “Oscar Winners” on any movie poster for the rest of their lives.
but Will anyone remember which film won Best Original Screenplay at the Dolby Theater after the hoax?
The Academy Awards 2022 will be Remember not that Troy Kotsur became the first deaf male actor to win an Oscar, or that Ariana DeBose became the first openly queer woman of color to win Best Supporting Actress, but that Will Smith slapped Chris Rock in the face .
Even those of you who aren’t tuned into the 24/7 showbiz frequency will know what happened. After Rock made a joke about Smith’s wife Jada’s shaved head — despite the actress having openly said she suffers from alopecia — Smith stomped onto the stage, slapped at the comedian’s face and later shouted from his seat that Rock “should endure my wife’s name mouth” – with expletives added.
It’s led to a whole week of discourse over whether Rock should have made the joke, whether Smith should have hit him, and even whether Smith’s standing up for his wife was toxic masculinity.
I think soToo bad that in a year when the Oscars were desperately trying to regain some credibility, all one can talk about is quite an embarrassing situation for everyone involved, rather than what I was hoping for — an over-the-top celebrity night of pomp.
Yes, sure, the Oscars are about the movies. I watch as many of the nominated films as possible before Oscar night. I have my favorites, I’m wildly speculating on how the Academy will vote.
But much more than that, I crave for celebs to be celebs — flattering, beautiful, headline-grabbing celebs giving 10-minute acceptance speeches and thinking their random biopic changed lives.
Until the stroke, the 2022 Oscars were looking promising. The red carpet belonged to young Hollywood when Timothée Chalamet walked out in an embroidered blazer and shirtless, causing the kind of howl in my house you’d expect from a Harry Styles concert. His dune Co-star Zendaya followed, looking like she’d walked off the cover of Fashion.
Kristen Stewart made her Oscar-nominated debut in a shirt that was unbuttoned to the belly button and Chanel hot pants that skimmed the butt.
It was a classic show stop and it reminded me of what I had missed during the Pandemic with no awards season – that a very expensive outfit can make you forget your worries.
While the ceremony was definitely marred, there was a gleam of new meets old Hollywood when Lady Gaga and Liza Minnelli present together. Gaga had to prove what a lovely person she is by helping Minnelli read her cards, and audiences got to bask in the glory an entertainment legend.
I think all awards shows could use a 10 minute segment with stars applauding gay icons. The Oscars want to bring viewers back through editing technical awards. the Moments I remember most are your Gwyneth Paltrow cries, your Sally Field speeches, your Adrien Brody kisses.
I want celebrities to be overly sincere, crying over a statue and acting like that is the most important thing in the world when we all know it’s not.
But isn’t it sometimes nice to simply sink into the imagination?
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