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10 Thoughts On The 93rd Oscars

After the debacle that was the 2021 Golden Globes, The Oscars had to be better right? Not really. This was easily the worst Oscars show I have ever seen. Yes, even worse than the trainwreck that was hosted by James Franco and Anne Hathway. I can give the show some leeway given that it is taking place during a pandemic. Obviously, safety was of the utmost importance and the show had to be different, but the show forgot to be entertaining. Below I have posted 10 thoughts on the show as a whole. 

1. Chloé Zhao was the big winner of the night. Not only is she only the second female director to ever win Best Director, but “Nomadland” won Best Picture. I can’t wait to see where her career goes next.

2. The Union Station venue was certainly unique but it made the event feel too small. Granted, it was designed to only house a certain amount of people, but the Oscars shouldn’t feel like an assembly like this did. The Dolby Theatre was certainly missed.

3. The order of the awards was all over the place. Best Picture wasn’t last as it usually is, Best Director was in the middle of the show, and the Best Song performances took place in the pre-show. I suppose it’s interesting to mix it up, but it felt too disorganized.

4. If there’s one word I could use to describe the 93rd Oscars it’s “wordy.” Between the long speeches and the get to know nominee introductions, there was way too much talking at this year’s Oscars. 

5. As much talking as there was in Oscars, there was a real lack of humor. Aside from the Lil Rey Howery Oscar trivia bit (which was far and away the highlight comedy wise), the show needed some jokes or even a comedic musical number to provide some much needed entertainment.

6. What was with the lack of clips? For an Award show that is about celebrating movies, most categories were without clips. Instead presenters such as Laura Dern and Regina King were talking about the nominees and their past. You’re supposed to show not tell!

7. The lack of an orchestra felt really awkward. No winners were played off and, as such, the winners could speak as long as they wanted. In place of the orchestra was Questlove who acted as the DJ of the event. He played some very strange and seemingly random selections that felt out of place for much of the show.

8. Youn Yuh-jung became the first Korean to win an acting award at the Oscars for her moving performance as Soon-ja the grandmother in “Minari.”

9. For me, the person of the night was Tyler Perry who won the Humanitarian Award. Between the video that was shown and his heartfelt speech about refusing hate, it was the most moving moment of the night.

10. The biggest and perhaps only shock of the night was Sir Anthony Hopkins winning Best Actor for “The Father.” No disrespect to the actor who gave a fine performance, but I think most people (myself included) expected the late Chadwick Boseman to win a posthumous Oscar for his brilliant work in “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom.” 

April 25, 2021 - Posted by | List | , , , , , ,

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