I did not do very well at predicting the Academy Awards this year. I had a score of 2/6 or about 33%. Which if you look up the “percentage to letter grade conversion” on Google, turns out to be a big ole F. I’m not too sure what I expected since I didn’t even hit the 50% mark!
Anywho … the red carpet had been rolled up, the Dolby Theatre is free to host other events again, and the event co-ordinator has probably already started planning for next year. So here are my thoughts from the 88th Academy Awards with a follow up of my (often failed) predictions.
The Year in Film: One of my favourite things about the Academy Awards. The opening montage was filled with uplifting and inspiring moments from the films of the past 12 months.
Presenting the Presenters: I loved that this year the presenters had facts next to them on screen. Each fact gave an example of the presenter’s work including any past Oscar nominations or wins.
Script Reading for Professionals: This year the presenters read excerpts from the scripts that were up for screenplay awards. The dialogue was portrayed with the film’s own sound but the presenters read extra descriptions or instructions included in the screenplay. It was a very interesting way of highlighting different aspects of the craft.
Thank You for the Credits: It was a great idea to have the nominees provide a list before the ceremony of people they wanted to thank. The names rolled along the bottom of the screen once the winner was announced. This allowed the speeches to be more concise, made it less likely that anyone was forgotten and saved winners from being cut off by the music before thanking everyone. It also gave many of this year’s winners the chance to spend a few precious extra seconds on anecdotes or personal causes.
James Burned: Sarah Silverman is a very funny lady and her introduction of Sam Smith performing Writing’s On the Wall from Spectre did not disappoint. It was filled with jabs at the action hero for his sexual prowess and treatment of his ladies throughout the years.
The Most Animated Presenters: … were actually animated! The minions Bob, Stu and Kevin presented best animated short, while Woody and Buzz from Pixar’s Toy Story presented the best animated feature film Oscar to Pixar’s Inside Out. I love the minions and seeing them present an Oscar was hilarious. Having Woody and Buzz present an award that was obviously going to go to a Pixar film was very good … having Woody and Buzz collapse into their “toy” poses as the winners approached was brilliant.
Chris Rocks: Chris Rock’s hosting throughout the ceremony was funny and very much in line with his style of comedy. My favourite part though was when he brought in Girl Scouts selling cookies to the celebrities for his daughters’ troop. Somehow they sold more than $65,000 worth of Girl Scout cookies at the Oscars which is pretty sweet.
Animated Feature Film
What I thought would win: Inside Out
What I wanted to win: Inside Out
What won: Inside Out
Actress in a Supporting Role
Who I thought would win: Kate Winslet (Steve Jobs)
Who I wanted to win: Kate Winslet (Steve Jobs)
Who won: Alicia Vikander (The Danish Girl)
Actor in a Supporting Role
Who I thought would win: Mark Ruffalo (Spotlight)
Who I wanted to win: Sylvester Stallone (Creed)
Who won: Mark Rylance (Bridge of Spies)
Actress in a Leading Role
Who I thought would win: Jennifer Lawrence (Joy)
Who I wanted to win: Jennifer Lawrence (Joy)
Who won: Brie Larson (Room)
Actor in a Leading Role
Who I thought would win: Leonardo DiCaprio (The Revenant)
Who I wanted to win: Matt Damon (The Martian)
Who won: Leonardo DiCaprio (The Revenant)
What I thought would win: The Revenant
What I wanted to win: Mad Max: Fury Road
What won: Spotlight