ith the 90th annual Oscars being held at 1am Monday morning, I feel like I’ve just caught up from my Hollywood slumber. We all at this point know who won, who lost and who’s Oscar got temporarily stolen for a few hours but here’s my take on the insufferably long event that caused us to perform the Macarena to stay awake.
ABC’s very own late night host did a fine job of hosting and his monologue was smart, witty and respectful. Kimmel does a great job of balancing his comedy, with serious matters and light hearted jibes. He set a tone that is very unusual for these kind of events, especially in comparison to his stint last year. With the car crash of a year Hollywood and the media has had, I can understand why. When the truth poured out about Harvey Weinstein, it was echoed and was heard loud and clear throughout the world. It was the kind of shake that was needed to wake up not only the film industry but countless others to its seedy underbelly.
Did I enjoy it Kimmel’s Monologue? Sure. Was it funny? If you count a chuckle, yes. Could it have gone further? 100%. As a viewer, I wasn’t entertained. If I’m sat at home in my PJ’s with a pizza I want to feel in on the jokes. Ricky Gervais is a master of this because he plays for the every man. If you want one done right, Watch Nick Kroll and John Mulaney’s monologue at the Independent Spirit Awards to see a completely different approach (it’s much funnier).
Kimmel’s School Trip
After last year’s highlight, of a Hollywood Bus Tour being hijacked and the lucky tourists being walked through the Dolby Theatre, Kimmel prayed lightening would strike twice and pulled a stunt that sounds too familiar to an episode of Ant and Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway. The mission was to surprise movie goers at a special preview of Disney’s A Wrinkle in Time (ABC is owned by Disney, recognise a theme here?). However, it all came together like an impromptu night out where none of your mates show up and you’re sharing a taxi with 3 people you haven’t spoken to in years. Stars such as Gal Gadot, Margot Robbie, Armie Hammer and Guillermo del Toro crossed the street and threw hot dogs at people. Why couldn’t Reese Witherspoon or Oprah be in one the joke? Maybe that would have rallied more stars?
The Shape of Water Came out on top.
Despite most people saying anyone could win at this year’s Oscars, for me it was always a two horse race between Three Billboards and The Shape of Water for Best Picture and Best Director. It was a big moment for Guillermo del Toro as he won both and deservedly so. A big deal for the fantasy genre for this incredibly masterful picture. A moment only made better when Jennifer Garner had a sudden realisation and took to social media to voice over the clip saying “Maybe I should date a fish”.
Undoubtedly 2017’s breakout star, Tiffany Haddish and Maya Rudolph stole the show. Their comedy was incredibly witty and honestly what we needed! Their personalities and delivery marinated perfectly and the audience lapped it up. It was joke after joke about whether the Oscars were becoming too black; following the recent Oscars too white hashtag. If the universe is reading this, please hire this dynamic duo to host next year.
Other great hosts include Jodie “my name is Tallulah” Foster and Jennifer Lawrence with a hilarious bit about how malicious Meryl Streep is, Sandra Bullock and how the lights are too bright. Even Emma Stone had a go at being political.
It would be a crime to miss EGOT Rita Moreno living her best life presenting in her re-purposed gown from when she won her Oscar at the 1962 Academy Awards for playing the iconic Anita in West Side Story.
With the Oscars being the last ceremony of the season, it’s always slightly predictable who will win. My awards season hero, Frances McDormand, won best actress for Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri and delivered a speech nothing short of what we are used to. Frances reminded us that the future is female and encouraged all of the female nominee’s to stand up with her. Very Cady Heron in Mean Girls of her.
Jordan Peele got the recognition he deserved and won for best screenplay, whilst Rachel Shenton stole our hearts for signing her speech for winning best short film.
And there we go, that’s it! Let’s all meet again next year!