This year we celebrated the 92nd Oscars and what a night it was. The celebs entranced us in stunning gowns and glittering dresses. The sleek, classy tuxedos the stars showed off on the red carpet were a sight to see. It was glamorous, a fashion show in its own right, but more importantly it was a celebration of the film industry.
Awarding artistic and technical merit, Oscars recognize and appreciate excellence in cinematic achievements. The golden trophy, coveted by all, is a symbol of prestige.
From when it began in 1929, the platform has evolved. After backlash against Kevin Hart’s history of homophobic jokes the management removed him from the host position last year and since then has continued without a host. They even tried to bring diversity to its nomination after they received criticism for the lack of representation of people of color. However, the awards have yet to get as inclusive as they should. So much has happened and the latest installment was just as entertaining and historic as its predecessor, may be a tad more so. If you missed the event, here are the highlights.
Show without a Host
Like last year, this year the Oscars took place without a host. While it could’ve gotten drab and boring, the former show presenters, Steve Martin and Chris Rock, made the event funny and entertaining. Their jokes targeted the best of the best.
From taking a dig at the Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos: “Jeff Bezos is so rich, he got divorced, and he’s still the richest man in the world,” said Rock adding, “He saw ‘Marriage Story’ and thought it was a comedy”they made sure to let their disapproval of lack of racial diversity show:“Cynthia did such a great job in ‘Harriet’ hiding black people,” said Rock, “that the Academy got her to hide all the black nominees.” Rock even made sure to criticize absence of female in the nominations for the directing category. It seems as though the Oscars hasn’t really accepted that gender roles are changing and women are taking up roles directing movies and what not.
The Oscars is all about great music and dance routines and this year too it did not fail to deliver. Of the few that mesmerized the audience include Billy Porter’s rendition of Elton John’s ‘I’m Still Standing’ where he was joined by Janelle Monáe. The sparkly costumes and great vocals made for a great night.
IdinaMenzel, who performed ‘Frozen’ track ‘Let it Go’ last year, again gave an enchanting performance singing ‘Into the Unknown’, a track from ‘Frozen 2’. The beautiful melody reverberating through the air was accompanied by a great setup on the stage. Surrounded by shiny diamonds it looked like scene right out of the movie.
Cats take the stage
The Cats movie was a huge flop. No matter what the story or how good, the absence of good CGI ensured it would become a laughing stock way before it premiered. While the cast and the production team may have had their hopes up expecting recognition of sorts, they did not get it. However, the cats from the movie did make an appearance. James Corden and Rebel Wilson came out dressed as the cats and honestly they looked the same as the ones in the movie even without the visual effects.
Eminem performs 17-year-old rap
We don’t know why it was a part of the performance lineup, but it was and while we can’t say it was the best performance it wasn’t bad either, just irrelevant really.
Eminem performed his rap ‘Lose Yourself’ from 2013’s ‘Eight Mile’ as a montage of Oscar-winning songs played in the background. To all the old fans at home, it may have brought back memories but at the awards themselves it just didn’t fit. It may have beensuitable in the show 17 years ago when Eminem won an Oscar for the rap but a long time has passed.
Joaquin wins Best Actor
With the absolutely crazy performance of Joker he put up, how could Phoenix not win? However, it was his acceptance speech that got everyone’s attention. Talking about racism, queerness, misogyny, cancel culture, animal rights and personal sacrifice he raised some very important issues. “I think whether we’re talking about gender inequality or racism or queer rights or indigenous rights or animal rights, we’re talking about the fight against injustice — against the belief that one nation, one race, one gender or one species has the right to dominate, control, and use and exploit another with impunity,” he said in his speech.
Parasite takes home Best Picture
The end was triumphant with the underdog, Parasite, winning the category for Best Picture. What is noteworthy is the fact that it is the first non-English film that managed to do so. Placed in the race against the likes of ‘1917’ the chances were low since it wasn’t even in English, but maybe times are finally changing. It took a long time coming, but it was decidedly a deserving win.
The producer Kwak Sin-ae, accepting his award, said that he was speechless and, “We never imagined this to ever happen. We are so happy. I feel like a very opportune moment in history is happening right now.”
The Oscars always offer a good time to all the people watching and those receiving the award, it is an honor. The show is a must watch for all fans and if you missed it this year be sure to get charter spectrum dallastx and stream it all now. While we covered the highlights here, there is still a lot to watch. You wouldn’t want to miss the reactions the hosts evoked, and of course no words can capture the enchanting performances. Be sure to get a high-speed internet connection and stream the glamorous night.