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Old 02-29-2016, 11:04 AM   #166
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Personally, I thought the most salient point made by Chris Rock last night was that the lack of diversity is as much a matter of opportunity as it is racial bias amongst the voters. It's an institutional problem. The blue chip roles aren't there unless you're lucky enough to land a spot in a high budget, racially-charged biography.
Exactly. Its not like a ton of great minority performances were passed over by the Academy for nominations, moreso minorities didn't get to act in those roles.
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Old 02-29-2016, 11:05 AM   #167
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The whole show was a patronizing farce.

And Fight the Power to close, like holy supreme fuckin irony.

I guess 99% of people alive in 1990 now have the attention span/memory of a rodent.
Yeah, Public Enemy being overlooked for a Best Song nomination is just one of the many ways Do The Right Thing got fucked that year.

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Personally, I thought the most salient point made by Chris Rock last night was that the lack of diversity is as much a matter of opportunity as it is racial bias amongst the voters. It's an institutional problem. The blue chip roles aren't there unless you're lucky enough to land a spot in a high budget, racially-charged biography.
My major problem with Rock's content (which I found mostly hilarious and scathing) was that he focused too much on acting roles. Even if more POC are cast, they're still appearing in films predominantly written and directed by white men and women. That's not legitimately offering up a diversity of vision and experience, as you can't expect whites to represent worlds they can't completely empathize with. Everything goes back to the studios buying/putting more scripts by POC into production. Following that, more POC need to be directing those scripts.

I'm not encouraging a total segregation of Hollywood, where whites only appear in films by whites, blacks only appear in films by blacks, etc. But actors are merely the vessels through which the stories are told, and what we're seeing in theatres is not the full range of the society we're living in.
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Old 02-29-2016, 11:36 AM   #168
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My major problem with Rock's content (which I found mostly hilarious and scathing) was that he focused too much on acting roles. Even if more POC are cast, they're still appearing in films predominantly written and directed by white men and women. That's not legitimately offering up a diversity of vision and experience, as you can't expect whites to represent worlds they can't completely empathize with. Everything goes back to the studios buying/putting more scripts by POC into production. Following that, more POC need to be directing those scripts.
Very true. When I saw a black screenwriter highlighted during the in memoriam segment, I was taken aback. It's not something you see very often and that needs to change if the stories being told are in any way reflective of our world in 2016.
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Dude, it's probably his greatest single on-screen moment. I was pleased.

I was disappointed they didn't take advantage of the orchestra right there to give James Horner more love. That was really surprising. Just showed him conducting for two seconds with no sound .
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Man, I'm so disappointed Spotlight won. That movie really fucked up a great topic. An important topic, and then the guys didn't even really give any thought to their speech whatsoever. You were on the stage and had every chance to make a statement, and then almost as an afterthought were like, "Make the Vatican hear us." and it was like...where have you guys been the last two years? There's traction in the Vatican, maybe not enough, but they needed to say something like that, instead of acting like the issue is still being ignored by the church. Call them out for not doing more. But don't pretend like the work of those Globe reporters has been for nothing.
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Old 02-29-2016, 12:35 PM   #171
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I really liked Spotlight. Way more than Big Short, which I saw a lot of people were predicting over the weekend.
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Spotlight is the first film in like 60+ years to win Best Picture with only one other award. My guess is that if there wasn't category confusion with Keaton and he had been promoted solely in supporting, he may have won. But it really was a true ensemble effort.

12 Years A Slave only won two additional.
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I am so disappointed that I haven't watched any of movies nominated or even won. except for Inside out.
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Old 02-29-2016, 04:25 PM   #174
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Spotlight was very good. My beef is that the 'moment' the film turns, hinges on Stanley Tucci's poor recall.

Solid procedural movie that peels back the layers of the onion. I love these movies. However there weren't any classic moments or scenes except for the very end when the phones start ringing off the hook.

Revenant was great for a period piece and showcase of human endurance. But I'm in not hurry to watch it again because it was draining on me as a viewer. In the same league as "There Will Be Blood"

I was rooting for "The Big Short". It was a heist movie that explained the complicated meltdown that affected the world. Glad McKay got an award for Screenplay. Proud of my fellow Penn Stater. Amazing that it took the director of Anchorman to explain the housing bubble in a fun movie that did have a moral compass within its characters.

I always enjoy reading the Honest Oscar Ballots on Hollywood Reporter to see what the voters thought. They only published 3 this year.

I was also pulling for Sly but Mark Rylance owned "Bridge of Spies". Nice win for Ex Machina. Another takeaway from the awards, Tom Hardy and Alicia Vikander had monster years.
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If only more prominent people would "preach" so passionately about how our environment is going down the toilet.

There isn't a more important issue.

Exactly! The dude had millions of people watching at that moment. That is the moment to seize the opportunity and say something meaningful. It ain't just about thanking the Academy and your agent. Leo delivered a great speech.
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it's kinda funny that Leo's Facebook page is filled with climate issues and his non-acting work.
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Revenant was great for a period piece and showcase of human endurance. But I'm in not hurry to watch it again because it was draining on me as a viewer. In the same league as "There Will Be a Blood".
TWBB is a considerably more intelligent film. So in that regard I don't think it's in the same league.
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Call my cynical but "we! gotta! help! the! environment!" does nothing but boost Leo's own ego.
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He's pretty active w/r/t environmental issues, not just spouting about it in interviews and speeches:

How Leonardo DiCaprio became one of the world's top climate change champions | Environment | The Guardian

You're a journalist, right? Have you considered that he was brought up by decent parents and actually cares, and wants to do something to make a difference? You sound like a generic Bono hater.
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I'm having a very cynical day. I didn't get much sleep.

But I would like to think that most journalists wouldn't give him a pat on the back just for saying something nice and generic about the environment.
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