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re: Congrats to Tony Winner and now 3-time Oscar Winner (for acting) and 1 for Producing Frances McDormand
Last Edit: WaymanWong 04:38 am EDT 04/26/21
Posted by: WaymanWong 04:22 am EDT 04/26/21
In reply to: re: Congrats to Tony Winner and now 3-time Oscar Winner (for acting) and 1 for Producing Frances McDormand - mikem 01:11 am EDT 04/26/21

That had to be one of the most bizarre and boneheaded Oscar broadcasts I've ever seen.

The evening's producers (Steven Soderbergh, Jesse Collins and Stacey Sher) had promised an Academy Awards that would be ''more cinematic.'' But the show's reliance on the presenters to give long-winded introductions to the nominees, only seemed to encourage even longer acceptance speeches. And that made the festivities seem even more stagebound and draggier than ever. In a year where millions didn't even get to SEE these Oscar-nominated movies, it was a weird choice NOT to show clips from many of the featured performances and films, so home viewers might get a glimpse of what won the awards and why. If anything, the clips might've encouraged folks to seek these movies at the theaters or stream them.

Best Picture is traditionally the last Oscar given out, but here Soderbergh & Co. moved Best Actress and Best Actor to the very end. Clearly, they expected the evening to wind up on an emotional high with a widely predicted posthumous victory for Chadwick Boseman (for ''Ma Rainey's Black Bottom''). Boseman previously had won the Golden Globe, the Critics' Choice and SAG Awards. But this gamble blew up in their face when Anthony Hopkins scored an upset for the film version of ''The Father'' and was a no-show at the ceremony. Yet there had been buzz of an upset. Hopkins had recently won the BAFTA and announced that he wouldn't be attending the Oscars. (Personally, I thought Boseman deserved to win.)

In a year that celebrated diversity, the losses of Boseman & Viola Davis (''Ma Rainey's'') underscored how hard it still is for blacks to win Best Actor and Actress. In the 93-year history of the Academy Awards, only 4 African-American men and 1 African-American woman have triumphed there.

Anyway, when it came to movies based on plays: ''The Father'' won two Oscars: Best Actor and Adapted Screenplay. ''Ma Rainey's'' won two Oscars: Makeup and Hair and Costumes. ''One Night in Miami'' was shut out; Leslie Odom Jr, lost both of his bids: for Supporting Actor and Song.

Meantime, the trailers for ''West Side Story'' and ''In the Heights'' played during the telecast; looks like they'll square off for the 2022 Oscars!
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