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Oscar Wrap Up 2017

What an interesting night. Here are some things that flew through my head:

-First off, let me get this off my chest. La La Land deserved the awards it got. It was a visually beautiful movie, with a good score, and a good story with charming leads. (I will say I would have preferred Barry Jenkins or Denzel winning for Director but that’s me.) I don’t necessarily love the music (found it a tad bland), but City of Stars (which won) is definitely memorable. And granted I did not see Jackie or Elle, but Emma Stone winning was deserved. I thought she was great. I did say it did not deserve Best Picture, and it didn’t (more on that later). So, everyone can calm down now haha.

-I’m really glad Arrival picked up something (Sound Editing) because I feel like that one was overlooked.

-God Bless Viola Davis. She is a fucking inspiration. (pardon my language) She is who every actor should aspire to be.

-Didn’t love the choice of Casey Affleck. Personal issues aside, to me “Manchester by the Sea” was “white man does not handle grief well for two hours”. Meh.

-Yas Mahershala Ali. I missed his acceptance speech, but am very happy he won.

-Zootopia! Piper! Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (Which FINALLY brought home an Oscar for the HP franchise)

-Getting political tonight. Alright. I’m down.

-That last five minutes. Holy. Shit. I knew something was up when a white dude with a headset and envelopes started walking amongst the La La Land people. I leaned over to my friend and said “something’s wrong.” Goddamn. I wanted Moonlight  to win, and I’m so glad it did. The La La Land crew handled that awkward situation very well. Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway did not. I’m sorry. You look at the envelope and see “Emma Stone, La La Land.” You know they just gave that award out. How hard is it to be like “Oops, we already gave Emma her Oscar!” Or something jokey and dumb like that.

Overall. I think this year definitely made some strides with #oscarssowhite Thank god. Let’s make this the new baseline, the norm instead of something to work towards.

Until next year!

 
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Posted by on February 27, 2017 in Uncategorized

 

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La La Land

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Nominations: Best Picture, Leading Actor (Ryan Gosling), Leading Actress (Emma Stone), Cinematography, Costume Design, Directing (Damien Chazelle), Film Editing, Original Score, Original Song (2), Production Design, Sound Editing, Sound Mixing, and Original Screenplay (Damien Chazelle)

This was the one I was most curious to see. On one hand, I’m hearing rave reviews, it’s sweeping up award nominations, on the other, I’m hearing that it’s completely mediocre and the singing and dancing was not up to par. Granted, the latter mostly came from friends who try to make their living doing the singing and dancing thing. My stance? I am firmly in the middle. As someone who enjoys movies, this was a fun callback to Old Hollywood, Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone have chemistry for days, and this was visually beautiful to watch. As also a theatre and musical lover, I found the music bland and the dancing underwhelming. The good things first. Damn this was beautiful to watch. The way modern LA was blended with the Old Hollywood look was awesome. Gosling and Stone, while not the strongest singers and dancers, have charm and chemistry for days and they excelled in the acting portion of the movie, which was more important honestly. The singing and dancing were extra. Which is honestly why I found it a little bland possibly. I would be curious to hear this music sung by powerhouse Broadway singers. Everything in this movie sounded a little tinny. The only musical moment that truly forwarded the plot was Stone’s audition song, which was done nicely. She also got the chance to actually sing for the first time in the whole movie, instead of the whispery thing she was doing previously. The tap dance sequence on the hill was cute, but could have been spectacular. In this, it was just cute. So. Did I loathe this movie like some of my industry friends? No. I quite enjoyed it. But, I do think there was room for improvement.

7/10

 
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Posted by on February 13, 2017 in Uncategorized

 

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