Saturday, March 10, 2018

90th Oscars: , Sunday, March 4 2018

The Oscars 90 this year was the most enjoyable I have ever experienced, in all the many years I have been watching the show. The Oscars was produced by Michael De Luca and Jennifer Todd. Glenn Weiss directed. What an improvement! They did last year's show too, when the quantum leap forward began. This year was even better.

I loved the stage setting. I like gorgeous, full of splendid colour, and constantly changing in surprising ways. The Swarovski crystals were stunning, and Derek McLean, the designer of the set, deserved an Oscar himself for his incredible work.

I liked that the Academy had asked the women not to wear black. I love the Red Carpet, and what a pleasure to see so many beautiful women arrayed in many colours. I like elegant, and this was difficult to find. Boobs hanging out doesn't do it for me.

I feel embarrassed for the women who cheapen their image by showing too much flesh. A few of the dresses had two strips of fabric as the front bodice: I found this most unflattering.

But there were many women who were elegant. Maya Rudolph in this elegant gown was also striking. Tiffany Haddish was outstanding in this elegant and original design.

Jimmy Kimmel was polished, funny, and tactful: his barbs weren't malicious. His little side trip off to another cinema across the road, to thank the audience for supporting the film industry, was an
unnecessary diversion. Most of the recipients of Oscars kept their remarks mercifully short and free of politics, but Frances McDormand asked the women nominees to stand, and this was well-received. She made a few other remarks in favour of women, and this was allowed as she won the Oscar for Best Actress for her incredible performance in Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri. Her dress was elegant and striking, but perhaps not the best colour for her.

The other winners of Oscars were as expected, in my opinion. Gary Oldman won for his Churchill in The Darkest Hour. Allison Janney won Best Supporting Actress for her portrayal of Tonya Harding's mother in I, Tonya. She looked elegant and striking in my favourite colour of red. Sam Rockwell won his Oscar for best supporting actor as the corrupt policeman in Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.
Best Picture went to Shape of Water and Best Director went to Guillermo del Toro who created the film. He also wrote the screenplay along with Vanessa Taylor. The film was highly original and imaginative. A fantasy fairytale, It portrayed the love story between an amphibian god-humanoid and a human woman. This idea is not new, but in this case, the woman was able to become amphibious herself because her lover was also a god, capable of magically giving her the necessary gills. del Toro loves monsters, and there were many in this movie. There were many fascinating facets to the film, but, best of all, like all good fariytales, it had a happy ending. The amphibion and the human woman had sex, and lived happily ever after, we were left to believe.

I was disappointed that Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, didn't get the Oscar for Best Picture and that Martin McDonagh wasn't awarded Best Director and Best Writer. I found myself touched by this film, in a way that doesn't usually happen to me. On the other hand, perhaps the story and characters were too ordinary, certainly compared to Shape of Water

Altogether, a wonderful show. I had almost given up on the Oscars as they had become so infantile, but I'm glad I didn't as I might have missed this one.

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