Po­lit­i­cally charged

Win­ners and pre­sen­ters use their mo­ment on stage to shine a light on all sorts of is­sues, colour be­ing the most pro­nounced.

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - MOVIES - By BRENT LANG

IN an up­set vic­tory, news­pa­per drama Spot­light won Best Pic­ture at the 88th Academy Awards over heav­ily favoured sur­vival epic The Revenant. The drama about the Bos­ton Glob be’s in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the Cat holic Church sex­ual abus se scan­dal also nabbedd a statue for its scree en­play, while Mad M Max: Fury Road picked d up a lead­ing six O Os­cars ex­clu­sively in tech­ni­cal cat­ego ories.

Though it t missed out on Best Pic­ture, The Reve­nan nt didn’t go home empty y handed, win­ning Be st Di­rec­tor for Ale­jandr ro G. Inar­ritu, Be est Ac­tor for star Leo onardo DiCaprio, an nd Best Cine­matogr ra­phy.

It was a p po­lit­i­cally charge ed evening, on ne in which winn ners and present ters used their m mo­ment on stage to s shine a light on issu ues rang­ing fromm global warm­ing g to cam­pus rape. Su un­day’s cer­e­mony also un­folded in the wake of per­haps the gravest cri­sis the an­nual show has faced. Back­lash over the lack of nom­i­na­tions for ac­tors of colour for the se­cond straight year, threat­ened to over­shadow the broad­cast it­self, , lead­ing to boy­cotts from top fig­ures. Re­turn­ing for a se­cond stint as the broad­cast’s host, Chris Rock lost no time dis­pens­ing with the ele­phant in the room. In a mono­logue that took on the is­sue of race head on, Rock went on to note that he con­sid­ered quit­ting the host­ing gig, be­fore say­ing he re­con­sid­ered.

Race was a sub­ject that Rock re­turned to through­out the pro­gramme with gags that in­cluded imag­in­ingg g nom­i­nated films such as The Revenant and TheT Mar­tian re­cast with African- Am mer­i­can ac­tors like Whoopi Go ld­berg and Tracy Mor­gan, and a bitb that found him in­ter­viewin ng movie­go­ers out­side e a Comp­ton thea atre about thee di­ver­sity con ntro­versy. A yea ar af­ter scor­ing a fil lm­mak­ing Os­car fo or Bird­man, Inar­ritu be­cameb only the third pe er­son in his­tory to win back- to- ba ack Os­cars, join­ing an ex­clu­sive group that also in­cludes John Fo ord and Joseph L. Mankiewicz. In an evening where race do om­i­nated the con­ver­sa­tion, Inar­ritu urged this gen­er­a­tion to “lib­er­ate e our­self from all prej­u­dice” andd looked for­ward to a day when “th he colour of the skin be­comes as irr rel­e­vant as the length of our hair””

As ex­pected, DiCapri io earned his first Os­car af­ter five pr re­vi­ous nom­i­na­tions for push­ing hi im­self to phys­i­cal ex­tremes as a hunter left for dead in the wildern ness. Ac­cept­ing his statue, D DiCaprio

rock uses the # Os­carsoWhite con­tro­versy in his open­ing mono­logue. — AP

Nine- year- old Ja­cob Trem­blay, the star of

has his first Os­car ex­pe­ri­ence. — AFP

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