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