FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
“La La Land” was over-la-la-looked in this category, even though the film is written in the language of jazz—the sexiest, most passionate dialect to have ever existed, according to the film’s protagonist. Enough. The Academy has honored films written in “languages” with “words” for far too long. It’s time for us to progress beyond traditional notions of grammar and letters and clear communication, as many of our government leaders have chosen to do.
Plenty of other films released over the past year have confronted racism, homophobia, cycles of violence and loss in beautiful, heartwrenching detail, but it’s high time we give a fluffy, longish and, well, perfectly fine movie all of the Oscars. Cheers to making the Academy great again.