leave your inhibitions at the door
Despite all my sophomoric humor, shallow observations of the human condition, and pictures of young, beautiful, scantily-clad celebrities:
I can finally, in this blog, point to evidence of personal growth.
In 2014 and 2015, my annual Oscars music posts featured these words:
The Academy Awards are this Sunday and I’ve once again failed to see ANY of the films nominated for Best Picture.
This is the year I’ve broken that barrier – I saw the last half hour of The Martian and have Mad Max Fury Road on my DVR. #BabySteps
Speaking of barriers… A great deal was made of the fact that not one black person was nominated for any of the acting and directing categories. I get it and agree. The Oscars are whiter and more dated than this 2009 MacBook that I’m typing on right now.
Sure there were some portrayals this year that could’ve been nominated – Michael B Jordan (Creed), Idris Elba (Beasts of No Nation), and Will Smith (Concussion). But all indications are that Concussion just plained sucked. And as good as Elba was, there’s no way in hell a movie made by Netflix was going to get nominated by the awards ceremony that only exists because of the major studios. As for Jordan? I’m sure there are many, many other people of all colors that unfortunately weren’t recognized for their powerful performances. The Oscars love period pieces and stories of people overcoming great obstacles – and wins by Ray, 12 Years a Slave, and Selma show that, once nominated, films that feature black people can win.
The real source of the problem is that The Oscars are reflective of the movies and roles that were released and those aren’t very diverse. That’s not to say the movie industry is innocent here. They have to do a much better job of casting minority actors, hiring minority directors, and funding movies by minority writers. Star Wars: The Force Awakens did just fine with a black stormtrooper. And a multi-racial cast may have made Terminator: Genisys a lot better.
And the Nominees for Best Original Song are…
Simple Song #3 by Sumi Jo (from Youth)
– Fucking opera? No, just no.
“Writing’s on the Wall” by Sam Smith (Spectre)
– He won the Golden Globe for this song and it’s not bad, a little boring. But not as boring as this…
Manta Ray by J.Ralph and Antony (Racing Extincion)
– I have not idea that song was. Next.
“Til it Happens to You” by Lady Gaga (The Hunting Ground)
– More of Lady Gaga’s weird voice affectation. Ugh.
“Earned It” by The Weeknd (50 Shades of Grey)
– So should I feel guilty about posting a video with strippers immediately after one about date rape?
I really like the Weeknd song and it really captures the emotions of the movie. And remember what I said about The Oscars being sooo white and out-of-touch? That gives that opera song an inside track.
I’m going to go out on a limb and pick the Lady Gaga song. Not just because the film is very topical or because Lady Gaga is experiencing a resurgence in popularity. Those help. The reason why I’m picking this is that it’s written by Diane Warren. This is her EIGHTH nomination and she hasn’t won yet.
Law of averages, baby. Law of averages.
Have you seen any of the Best Picture nominees? Which one do you think will win?