The Oscars have come and gone, just as they always have for me. Not realizing it until it was all done.
But I’m able to catch up, thanks to Twitter and Tumblr. The takeaways: American Sniper didn’t win shit, because it was a shitty movie, and white people still manage to stick it to minorities while attempting to sound like they’re sticking it to white people.
The evening began with Neil Patrick Harris’ little joke of “welcome to the best and the whitest… or rather brightest”. Most will take that as a joke that the Academy’s are really racist and run by old white dudes. Or, in reality, it could be taken as the Academy is aware of it’s racism but just doesn’t care. Will this mean the end for NPH as host? Probably not, because NPH still manages to check off the diversity box because he’s gay while still being incredibly white and also not a gay stereotype which most homophobes still view as the typical gay person.
The Awards weren’t totally white, however, as Alejandro G. Iñárritu picked up two awards. One for Original Screenplay and one for Best Director. And he was still made the butt of a joke identifying him as Mexican. We can’t walk away from garbage like that, can we. We just can’t celebrate someone’s triumph without ripping it down to make a stereotype out of someone.
Are the Academy Awards relevant anymore? They stopped being relevant for me years ago. At one time, it was a point of pride to have that “Nominated For Best Picture” or “Best Picture” sticker on the video box, displayed proudly as if to see “you need to see this movie”. Now, social media does so much better at showcasing what’s good (Selma, Birdman, Foxcatcher, Big Hero 6) and what’s shit (50 Shades of Grey, American Sniper).
There was one good thing about the Awards (aside from Alejandro G. Iñárritu picking up two). Women interviewed on the red carpet aren’t being subdued anymore with the vapid questions that red carpet interviewers are asking. They showed they would rather be talking about what they’re working on instead of what they’re wearing. They’ve been doing it for a while, but now it’s becoming a lot more vocal.
In the end, the Oscars are one big disappointment, sort of like meeting your family for some holiday meal and finding out they invited that one really racist, sexist, homophobic, Islamophobic uncle that you can’t stand and always questions your career choices. The one your really want to tell to go fuck themselves but you can’t without starting some massive fight.