Chris Rock hosts a night of notable whiteness. At least there are some controversial topics explored in the films on the table, and some tension in long-nominated artists we’re all hoping will finally go home with a golden boy tonight.
My pre-ceremony thoughts:
- Mark Ruffalo is brilliant. Spotlight is brilliant. They need to win.
- Leonardo DiCaprio saw me through my youth with What’s Eating Gilbert Grape, Romeo & Juliet, and Titanic. He is LONG OVERDUE for this award. For goodness sake someone give it to him.
- So many Australian nominations, mainly because of the highly acclaimed Mad Max: Fury Road. Let’s see if it can be the next Ben Hur/Titanic. Hooray for us!!
12:30pm: Opening monologue
Rock dubs this year’s Oscars “the white People’s Choice Awards” and takes a stab at last year’s white guy host, Neil Patrick Harris.
Commenting on why black people bother with the industry at all, he jokes “I don’t need to lose another job to Kevin Hart”.
Finally he comments on why you can’t ask woman what they’re wearing and in the meantime creates a wonderful mental image of George Clooney in a lime-green tux with a swan coming out of his ass.
12:40pm: First two Best Picture nominations announced
Bridge of Spies
12:45pm: Best Original Screenplay
Have you ever wondered why they kick off with the writing awards? Original Screenplay is one of the top categories and there are some big options on the table tonight. As already mentioned, I am favouring Spotlight wherever possible. It’s a brilliant movie.
WINNER: Josh Singer & Tom McCarthy for Spotlight
12:50pm: Best Adapted Screenplay presented by Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe
Only Russell Crowe could read the screenplay excerpts with such authority.
WINNER: Charles Randolph and Adam McKay for The Big Short
I wonder, what’s with biopics? Why do we love them?
1:00pm: Satirical clip on the lack of coloured people in tonight’s nominated movies featuring Whoopi Goldberg and Tracey Morgan, among others, taking invented roles in Joy and The Danish Girl.
It does make you wonder why they thought a white woman inventing a mop would make for essential biopic viewing.
This prompts Rock to create a Minority Outreach Program.
1:02pm: Music performance from Sam Smith, introduced by Sarah Silverman
Silverman making digs at the chauvinism of James Bond and fails to not be annoying as always.
Performance from Sam Smith, “The Writing’s on the Wall” from the movie Spectre.
Apparently he was incredibly nervous about the performance, probably because it’s just him on the stage without backup dancers and boobs to distract people from his actual talent. Good thing he has more than enough talent to carry him.
Which makes me wonder why he gets an embrassingly small amount of applause. Because he’s English?
1:07pm: Two more Best Picture nominations presented by Kerry Washington & Henry Cavill
The Big Short
1:10pm: Best Supporting Actress
I’m wondering why Rachel McAdams? Her emotional range was the width of a pencil. Which was appropriate, but surely not Oscar-worthy.
WINNER: Alicia Vikander for The Danish Girl
She looks loverly. Like a sparkly dessert version of Belle from Beauty & the Beast.
1:20pm: Best Costume Design presented by Cate Blanchett
I love Cate. Love her. Statuesque, noble, dignified, beautiful, articulate, intelligent, talented. And Australian.
WINNER: Jenny Beaven for Mad Max: Fury Road
Beaven also designed for A Room with a View. How very—not like Mad Max. Clearly a talented woman.
Squeezes in a comment about global warming.
1:20pm: Best Production Design presented by Tina Fey & Steve Carrell
WINNER: Colin Gibson & Lisa Thompson for Mad Max: Fury Road
1:26pm: Best Achievement in Makeup and Hairstyling presented by Jared Leto
WINNER: Lesley Vanderwalt, Elka Wardega & Damian Martin for Mad Max: Fury Road
More Australians! Hooray!
1:30pm: Two more Best Picture nominations presented by Benicio del Toro and Jennifer Garner
Mad Max: Fury Road
Gosh I hope Leo wins this year. I hope I hope I hope.
1:36pm: Best Achievement in Cinematography presented by Rachel McAdams
WINNER: Emmanuel Lubezki for The Revenant
1:40pm: Best Achievement in Film Editing presented by Praying Chopra and Liev Schreiber
In the nominations we are reminded that Star Wars happened this year. Where did that one go?
Btw, I think Liev Schreiber is great 🙂
WINNER: Margaret Sixel for Mad Max: Fury Road
1:42pm: Rock takes the satirical Black History Month a step further with Angela Basset confusing Will Smith with Jack Black.
1:50pm: Best Achievement in Sound Editing presented by Captain America and a black guy (haha)
WINNER: Mark Mangini and David White for Mad Max: Fury Road
Best Achievement in Sound Mixing
WINNER: Chris Jenkins, Gregg Rudoff & Ben Osmo for Mad Max: Fury Road
1:55pm: Best Achievement in Visual Effects presented by Andy Serkis
WINNER: Andrew Whitehurst, Paul Norris, Mark Ardington & Sara Bennett for Ex Machina
2:00pm: Olivia Munn & Jason Segel comment on the Science and Technology Academy Awards, which they hosted last week.
2:02pm: Rock unleashes his ‘daughters’ to sell Girl Scout cookies to the audience and makes a jab at Leo’s $30million paycheck for The Revenant.
2:05pm: Best Animated Short Film presented by the Minions
WINNER: “Bear Story”
Beautiful heartfelt thank you speech from the Chilean winners.
Is it just me or is Chile an exercise in diversity from the USA? Is that not something to be celebrated?
2:11pm: Best Animated Feature presented by Woody and Buzz Lightyear
WINNER: Inside Out from Pixar
2:15pm: Music performance from The Weeknd introduced by Kevin Hart
The Weeknd performs “Earned It” from Fifty Shades of Grey with the help of some acrobatics, burlesque costumes and a string section.
2:20pm: Rock surveys the people of Compton outside a movie theatre to uncover their opinions on Best Picture this year with amusing results. Btw this is the same gag he pulled for his 2005 hosting stint.
2:30pm: Best Supporting Actor presented by Patricia Arquette
Mark! Mark! Mark!
Oh. Wrong Mark.
WINNER: Mark Rylance for Bridge of Spies
2:40pm: Best Documentary Short Subject presented by Louis CK
Louis is a funny guy. Love his work.
Touching on the plight of documentary film-making he jokes “this Oscar is going home in a Honda Civic.”
WINNER: “A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness”
Amazing acceptance speech from winner Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy on the power of documentary making to change governmental policies.
2:42pm: Best Documentary Feature presented by Daisy Ridley and Dev Patel
2:50pm: Rock reveals that his girls made $65 243 from selling Girl Scout cookies to the audience.
2:52pm: Honorary Awards and general pleasantries from Whoopi Goldberg and Cheryl Boone Isaacs.
2:56pm: In Memoriam introduced by Louis Gosset Junior and serenaded by Dave Grohl performing “Blackbird”
David Bowie, Leonard Nimoy, Alan Rickman, James Horner, Wes Craven and Christopher Lee among the farewells this year.
3:04pm: Best Live Action Short Film presented by cute kids in tuxedoes
Best Foreign Language Film presented by Sofia Vergara and Byung-hun Lee
WINNER: Song of Saul by Laszlo Nemes, Hungary
3:11pm: Vice-President Joe Biden gets a standing ovation and responds with “I’m the least qualified person here.” It’s a relief to know there are still good leaders in the world.
Music performance from Lady Gaga “Til It Happens To You” from The Hunting Ground
3:22pm: Best Original Score
One of my favourite categories. Apart from Directing, Composing is the category that requires the most training, technical ability and complexity of talent. These guys are heroes of art.
WINNER: Ennio Morricone for The Hateful Eight
I can’t believe this is his first win! After eight nominations and an honorary Oscar a few years back. Such an incredible composer. Love his work
Best Original Song presented by Common and John Legend
Some great nominations this year!
WINNER: Jimmy Napes & Sam Smith for “The Writing’s on the Wall” in Spectre
Sam Smith dedicates his win to the LGBT community and Chris Rock follows up with “no jokes here, you ain’t gonna get me in trouble.”
3:30pm: Two more nominations for Best Picture presented by Olivia Wilde and Sacha Baron Cohen
3:36pm: Best Director presented by J. J. Abrams
Personally I am hoping it’s Tom McCarty for Spotlight but I really think it’ll be between Iñárritu and Miller.
Adam McKay, The Big Short
Lenny Abrahamson, Room
Tom McCarthy, Spotlight
Alejandro G. Iñárritu, The Revenant
George Miller, Mad Mad: Fury Road
WINNER: Alejandro G. Iñárritu
Well deserved! Again, is this not diversity of some kind?
3:45pm: Best Actress in a Leading Role presented by Eddie Redmayne
Of course I vote for Cate Blanchett, but I wouldn’t be surprised if it went to one of the younger options.
Cate Blanchett, Carol
Brie Larson, Room
Jennifer Lawrence, Joy
Charlotte Rampling, 45 Years
Saoirse Ronan, Brooklyn
WINNER: Brie Larson
Wowsers! She was up against some real talent. Well done.
3:52pm: Best Actor in a Leading Role presented by Julianne Moore
Come on, Leo. It’s time.
Bryan Cranston, Trumbo
Matt Damon, The Martian
Leonardo DiCaprio, The Revenant
Michael Fassbender, Steve Jobs
Eddie Redmayne, The Danish Girl
WINNER: Leonardo DiCaprio
4:00pm: Best Picture presented by Morgan Freeman
Here we go, the big deal. I’m hoping for Spotlight but we’ll see, there are some real good movies on this list…
The Big Short
Bridge of Spies
Mad Max: Fury Road
Yes! Such a good movie. Go see it if you haven’t already. Brilliant screenplay, fantastic ensemble cast, excellent directing.
Closing thoughts from Chris Rock: “Black lives matter.”