Nothing says the end of the spring season like blistering heat, more heat, really bad sun burns and even worse Oscar snubs. That is right, the Oscars have finally happened and the winners were finally announced. As a follow-up to my previous post (which you should check out), we are going to take a look at the three categories that people actually care about and a very short review of the Oscars as a whole this year.
In a twist fitting for 2020, this year saw the Best Picture award be revealed before the best actor and actress. Out of the eight nominees, Nomadland, directed by Chloé Zhao (who also won Best Director), ended up winning Best Picture (I proudly called this, making this the first time I have successfully predicted a Best Picture winner since 12 Years A Slave in 2014, yes I and that movie are that old)
Chloé Zhao with her Oscar, via ABC
After this monumental announcement, we turned to Best Actress where, once again, Nomadland won once again with Frances McDormand (Despite McDormand already having won 2 Oscars, one of which was fairly recent but it is fine, not biased at all)
McDormand accepting her Oscar, via ABC
Thus the final award of the night, Best Actor. There were many well deserved nominations but all eyes and predictions went to the late Chadwick Boseman in his final performance ever in Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, transforming the award into a symbolic farewell to an actor and person who was taken too soon. But that was not the case, at all.
In fact Anthony Hopkins won for his performance in The Father. But Anthony Hopkins was not there to accept the award or give a speech, so Joaquin Phoenix walked up there and had to cover for him in a very anticlimactic and forced speech.
Joaquin Phoenix accepting the Oscar on the behalf of Hopkins, credit to Vanity Fair
After that fiasco, the camera then cut to Questlove (yes Questlove, in golden crocs no less) to have him say a short goodbye and then the Oscars ended. Just like that.
Questlove, in the house; Credit to ABC
Overall the Oscars this year was pretty average until the very end where everything derailed in pacing issues and became very strange.
so I give it a 3/5
I do not even think Hopkins was awake to watch the Oscars.