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18th Annual Oskerbites

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18th Annual Oskerbites

by Neena Louise

Worst Dressed Female

Sofia Boutella
Extremely tough choice this year with so many women wearing parachutes (Kirsten Dunst, Ava DuVernay, Leslie Mann, Janelle Moáe), but Boutella takes it for doing her best Beauty and the Beast feather duster impression.

 

Worst Dressed Male

Ryan Gosling
That ruffled shirt made me wonder what happened to the rest of his mariachi band.

 

Best Dressed Female

Ruth Negga
The great red color and sweeping train with just a touch of embellishment won the evening.

Best Dressed Male

Mahershala Ali
Unlike every other celeb, Ali dressed all in black and totally rocked it.

Worst Accessory

Jessica Biel’s necklace
It was difficult to tell whether that thing around Biel’s neck was part of the dress or a necklace. It doesn’t matter, though – it still looked like she’d draped a gilded hula skirt around her throat.

Best Accessory

Charlize Theron’s chandelier earrings
Although their size made them borderline garish, Theron’s earrings were so intriguingly different, they gave me earring-envy.

Worst Hair

Halle Berry
What in the world was Berry thinking? It seems she stuck her finger in a light socket and didn’t even try to tame the results. I’m all for people rocking a ‘fro, but this wasn’t even an afro. More like a perm gone very, very wrong.

Best Hair

Emma Stone
Stone’s soft waves were lovely, even though they had so much hairspray in them, they never budged.

Worst Acceptance Speech

Viola Davis (Supporting Actress, Fences)
Between the weird rambling about dead people and the self-congratulatory spew, Davis just went on and on and on. She definitely went over her allotted time, but no one shoved her off the stage. Why is it that so many in this category are a blubbering mess?

Best Acceptance Speech

Mahershala Ali (Supporting Actor, Moonlight)

Starting off by thanking his teachers, Ali managed to thank people without just reeling off a bunch of names and boring us all.

Worst Song Presentation

For the first time, there wasn’t a bad song presentation. Shocking, I know.

Best Song Presentation

“How Far I’ll Go” (Auli’i Cravalho, Moana)
I feared this would go in the “worst song presentation” category when Lin-Manual Miranda starting off singing badly. But then 16-year-old Cravalho took the stage, sang beautifully, looked adorable, and clearly enjoyed the whole thing.

Worst Shout-Out

Host Jimmy Kimmel saying “O.J., you get an extra slice of baloney on your sandwich tonight.” after OJ: Made in America won for best documentary. Just plain poor taste.

Best Shout-Out

Jimmy Kimmel joking about Meryl Streep being “uninspiring and overrated”, taking a jab at Trump’s assessment after Streep’s anti-Trump speech at the Golden Globes.

Least Deserving of an Oscar Nomination

Everyone nominated actually deserved it.

 

Most Deserving of an Oscar Nomination

Viggo Mortensen (Actor, Captain Fantastic)
Like a lot of people, I didn’t see Captain Fantastic. Mortensen takes the category based on that alone: scoring a nomination for a performance in a film that’s not a blockbuster. It gives me hope that the Oscars isn’t just a popularity contest after all.

Least Deserving of an Oscar

Everyone who received one deserved it.

Most Deserving of an Oscar

Jungle Book (Visual Effects)
Up against effects-heavy contenders like Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and Doctor Strange, it was refreshing to see a non-sci-fi film win a much-deserved statue for visual effects.

Least Surprising Winners

Zootopia, Animated Feature Film and all of them for La La Land
Foregone conclusions.

Most Surprising Winner

Moonlight (Best Picture)
Everyone, but everyone, thought La La Land would win it. Even they thought so at first.

Worst Presenters

Faye Dunaway and Warren Beatty

Not because they mistakenly announced La La Land as winner of best picture (that was not their fault), but because they both looked a little out to lunch even before that. Didn’t help that I wanted to reach through the screen and button up Dunaway’s sleeves.

Best Presenter

Seth Rogan
Saying now that he was onstage with Michael J. Fox with the Back to the Future DeLorean and wearing future shoes, all he needed to do was sing The Schuyler Sisters from Hamilton to complete his bucket list. Then he sang it. Ha!

Worst Reaction of a Winner

No bad reactions that I noticed.

Best Reaction of a Winner

Benj Pasek (Original Song, “City of Stars”, La La Land)

During his acceptance speech, Pasek was so excited he said “I’m actually freaking out right now”, but still had the wherewithal to thank his mom. Can we all say “awww”?

Biggest Loser

Arrival
Eight nominations and just a single statue (Sound Editing). They were robbed!

The big news of this year’s broadcast, of course, was the mix-up of the Best Picture winner. Apparently, presenters Faye Dunaway and Warren Beatty were handed the wrong envelope and announced La La Land as the winner. The producers and cast trooped up to the stage and gave their speeches. I was ready to switch the TV off, when La La Land producer Jordan Horowitz suddenly said “There’s a mistake. Moonlight, you guys won best picture,” repeating that it was not a joke. He then held up the correct winning envelope that had Moonlight as the winner. I was just as confused as everyone else, and embarrassed for the La La Land people. But Horowitz was incredibly gracious as he handed over his Oscar to the Moonlight producers. At least he got to get in a few more thank yous. Odd that Dunaway and Beatty were handed the envelope for Emma Stone, since she’d already received her statue. Price Waterhouse Cooper is apparently investigating into how this could’ve happened. You can bet heads are going to roll.
I was already bored halfway through the 90-minute preshow, but Jimmy Kimmel did an adequate job of keeping me engaged. It was just that, however: adequate. His opening line of getting “a sitting ovation” when the audience sat as he came out was funny and gave me hope. There were times I laughed out loud (the “Mean Tweets” segment was especially funny), but most of his jokes fell flat, and I gave into a bout of “whatever” and eye-rolling. He was no worse than the hosts of recent years, though, so I wouldn’t mind seeing him again as host.

 

The stage this year was actually nice. So often in recent years it had been filled with weird props and over-the-top bling, but this year’s Art Deco theme was a refreshing throwback to Hollywood’s golden era. Finally, the Oscar producers seem to have realized there is already enough glitz and glamour, and the stage doesn’t need more.

 

I’ve never liked all the political spew at the Oscars (last year was the worst ever), and I steeled myself for neverending speeches filled with anti-Trump sentiments. There was some about immigration and prejudice, yes, but not nearly as much as I was expecting. I was surprised and relieved. Maybe they’re getting a clue that no one wants to hear that kind of crap over and over again at an awards show.

 

Producers swore up and down the speeches would not be allowed to go over their allotted time, thereby reining in the overlong broadcast. Yeah, right! Some were allowed to just go on and on. Some, however, were not. I was aghast when Alessandro Bertolazzi (Makeup and Hairstyling, Suicide Squad) was actually pushed off the stage as his time ran out. Seriously? Despite shoving winners off the stage and playing music to get ’em off, it didn’t help: the broadcast was still boring and long.

 

For those who missed them:

Picture: Moonlight, Adele Romanski, Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleinert
Director: Damien Chazelle, La La Land
Actor in a Leading Role: Casey Affleck, Manchester by the Sea
Actress in a Leading Role: Emma Stone, La La Land
Actor in a Supporting Role: Mahershala Ali, Moonlight
Actress in a Supporting Role: Viola Davis, Fences
Foreign Language Film: The Salesman, Iran, Asghar Farhadi (director)
Cinematography: La La Land, Linus Sandgren
Original Screenplay: Kenneth Lonergan, Manchester by the Sea
Adapted Screenplay: Barry Jenkins, Tareli Alvin McCraney, Moonlight
Documentary Feature: O.J.: Made in America, Ezra Edelman, Caroline Waterlow
Documentary Short The White Helmets, Orlando von Einsiedel, Joanna Natasegara
Live Action Short Film: Sing, Kristof Deák, Anna Udvardy
Film Editing: John Gilbert, Hacksaw Ridge
Makeup and Hairstyling: Suicide Squad, Alessandro Bertolazzi, Giorgio Gregorini, Christopher Nelson
Production Design: La La Land, David Wasco, Sandy Reynolds-Wasco
Sound Mixing: Hacksaw Ridge, Kevin O’Connell, Andy Wright, Robert Mackenzie, Peter Grave
Sound Editing: Arrival, Sylvain Bellemare
Visual Effects: The Jungle Book, Robert Legato, Adam Valdez, Andrew R. Jones, Dan Lemmon
Costume Design: Fantastic Beasts and Where to find Them, Colleen Atwood
Original Score: Justin Hurwitz, La La Land
Original Song: “City of Stars”, La La Land, Justin Hurwitz, Benj Pasek, Justin Paul
Animated Feature Film: Zootopia, Byron Howard, Rich Moore, Clark Spencer
Animated Short Film: Piper, Alan Barillaro, Marc Sondheimer
Honorary Oscars: Jackie Chan, Anne V. Coates, Lynn Stalmaster, Frederick Wiseman

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