Of course I skipped it.
That said, I did take a quick gander at the list of winners and losers.
I will say this much about the films up for best picture. This was an exceptionally strong years. Six of the nine films nominated actually were very good movies and would probably have won in a year with lesser candidates.
(*) designates the winner in any given category.
I was surprised that Parasite got the nod because K-dramas, just don’t win the Oscars. I suspect this is the Netflix Effect. Netflix has mainstreamed Korean drama.
Visual Effects was kind of a surprise to me.
The Lion King
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker
1917, was the best of the year but look at the cotton candy factory competition. Avengers, The Lion King, and most shocking of all the losers, a Star Wars film. You’d swear some actual thought went into this.
Unless, of course, it didn’t. This might just be an expression of anti-Disney backlash.
*Ford Vs Ferrari won for best editing. This is an interesting category, in that this award frequently goes to the film that Academy members secretly believe is the best film of the year but that they can’t vote for, because of one reason or another.
Last: Best Actor.
* Joaquin Phoenix, Joker
Leonardo DiCaprio, Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood
Antonio Banderas, Pain and Glory
Adam Driver, Marriage Story
Jonathan Pryce, The Two Popes
On the one hand I’m quite pleased that perirenal Oscar hound and douche-bag Leonardo DiCaprio is back to getting snubbed. Give it up Leo, they already gave you your Participation Trophy!
I am however sorry that Adam Driver didn’t win for Marriage Story. I don’t mind Joaquin Phoenix winning because I didn’t think Joker was going to get anything. But while he did turn in a good performance, there was very little subtlety to it. It most largely screen chewing. But it was good screen chewing, I’ll give it that.
Okay, I’m done here.