Oh what a Sunday it was.
I couldn’t help but go to sleep last night with a giant grin on my face for two reasons, the second of which I’ll get to in a little bit.
The world can exhale. Leonardo Dicaprio has his Oscar. It’s amazing how much everybody was rooting for him, and it’s a testament to how many awesome movies he’s helped make in his career.
Coincidentally, earlier in the afternoon I was flipping through the channels and stumbled across Titanic. Naturally, it’s one of those movies that you linger on for a few seconds before changing. You check out exactly what part it’s up to, mentally calculate how long until you see Kate Winslet’s boobs, and then decide from there.
In this case, it had just started. My finger hovered over the channel button ready to push, and next thing I knew, it was three hours later and Rose was telling Jack she’ll never let go. Although, 19 years later, I still think both of them could have fit on that goddamn board.
And then when Leo won his Oscar several hours later, I couldn’t help but feel like I just watched his career come full circle before my eyes. Sure, there was about 11 Martin Scorsese movies in between, but you get the point.
To top it off, he delivered a poignant and resounding acceptance speech on the urgency of climate change and protecting our planet from political ignorance and corporate greed. He’s like a real life super hero.
It was a satisfying ending to what had been a pretty awesome Oscars telecast, in my mind, and one that took place amid a swirl of controversy regarding the lack of diversity in the Academy’s nominating process.
For once, the Oscars had a storyline. Usually it’s just awards and the occasional jokes, but this time … there was drama. And the Oscars was lucky that Chris Rock was there to address the elephant in the room in the best possible way.
In what I think will be a defining night in the comedian’s career, Chris Rock lent just the right tone to what is indeed a serious issue — but as Rock put it, not too serious in the grand scheme of things.
In his words, Hollywood is racist, although, not “burning-cross racist,” but rather, “sorority racist.”
The Oscars has regularly nominated white people, but, 50-plus years ago, Rock noted, black people were worried about more pressing problems, like lynching and rape, than who won best cinematography. He also went on to bash Jada Pinkett Smith, the black actress who first made a big stink about the show’s lack of diversity.
It’s about time that Hollywood studios start embracing the diversity that truly exists in the world. And that message was made loud and clear last night on the world’s biggest platform.
Aside from that, Weinblog history was made when Spotlight took best picture. For the first time ever, a movie that I picked as my #1 film of the year ended up taking the industry’s top prize. And it was very anti-climactic. In fact, I was starting to take pride in my inability to accurately pinpoint the year’s greatest film. It was starting to become “my thing.”
But no more. Oh well. I guess the spotlight has been turned off on that reality.
Don’t boo me on that one. It’s nearly impossible to make wholesome Spotlight joke considering the movie is about a sexual abuse scandal within the Catholic Church. I stand by it.
And one more thing I stand by? John Oliver. The man has been absolutely killing it — killing it — since his show, Last Week Tonight, began two years ago, and on Sunday night he took it to a new level by insulting one Donald J. Trump.
I’ve lectured you all enough for one day. So I’ll save my commentary on this epic takedown for tomorrow, and leave you with the video footage. If you haven’t seen it yet, do so now. It’s 21+ minutes long, but once you’ve finished, you’ll have wished it was longer.
Enjoy, and prepare to enter the words “Donald Drumpf” into your vocabulary.