I guess the Academy thinks they can throw a bone to the "Oscar-so-white" crowd by having lots of black people dancing in (and flopping around) the aisles. There was a hip-hop performance by Eminem (I guess) which just proved how old (and white) I was because I didn't have a clue about the song even though it appeared most of the young, hip people did. I asked Kitty "I wonder how Anthony Hopkins feels about all of this?" The camera panned over him and it looked like he was asleep. *LOL* It seemed like every opportunity the Academy had to showcase black people, they did...except in actually having them nominated for things. I just wonder how the "woke" crowd is going to handle this year's winners. If Oscar-be-so-white is true, why did an Asian film win the biggest prizes? A woman won for best music score. I think people just like to stir up shit to better match their own agenda. Produce good quality work, win a prize. Isn't that how it's supposed to work?
Just a few other takeaways. I was happy to see "American Factory" win best documentary since it was the only one I had seen. I liked it a lot even with its overtly pro-union slant. It reminded me so much of the 80's movie "Gung Ho" where a Japanese company takes over a US auto plant. I see little has changed in 30 years, only swap out Chinese for Japanese. It just proves how evil the Chinese system is and what it could mean for the US worker.
I was pleasantly surprised to see that the short documentary about skateboarding Afghan girls won. I thought for sure the one produced by MTV would win. I guess the "woke" crowd will just have to take comfort that "Hair Love" won best animated short. I will give a hearty "meh" that "Toy Story 4" won best animated feature. That was a safe bet. The very unsafe bet was to predict that "Parasite" would win both Best International Film as well as Best Picture. I can't wait to see it! It should be in my mailbox today when I get home.