If You Write It, They Will Come
Last night marked The 90th Annual Academy Awards. Hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, it was part award show, part game show, part Jimmy Kimmel Live. It’s the first Oscars in years we didn’t doze off once. Kimmel brought out actor Lakeith Stanfield and told audience members they won’t be played off, instead they’ll be told by the sunken place character to “Get Out”. In an additional effort to keep speeches short, it was explained that the person with the shortest speech wins a jet ski and a trip to Lake Havasu. If Kimmel ever gets tired of late night, he could always host The Price Is Right.
It was a magical night at the Oscars. Best Supporting Actor went to Sam Rockwell for Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. Best Supporting Actress went to Allison Janney for I, Tonya. The super gutsy Frances McDormand received Best Actress honors for her portrayal in Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri and advocated for inclusion riders*. And after nearly 40 years in the business, Gary Oldman wins his first Oscar for Darkest Hour.
There’s a special place in our hearts for those who think outside the box. Cheers to the son of an NBA Player who speaks fluent Italian and went from high school to the NBA before it was the norm. Proving once and for all basketball players won’t shut up and dribble, Kobe Bryant won an Oscar for the animated short film he wrote and narrated titled Dear Basketball. Guillermo Del Toro won Best Director and Best Picture for a movie about a woman who fell in love with a fish, proving to kids everywhere with active imaginations that they can do great things. Last but certainly not least Jordan Peele became the first black person to win an Oscar for Best Original Screenplay; Peele won for the most gangsta script we’ve ever seen in our lives “Get Out”.
*inclusion riders: Clauses actors can put in their contracts to ensure gender and racial equality in hiring on movie sets.