Awards Season 2017. An Assessment.

Sunday night was a roller coaster of emotions! We saw tourists get the surprise of a lifetime, we saw candy, cookies and doughnuts parachute from the sky, we saw young and talented up-and-comers like Sunny Pawar and Auli’i Cravalho make great impressions, we saw the “rivalry” between Matt Damon and Jimmy Kimmell reach an all-time high, we saw an underrated American hero and pioneer, Katherine Johnson get her moment in the spotlight, and we saw history with the greatest mix-up of all time coincide with the greatest upset of all time. The Oscars put a bow on Awards Season 2017, and all of the accomplishments of the great films of 2016. With all the pomp and ceremony in the books, I’d like to share my thoughts on the entire season as a whole.

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    Let’s hear it for La La Land!: Throughout the last few months, I can’t help but think that no movie from 2016 has ever been so decorated and adorned in accolades than Damien Chazelle’s wonderful modern day musical. La La Land swept the Golden Globes, tied Titanic for the record for most Academy Award nominations with 14 nominations, performed well at the Critics Choice Awards and the BAFTAs and even though it fell short of nabbing Hollywood’s highest honor, the film is something to be proud of and admired because the entertainment community couldn’t stop singing its praises as much as their signature original songs. Bravo La La Land. Bravo.

  • There were a lot of firsts in the last few months.: Mahershala Ali, Viola Davis, Emma Stone, Casey Affleck, Damien Chazelle, Barry Jenkins, Kenneth Lonergan, all won big on Oscar Sunday but they all claimed their first wins of major award shows for the last few months. In fact some of the recipients who have won their first major awards accomplished significant cultural milestones. For instance, Mahershala Ali became the first Muslim actor to win an Academy Award. That’s something to be admired! Also, Damien Chazelle became the youngest director to win the Oscar for Best Director.
  • Hollywood couldn’t resist taking shots at a certain “politician”: Many people are not happy with the state of American politics at the moment. Throughout the entire Awards Season, Hollywood couldn’t resist commentating on the fact that a certain someone-I won’t name names-occupies the highest office in this country and this person poses a threat to civil liberties and ideals. It is their right to comment on who is in the Oval Office and what they think about them if they want to give a speech or host. It’s their right. It’s not my job to condone or condemn their opinions, but I respect theirs.
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    I’m very proud of Moonlight.: I was baffled by the mix up but stunned when I saw that Moonlight won Best Picture at the Oscars on Sunday night. Absolutely stunned! For months, I believed that La La Land would be a shoe-in for Best Picture, but Moonlight was the best film I saw last year. Ever since I started my blog, the Best Picture winner ranked somewhere in my top five or six, but Moonlight became the first movie to win Best Picture that was actually ranked #1 on my lists for films of the year and guess what? IT DESERVED IT! Moonlight was gorgeous across the board and I’m happy it pulled off the greatest upset of all time.

For what it’s worth, when it comes to my Oscars predictions, I predicted 18 categories this year and last year. Last year, 14 out of my 18 predictions were correct. This year, I got nine out of 18. I figured that I would be more open to misses since I went rogue on a few categories but whatever. I’m happy with the end result. Well, that closes the book on Awards Season 2017.