Ahhh, the 91st Academy Awards, an amazing night that dripped with equal parts diversity and exclusiveness, filled with plenty of heartwarming and as always, a smattering of gut-wrenching moments. Even without a host the show carried on with fabulous fashion that demonstrated no boundaries and acknowledging the growth of exceptional filmmaking that represents the cultural diversity among us.
Ok, lets start with the fashion:
Gratitude and Acceptance
“To be standing here, representing one of the greatest artists of our time, James Baldwin, is a little surreal, James Baldwin birthed this baby, and Barry, you nurtured her, you surrounded her with so much love and support. So, it’s appropriate for me to be standing here because I am an example of what happens when support and love is poured into someone.”
“I think about what it would have been like to tell little bubba Rami that one day this might happen to him and I think his curly-haired little mind would be blown,” he said. “He was struggling with his identity, trying to figure himself out. And I think to anyone struggling with theirs, and trying to discover their voice: Listen, we made a film about a gay man, an immigrant, who lived his life just unapologetically himself. The fact that I’m celebrating him and this story with you tonight is proof that we’re longing for stories like this.”
“Part of my story is being written right now. And I could not be more grateful to each and every one of you, and everyone who believed in me for this moment,” he said. “It’s something I will treasure for the rest of my life.”
“I’ve worked hard for a long time, and it’s not about, you know…it’s not about winning. But what it’s about is not giving up. If you have a dream, fight for it. There’s a discipline for passion. And it’s not about how many times you get rejected or you fall down or you’re beaten up. It’s about how many times you stand up and are brave and you keep on going. Thank you!”
Amy Poehler, Maya Rudolph, and Tina Fey set the tone that no host can be a great happy accident. Thank you, Ladies, for the giggles and letting lightness and levity lead the way.
Not So Serious with Bryan Tyree Henry and Melissa McCarthy
Tense? Or Downright Sexy?
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Finale goes to Alfonso Cuarón
In his acceptance speech, Cuarón thanked the stars Yalitza Aparicio and Marina de Tavira, saying, “they are the film.” He then continued to thank the Academy “for recognizing a film centered around an indigenous woman – one of the 70m people around the world without workers’ rights.” He described Roma as a film that brings to the fore the sort of character more often relegated to the background in films, “at a time when we are being encouraged to look away.”
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