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And the Oscar Goes to ….. A Fan’s View

Written on:February 29, 2016
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February 29, 2015

The Oscar Ceremony happened far from the Delmarva Peninsula on the other side of the county. Other than there are plenty of moviegoers in the area, the show, awards and all of the other hoopla doesn’t impact the area.

But no matter where you are, those involved in the Arts and Entertainment Industry are interested in the Oscars. When I was a young man and was thinking that I would be involved in the Entertainment field the three things I waited anxiously for were the Grammys, the Oscars and the Tonys.

For nearly 30 I worked not in Arts and Entertainment, but in the technology field. I still tried to watch those three awards shows and saw many movies. Some that were current at the time and others from every decade that movies were made. I even started writing essays on entertainment called “From A Fan’s View”. None of those were published, yet.

There were high points and low points of the opening monologue by Chris Rock. One of the biggest laughs came when he compared J-Lo boycotting the Oscars to seeing Rhinana panties, neither were invited. Some of the skits were enjoyable and funny. I really enjoyed Tracey Morgan’s parody of the Danish Girl, but felt that the parody of the Martian was slightly out of line.

For a while during the broadcast it appeared to be all about Mad Max. It won most of the technical awards.

There were a few surprises. It was disappointing to see Sylvester Stallone once again not win for his role in Rocky. It was only the second time that the an actor was nominated for the same roll in two different films. And from what I’ve seen, I would have voted for him.

Most of the other major awards went as predicted. Even in a way so was Best Picture, Spotlight.

Awards Lists:

Best Picture

Michael Sugar, Steve Golin, Nicole Rocklin and Blye Pagon Faust, Producers

Best Actor

Leonardo DiCaprio, The Revenant

Best Actress

Brie Larson, Room

Best Directing

Alejandro G. Iñárritu, The Revenant,

Best Original Song

“Writing’s On The Wall” from Spectre
Music and Lyric by Jimmy Napes and Sam Smith

Best Original Score

The Hateful Eight
Ennio Morricone

Best Foreign Language Film

Son of Saul (Hungary)

Best Live Action Short Film
Benjamin Cleary and Serena Armtiage

Best Documentary Feature

Asif Kapadia and James Gay-Rees

Best Documentary Short Subject

A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness
Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy

Best Supporting Actor

Mark Rylance, Bridge of Spies

Best Animated Feature Film

Inside Out
Pete Docter and Jonas Rivera

Best Animated Short Film

Bear Story
Gabriel Osorio and Pato Escala

Best Visual Effects

Ex Machina
Andrew Whitehurst, Paul Norris, Mark Ardington and Sara Bennett

Best Sound Mixing

Mad Max: Fury Road
Chris Jenkins, Gregg Rudloff and Ben Osmo

Best Sound Editing

Mad Max: Fury Road
Mark Mangini and David White

Best Film Editing

Mad Max: Fury Road
Margaret Sixel

Best Cinematography

The Revenant
Emmanuel Lubezki

Best Makeup and Hairstyling

Mad Max: Fury Road
Lesley Vanderwalt, Elka Wardega and Damian Martin

Best Production Design

Mad Max: Fury Road
Production Design: Colin Gibson; Set Decoration: Lisa Thompson

Best Costume Design

Mad Max: Fury Road
Jenny Beavan

Best Supporting Actress

Alicia Vikander, The Danish Girl

Adapted Screenplay

The Big Short
Screenplay by Charles Randolph and Adam McKay

Best Original Screenplay

Written by Josh Singer & Tom McCarthy

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