— Posted by Alyssa
As the face of the Academy Awards, Chris Rock was taxed with navigating a ship that was in murky water. Good thing he had Girl Scout cookies to feed to the insatiable sharks. As the charismatic spokesperson of the 88th Academy Awards, Rock delivers with mostly good jokes that address the race controversy without demeaning those who were nominated. Here are some moments worthy of reflection:
That Moment Where We Were All Like “Whaaaat?!?”
Mark Rylance wins the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor—Not to take anything away from Rylance’s quiet, but affecting performance as a Soviet spy, but Tom Hardy was just incredible as Fitzgerald in The Revenant. And then there was Rocky himself who puts his days of sparring behind him to turn in a performance that was equal parts nostalgic and dignified. It seems difficult to award just one, but I suppose that’s the nature of the beast we know as the gold statuette.
I Guess We Can’t Accept Everybody?
The one low moment of the show that can’t be swept under the rug was a joke involving three Asian kids who represented the “accountants” from PricewaterhouseCoopers. For all the moments where Hollywood heavyweights were preaching the values of respecting each other and the world, this joke seemed counterproductive and pointless.
The Oscars Became a Death Race
Mad Max: Fury Road steamrolled over the competition with a total of six Oscars. The high-octane film is like a shot of adrenaline to the heart. It is seriously on overdrive for the entire two hours. George Miller’s apocalyptic vision swept almost all of the technical categories
Good for You Moment
The underseen, but well-received Ex Machina starring Best Supporting Actress winner Alicia Vikander received justified acknowledgment when it won for Achievement in Visual Effects. It was nice to see an under-the-radar film go home with a prize.