(And for you haters: no, I'm not saying that they shouldn't have political positions. No, I'm not saying that they can't spout off about their political positions. I'm only saying that an awards show really should be reserved for the purposes of honoring the contributions to art. After all, you don't go to a gymnastics event hoping for a basketball game to break out. If actors, directors, and the like want to push an agenda then they should be required to go out and purchase a political ad so that I can turn the channel when that stuff starts.)
Still, it's great to see that genre work like Science Fiction and Fantasy garners some attention from the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences, so major kudos go out today to the craftsmen and women of Warner Bros' Suicide Squad for bringing home the Oscar for Best Makeup and Hair Styling. The film was trashed to Holy High Heaven upon its theatrical release, but it's nice to see that Academy members found some merit in what I thought was an old-fashioned comic book movie without all the heavy-handedness seriousness of the usual Marvel affairs as well as Christopher Nolan's Bat-flicks.
Otherwise, the event didn't catch my eye ... except for that whole Best Picture kerfuffle.
Now, call me a conspiracist if you must, but am I the only one who thought it more than a bit questionable that a host like Jimmy Kimmel -- a man REVERED amongst his peers for his legendary and epic pranksmanship -- headlined an event that ended with arguably one of the biggest screw-ups in film history? No one seriously thought -- right away -- that this was owed to his hand? Yes, I've read all of the theories and explanations coming out of the Price Waterhouse suits today, but come on! In something like 80+ years a 'punking' of this sort never came close to happening, and this one was picture perfect ... just like one would expect from an "entertainer" whose pranksmanship skills are legendary.
What? Too soon?
Also, wasn't it more than a bit curious that it would happen to a film like LaLa Land, a flick about "celebrating the chasing of dreams," only to have the dreams of those affiliated with it dashed by a last second SNAFU ... by an accounting firm?
I'm not saying Kimmel did it. I am saying that karmic payback has always been a b#tch.
Well -- for an awful lot of reasons -- mama raised a cynic, whether she intended to or not. Call me a conspiracist (as I said) if you must. I will always doubt Kimmel's explanation.
As always, thanks for reading ... and live long and prosper!