From Black Panther To Green Book: Are Oscar Winners Worth Watching

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From Black Panther To Green Book: Are Oscar Winners Worth Watching
From Black Panther To Green Book: Are Oscar Winners Worth Watching

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Video: Oscars 2019 Winners - Rami Malek, Black Panther, Spike Lee vs Green Book 2023, January
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Academy Awards giveaway this year it did without obvious favorites (and, for that matter, favorites) even in technical nominations. But it was not without surprises: the prize for the main female role, which in the overwhelming majority of predictions was predicted by Glenn Close, was received by Olivia Coleman, who burst into the emotional and most touching speech of the Oscar evening. Below is a list of the newly minted award winners and what we have written about them.

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Roma

Best Director: Alfonso Cuaron

Best Cinematography: Alfonso Cuaron

Best Foreign Language Film: Mexico

In many ways, an autobiographical drama about the role played by women in his life, Cuarón shot at home with little-known actors and without spending money on special effects. Nevertheless, everyone who sees it goes crazy about black-and-white cinema with subtitles: both the festival jury (in Venice, Roma was awarded the Golden Lion), and the audience (in Toronto, the film entered the top three most popular at the festival), and critics (according to the Metacritic average, this is the best movie of 2018). Everything to the point: this is an observant and witty, somewhere sad, but mostly hopeful portrait of Mexico City in the 1970s through the eyes of a meek housekeeper (Yalitsa Aparicio's impressive debut).

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Favorite

Best Actress: Olivia Colman

"Favorite" fits perfectly into Lanthimos's idea of ​​a world closed from prying eyes, hermetic and illogical, where fictitious rules do not apply to everyone. The Royal Palace of the Favorite is an alternative context, and its rules (as in all other dramas of Lanthimos) are assembled on the go, constantly violated and depend on the courage and whim of individuals. For the queen and her entourage, the law is not written (that is, the law obeys the sole will), the logic of life is built into the space of a secluded palace, there are few actors, war and other popular concerns are reflected only in news bulletins, wealth is ephemeral. Reality has only physical parameters: sexual intimacy, pain and illness, distance, diet and clothing.

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Black clanman

Best Adapted Screenplay Spike Lee, Kevin Wilmott, David Rabinowitz and Charlie Wachtel

Adam Driver played in the crime comedy Spike Lee with the most absurd plot. A movie was shot, however, based on real events of the recent past: an African-American policeman (John David Washington), together with a completely Jewish partner (Driver), will have to infiltrate the Ku Klux Klan. Following the premiere of the film at the Cannes Film Festival, the audience erupted into a six-minute standing ovation, marking the director's triumphant return to Cannes twenty years after Do It Right. Homerly funny and shiveringly relevant, even in 2018, the story.

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Green book

Best movie: Jim Burke, Charles Wessler, Brian Curry, Nick Vallelonga and Peter Farrelli

Best Original Screenplay: Nick Vallelonga, Brian Curry and Peter Farrelli

Best Actor in a Supporting Role: Mahershala Ali

"Green Book" is a miniature portrait of American society, whose members gradually, overcoming mutual suspicion and awkwardness, learn to respect each other regardless of origin. But first of all, it is a deeply personal story of the partnership of two very dissimilar people, which in the film turns into a comedy of mores (besides, told through the prism of a white hero - for this and for historical inaccuracies, the "Green Book" was criticized by the musician's family and some film critics).

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Black Panther

Best Original Soundtrack Ludwig Joransson

Best costumes: Ruth I. Carter

Best Production Designer: Hannah Bleacher and Jay Hart

"Black Panther" can be accused of being too popular - to say that the myth that the film offers is far from reality, that it simplifies reality. In fact, he is just playing on the field with other myths: this is a response to other superhero films and to the mainstream legends of Africa. In the 21st century, we largely build our ideas about the world according to pop culture and fantastic stories: for example, if you have never been to New York, most likely you have an image of New York, formed from romantic comedies. This is why the alternative fiction that Afrofuturism speaks of is so important. Black Panther says two things: Africa can be like this, and then there are African American and African heroes.

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If Beale Street could speak

Best Supporting Actress: Regina King

"If Beale Street Could Talk" about the trials of a pregnant girl and her falsely accused husband is a story of daily exploits. But it is the testing of love by the injustices of history and courage where it is needed that makes the male and female characters in modern melodramas so timely, and their authors, reflective and understanding manifestations of deep love.

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A star is born

Best Song: "Shallow" - Lady Gaga, Mark Ronson, Anthony Rossomando, Andrew Wyatt

They will get to the bottom of Zvezda in the same way as they found fault with La La Land a couple of years ago: any melodrama, and even about the problems of creative people (read: damn humanitarians), obviously begs for accusations of vulgarity, narcissism and isolation off the agenda. And here, in general, there is something to find fault with: there is triviality (in the spirit of ordinary dramas about addiction a la "Crazy Heart"), here is nonsense (the difference between the musical tastes of rednecks and teenagers is erased to indecency), without a stage at the Grammy also, probably, could be dispensed with. But in the sense of old-school Hollywood escapism, this is a film that Billy Wilder himself would not be ashamed of (not to mention Cameron Crowe) - sympathetic, sensitive and not intending to apologize for it.

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Bohemian Rhapsody

Best Actor Rami Malek

Best Editing: John Ottman

Best Sound Editing: Paul Massey, Tim Kawagin, John Casall

Best Sound: John Warhurst and Nina Hearthstone

It is symptomatic that even when academics are guided by theoretically correct considerations, they make highly dubious choices. So, insiders argue that the once favorite "Star is Born" gave up its position to "Bohemian Rhapsody", because the latter supposedly has something to say, and Bradley Cooper's film is just a melodrama. (For nothing, “Rhapsody” says with its mouth full of porridge, while “Zvezda” is a love story for centuries.) However, the general weakness for “Rhapsody” can be justified by the number of people who grew up listening to Queen's songs.

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