During all the Oscars controversy of the last few months, I knew that this year’s chosen host, Chris Rock would make the right choice about whether to present the event or not. I certainly wished that he would. Especially because anyone that has seen any of his standup comedy knows full well that the man is smart. Precisely as smart and impassioned as the excellent job he did with the 2016 Oscars opening monologue…
I stayed up late so I could listen to Chris Rock’s words as soon as possible. I’m certainly exhausted this morning but regret nothing.
Other key highlights for me included Leonardo DiCaprio’s Best Actor win and Kate Winslet’s reaction as he delivered his speech. Who doesn’t want a friendship like that? There’s also the beauty of the last few words of Best Director winner for The Revenant (2015) Alejandro G. Iñárritu’s acceptance speech:
‘I am very lucky to be here tonight, but unfortunately, many others haven’t had the same luck. There is a line in the film where Glass, to his mixed race son says, ‘They don’t listen to you, they just see the colour of your skin’ So what a great opportunity for our generation to really liberate ourselves from all prejudice and this tribal thinking and make sure, for once and forever that the colour of our skin becomes as irrelevant as the length of our hair‘
It was just so very beautiful.
Happy Film Loving 🙂