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Oscars 2018: And The Academy Award for Best Supporting Role Goes to...

Updated: Oct 20, 2021


We the people! - Theoretically of course.

Yes, we the moviegoers who keep film alive were sectioned in our own category last night, amidst the Oscar winners and nominees. Throughout the 90 years of the Academy Awards, we have watched our beloved actresses and actors brave the screens; we have had editors, screenwriters, costume designers, visual effects artists and sound engineers bring to life our sung, unsung, and imaginary stories.

As films continue to rival with the digital world, we filmgoers are the faithful who help keep the Oscars coming. So we shared the spotlight.

Apart from us, Kobe won an Oscar! If you haven’t heard already, it’s definitely all over the internet, NBA legend Kobe Bryant and animator Glen Keane won an Oscar for the animated short, “Dear Basketball.” Well alright 2018!

Last night was lit with the history-making. Jordan Peele became the first black writer to win the Oscar for Best Original Screenplay! And let’s not forget Mary J. Blige and her nominations for Best Supporting Actress and Best Original Song - yyaaassss!!!

The satire of Jimmy Kimmel kept the evening flowing, along with the speeches of the Oscar winners contending for that Kawasaki jet ski! I haven’t seen all the amazing films nominated this year, but will be scheduling to do so.

A couple of my best parts of the Oscars was Keala Settle’s performance of “This Is Me” from the movie ‘The Greatest Showman,’ and Frances McDormand’s speech celebrating her fellow female colleagues up for nomination. McDormand also has us all now googling ‘inclusion rider’ - An inclusion rider is a clause an actor can draw into his or her contract, which requires that the cast and crew on a film reflect a certain level of diversity, says the internet.

The night was inspiring and moved along nicely. My complete bias for 'The Shape of Water' was totally justified with Guillermo del Toro accepting the movie’s Oscar win for Best Picture. I loved his speeches, particularly this one, “I am an immigrant, like Alfonso (Cuaron) and Alejandro (Gonzalez Inarritu), my compadres. I think the greatest thing our industry does is erase the lines in the sand. We should keep doing that as the world tries to make them deeper.”

Post Oscars, it’s safe to say we can wake up today, or tomorrow, in a world where you can play pro basketball and earn an Oscar; where women’s roles in filmmaking can include being nominated for best director; and a person of color can take home an Oscar for acting, and more.

“Dreams are the foundation of Hollywood, and dreams are the foundation of America,” said Lupita Nyong’o at the 90th Academy Awards.

Happy Monday!



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