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    • I don't know anything about Hollywood politics, so I have no predictions to offer. A couple of comments though: The cinematography in The Favourite was exceptional--quirky low and ultra-wide angle shots that managed to capture the costumes and the vast surroundings in glorious detail. Original work that deserves recognition, I thought. I haven't seen all the contenders in the Foreign Film category, and while I liked Roma, I thought Shoplifters was brilliant. Understated and powerful, you aren't even aware of how involved you've become till everything falls apart at the end.

    • I don’t know if it’s a blessing or curse to be so into photography, like we both are, when it comes to watching movies. On the one hand, it’s fascinating and inspiring, but it distracts me and I miss some of the story.

      Anyway, your comment about The Favourite made me check out the trailer. Not my kind of movie, but agree on the cinematography. Very high contrast, no? Shadows on faces almost black.

    • Really excited that Free Solo won. I haven’t seen any of the others but I loved Free Solo.

      Beyond just the sheer beauty and suspense of the shots, it was almost a documentary within a documentary. A lot of scenes were devoted to how they were going to capture each shot in the face of insane technical and safety challenges, and the way they exposed the filmmaking process itself was very cool. I think the Academy tends to favor films that are in some way about filmmaking itself.

    • Is Roma a shoo-in for Best Picture, or does Black Panther have a chance at a surprise win? Will Glenn Close finally win an Oscar, or could Lady Gaga take the prize?

      Whoa. Not what we expected? The Los Angeles Times was not amused.

    • I enjoyed the film but was amazed it won the oscar. It's a popcorn movie, not to be taken seriously, a feel - good film?

    • Green Book was an airplane movie, and even a pretty decent one at that. Totally predictable, it could have been made 30 years ago, but it was out-classed by most of the other contenders, at least the ones I have seen. I find it strange that it won, but then as I said earlier, I don't understand Hollywood politics.

    • I don’t know if it’s a blessing or curse to be so into photography, like we both are, when it comes to watching movies. On the one hand, it’s fascinating and inspiring, but it distracts me and I miss some of the story.

      Getting into photography definitely made me more aware of how films work. I often will see a really good film twice, once to get the basic story and then a second time to savor the details. I do this with novels as well, sometimes immediately after the first pass.

    • Just reading a few of the writeups...I find it so funny how Spike Lee throws another tantrum....I always respected his sort of chip-on-the-shoulder thing but at some point you have to display good sportsmanship. He obviously has a grudge against the academy, but, why diminish the competitors victory?

    • Yeah, it was really hard to decide whether I thought Free Solo or RBG was a more likely winner. I went with RBG because it seemed like a more important work, in spite of how impressive Free Solo was as an achievement. Clearly the Academy disagreed. 😄

    • I can see that. And I wonder if it hurts his chances for future awards if he ticks off too many people in the Academy.

      On the other hand, I thought his acceptance speech was powerful, no?

      The word today is “irony.” The date, the 24th. The month, February, which also happens to be the shortest month of the year, which also happens to be Black History month. The year, 2019. The year, 1619. History. Her story. 1619. 2019. 400 years.

      Four hundred years. Our ancestors were stolen from Mother Africa and bought to Jamestown, Virginia, enslaved. Our ancestors worked the land from can’t see in the morning to can’t see at night. My grandmother, [inaudible], who lived to be 100 years young, who was a Spelman College graduate even though her mother was a slave. My grandmother who saved 50 years of social security checks to put her first grandchild — she called me Spikie-poo — she put me through Morehouse College and N.Y.U. grad film. N.Y.U.!

      Before the world tonight, I give praise to our ancestors who have built this country into what it is today along with the genocide of its native people. We all connect with our ancestors. We will have love and wisdom regained, we will regain our humanity. It will be a powerful moment. The 2020 presidential election is around the corner. Let’s all mobilize. Let’s all be on the right side of history. Make the moral choice between love versus hate. Let’s do the right thing! You know I had to get that in there.

    • I did not watch it but thanks for copying his speech. He still won an award so I hope he does not feel too let down. Angst is a great muse for creativity for many artists so I hope he never loses his. The man has straight up passion, not to be denied.

    • I hate to admit publicly that I have yet to watch Free Solo....I love Chin's commitment to his craft and genre....truly a master. To be honest, and so ridiculous to admit, but, after seeing his hipster CHASE banking ads, I sort feel like it would be if Meryl Streep doing an ad for hemorrhoid creme. But, I suspect I will get over it and watch Free Solo as the whole topic is on the same par as breaking the 4-minute mile back in the day.

    • I think Spike's reaction is less about his film not winning and more about the fact that Green Book is a film about racism made by white people for white people, but purporting to tell the story of a black man, whose family wasn't even consulted.

      In an era when movies by black filmmakers are finally starting to be recognized by the Academy — Selma, 12 Years a Slave, Moonlight, Black Panther, and so on — Green Book's win last night felt to me like a big step back.

      I don't think BlacKkKlansman should have won either (personally I really didn't like it), but I think Green Book's win reveals that the Academy might not be quite as woke us we thought they were when Moonlight won.

    • Wow...thanks for the detailed backstory Ryan. I had no idea and now I understand his reaction....still not very professional but I get it.

    • "the fact that Green Book is a film about racism made by white people for white people, but purporting to tell the story of a black man, whose family wasn't even consulted."

      You encapsulated what I couldn't... that's exactly whats wrong with the film.

      People were being lynched in 1962, Baldy's colleague was smashed in the face with a shovel, in a bar in wyoming, because of his skin colour... Green book is a vanilla take on a murderous, viciously violent time .

    • A couple years ago I wrote a short on Medium about growing up white in a black neighborhood:

      After all these years I still can't get over my bias that white people, especially of privilege, just can't seem to get what it's like to be black. I am privileged and white and I know I don't fully get it either, but at least I learned that first-hand by growing up in all-black neighborhoods until 6th grade.