And the winners are…
A triumph. McQueen brings history to life and makes it sing with zest and passion, with a spirit that endures beyond the strife. A celebration of Black joy alongside a raging against Black oppression.
Roma wins four awards including Best Picture; Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is Best Animated Feature.
A heist movie that is gripping and badass, elegant and assured. You could ignore all the social-justice-warrior stuff and just enjoy this as a popcorn thriller. But what makes this so special is how it reexamines the genre’s clichés.
A self-indulgent, faux-woke mashup of noir crime, black comedy, and Tarantino-esque ultraviolence. Some great performances, including a spectacular feature debut from Cynthia Erivo; shame they’re so wasted.
Winners are indicated. I got 16/24. Pretty good, if I may say so myself.
12 Years a Slave and Gravity win big…
Strips away the bullshit to the bare, spare truth: what pop culture typically feeds us as “ordinary” male sexuality is probably worthy of a psychiatric diagnosis.
Is it “merely” racism trumping easy profit? Is it just the typical Hollywood bigotry that keeps anyone who isn’t white and male and straight from dominating the screen?
Is perhaps the NC-17 stigma starting to disappear?