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Academy Awards in the break : The Oscar for the Green Book is a poor decision

It is spoken much Spanish in the 91. Oscar ceremony Sunday night at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. This is not only a sign of a changing demography of the American film industry. An increase of 2000 members of the film Academy recorded in the past few years, the debates on the #Oscarssowhite and #Metoo. 2019 two more factors: the announced border fence to Mexico, still the favourite project of the US President (which is not mentioned by name once), as well as the fact that Alfonso Cuaróns “Roma”, a Spanish-language Film as a hot Oscar nominee is traded.

On Sunday holds first Javier Bardem in his mother tongue, on the side of ’Wakanda-Queen Angela Bassett, a plea against boundaries – real and imaginary. He presented the Oscar for best foreign language Film early in the evening, "Roma", which further dramaturgy is signed. The best foreign language Oscar-and the best Oscar has won in the history of the film awards, but never the same title. Which also means: Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck can't repeat "work without the author" in his success of 2007. But serious opportunities are not likely to have the German Director anyway, of all things.

Later, actor Diego Luna explains in the presentation of the "Roma" as one of the eight nominees for the "Best Film" that it is "women and immigrants", the "mankind". Or, he says, but "humanity"? The story of an indigenous maid in Mexico of the seventies, currently has a high symbolic political value, even if the fact that Netflix does not interfere with the production of the old Hollywood structures, is not likely to appeal to every member of the old Academy.

A very awkward choice

This is confirmed, then at the height of the Gala. Cuarón has already two Oscars (camera, directing), his second double success in 2014 "Gravity" (Director, editor). But without a struggle, Hollywood is in the duel of the systems then, but not beaten. As the best Film of the quite controversial, the racism drama “the Green Book” by Peter Farrelly awards, produced by Dreamworks, one of the last independent Studios: a poor decision, in artistic as in political respects. But it fits to the slowness of the Academy, which is in a Phase of upheaval – such as the entire U.S. film industry.

“the Green Book” is a very awkward choice, with the the Academy just shows that she has not yet drawn the right Lessons from the criticism of the #Oscarssowhite campaign three years ago. The three-hour ceremony with their highly diverse guest list had (was one of the presenters, among other things, the civil rights icon John Lewis) suggests a long time, something like insight. At the end of a movie about a white Chauffeur who has to explain to his African-American Boss authentic black culture, but again, as the price proves worthy of. The fact that Viggo Mortensen is guided as the main actor, Mahershala Ali's black concert pianist Don Shirley, but only as a secondary role, actually already says everything about the role-understanding of the film.

Ali won the Oscar, after all, for the second Time in three years after the “Moonlight”. A weak consolation. His acceptance speech was serious, and uplifting, without the usual thanks to pathos, worthy amazingly enough, under the adverse circumstances of this question, success story. Mortensen, the Ali expressly thanked, had been used in Interviews previously, several times the “N-word”, for which he later apologized. And the real family, Shirley complained in the Wake of the Oscar-hype that the movie tells the friendship between the two men, from the perspective of the white protagonists, in a positive light moves. An Oscar for the original screenplay, there are still.

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Spike Lee's acceptance speech

true, conciliatory, It is pointless to criticize the decisions of the well is 8000 members strong Academy. But the conciliatory Signal was excellent in a year with strong African-American movies like “Black Panther” (three Oscars for costume design, scene image, and the music, but not for the title song of Kendrick Lamar and SZA) and Barry Jenkins' moving adaptation of James Baldwin's “Beale Street”, for the only Regina King as best actress in a supporting role, is meant in the end only good. This Spike is compensated for, at least, Lee's passionate acceptance speech for best adapted screenplay of “BlackKklansman”, his first Oscar after five nominations in 30 years.

Lee remembers, visibly caught off guard by his award, the history of slavery, his grandmother and the genocide of the native Americans. And the presidential election in two years ' time, the need to transport the white elephant in the Dolby Theatre from his office, for America to get back "on the right side of history": "Let's Do the Right Thing!" Also on the Oscar for his many years of costume designer Ruth Carter ("Black Panther"), he is, in a way, share. If she has made Spike Lee, his violet Outfit, a tribute to Prince? It is certainly an eye-catcher on this evening.

among the losers of the Evening, Yorgos Lanthimos' sharp-tongued-vulgar history farce "The Favourite". Of its ten nominations at the end only one Oscar for lead actress Olivia Colman, left, leaves the high as a house favorite Glenn Close with now eight failed attempts, the almost tragic failure. Colmans speech, joyfully shocked and at the same time embarrassed by their victory, is a highlight of the ceremony, better than any rehearsed Stand-up Comedy. She apologizes only when Close is called then every name that comes your mind.

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What are the 91. The Oscars still remain in memory? Especially for the surprising finding, that the ceremony is able to walk without a Moderator, as long as the Presenter and presenters so wisely selected as this year's. The event lasted for about three hours, but it was to take the right decision of the Academy, the reduction of the Gala by the proposed reference prices for the camera and the cut to the commercial break again in the short term.

After only two years is already visible that the Academy is colorful and versatile: on the one hand, to the presenters and award winners, but also due to the fact that there is again no clear winner. Four times in the Queen Biopic "Bohemian Rhapsody", however, mostly in the technical categories (editing, sound, sound editing), Rami Malek receives, in the presence of the Band, the prize for his portrayal of Freddie mercury. win "Roma", "the Green Book" and "Black Panther" got three Oscars.

And who would have thought that a Film can receive four awards, without even the Name of the Director mention? The Crew of "Bohemian Rhapsody" brought this art piece in their acceptance speeches ready. Bryan Singer had been fired in front of one and a half years, according to personal differences (he is listed as sole Director), probably because of repeated allegations of sexual abuse and rape.

That such structural problems of the film industry on Sunday night were not a theme here, Moderation was lacking in fact, for this year's awards symptomatic. How to create transparency, so that the fine words with deeds? The fact that no Director in the two main categories of finds, it will weigh in three hours studiously away. Hollywood has drawn so lightly of the affair. But the challenges facing the US film industry is facing, can neither conceal nor with the principle of equal shares at the Oscars. Here, it would have been perhaps appropriate to call the problems time to time.

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