The biggest surprise of the night!
– Mark Rylance starring at the most surprising reversal of the Oscar night! As unforeseen it might have been, his win in the best supporting actor category was utterly worthy. Sylvester Stallone may have gathered the affinity of his peers, but no one can argue that Rylance delivered the best performance in his category.
Oscars so White??
“It’s Leonardo Di Caprio for Best Actor”, make sure you get it right!!
– Finally the whole “Leonardo Di Caprio has never won an Oscar” fuss was over, as Leo was walking up the stage to receive the golden statuette for his deliberate – certainly not his career best – performance in “The Revenant”. But despite the electrifying tension caused by the prolonged standing ovation, his acceptance speech was lacking real sentiment.
Il Grande Maestro!
– “Mi Fratellino”! Quincy Jones announces the win of Ennio Morricone in the best original score category, and the great Maestro at the age of 87 delivers the most modest and moving speech of the night, acknowledging his fellow nominees and Quentin Tarantino for the opportunity to write the music for a great film, as if he was a rookie composer. His first Oscar win coming on a night that everyone was talking about something else (Di Caprio’s Oscar) coincides perfectly with his music legacy: delicate but yet influential!
“Why are you giving the Oscar to that guy??”
– Lady Gaga repudiates her pop star persona for a few minutes and carries out an emotional performance of “Till It Happens to You” from the documentary “Hunting Ground” that focuses on sexual assaults in university campus. However the Oscar ends up in the hands of Jimmy Napes and Sam Smith for the James Bond song “Writings on the Wall” and in an even more desperate attempt to gain attention, Sam Smith makes an embarrassing speech claiming to be the first openly gay to win an Oscar.
– Although Chris Rock was quite good, by far the most hilarious moment of the ceremony belongs to Louie C.K. while he presented the best documentary short subject! And the fact that the Oscar ended up to Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy for the second time makes the act even funnier! We would love to see him host the Oscars next year!
– Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu wins a second consecutive directing Oscar, becoming the first foreign and third ever director to achieve this. Although “The Revenant” does not come anywhere close to his last year masterpiece of “Birdman”, it was by far the best direction of the year compared to his fellow nominees. And just like last year Inarritu gave a heartful speech.
– From the oblivion of five nominations with no wins, Emmanuel Lubezki found his promised land in Mexican directors, setting a new record in the cinematography category with three consecutive wins!
2014 vs 2015
– The overall feeling of the 88th Academy Awards Ceremony was a bit dull. It was the night of the first Oscar for Di Caprio and Morricone, the night in which Inarritu and Lubezki wrote cinematic history and Chris Rock raised the hosting standards once again, but without great movies the show lacks essence in its core. And 2015 was not a good film year. No wonder that the most awarded film of the night, Mad Max with 6 Oscars, did not win a single statuette in the big 8, best director film did not win best picture and “Spotlight” that won the big award only claimed two Oscars, something that has not happened since 1952! Taking into consideration what a great year 2014 was, the disappointement is even bigger!