Few shows on television are as versatile or as universally praised or criticized than the
The Academy of Motion Picture & Film works in mysterious ways and 2016 was no
I’m the Ranting Usher. Let me host you to your seat.
Some phenomenal box-office films that bring broad fan-based demographics pouring
into the theaters like "Force Awakens" or "Jurassic World" are either snubbed or
entirely neglected. Others that appeal to much smallter fan-bases despite practically
being included in the same action/adventure sci-fi genre...
...earn a majority of special effects and other technical awards like Film Editing, Sound Mixing,
Production and Costume Design, the Academy of Motion Picture & Film seems to be more
interested in subtle details and the way they are executed rather than in the films they appear in.
What a hoarder you are “Mad Max Fury Road.” You are a selfish, selfish hoarder. You’re like the
bully who steals other kid’s toys and lunch-money on the playground. You know you don’t
deserve all those awards. Okay, maybe Production and Costume Design, but certainly not all of
them. You should be ashamed of yourself “Mad Max.”
Some credit must be given to those who prefer to shout Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream”
speech from a mountain-top rather than participate in one of the most highly anticipated
television events of the year.
Cheer up Will Smith. You may not have been nominated for either “Focus” or
“Concussion” but you and your acting prowess earned more than a few Honorable
Racial biases were so heavily themed that they usurped about sixty percent of a three
hour program. Way to stir up a hornet’s nest of controversy there, Will Smith.
While Academy Awards directors were trying desperately to appease members of the
black community, they apparently decided they weren’t featuring enough gender equality
in their programming. They solved this by having Lady Gaga perform a song that she co-
wrote with Diane Warren for “The Hunting Ground,” a Documentary film. “Til It Happens
To You” was nominated for a Satellite Award for Best Original Song. Lady Gaga poured
her heart and soul into her performance. Unfortunately, the song did not win. Still, I’m
surprised a toll free number didn’t appear at the bottom of the screen.
So, what’s up with Chris Rock selling his daughter’s girl-scout cookies? Yes Chris Rock,
only you would take precious moments out of the Academy Awards to randomly promote
such a cause. You are so thoughtful.
From “This Boy’s Life,” to “Titanic,” to “What’s Eating Gilbert Grape,” and finally “The
Revenant,” no one was more deserving of the Best Actor award than Leonardo Dicaprio.
Apparently, being mauled by a grizzly bear, being buried alive and fighting for every
breath while on a quest for vengeance was exactly the kind of character arc and
storyboard that the Academy and its voters were looking for.
Moreover, the Academy voters and directors dreaded having to face endless trolls and
backlash on the Internet had they not presented the award to Dicaprio. Congratulations
Sorry, Matt Damon. “The Martian,” a wonderful and entertaining movie though
it was, wasn’t quite Oscar worthy. Clearly, we were more fascinated by
characters suffering on our own soil rather than those isolated and trying not
to starve to death on a planet far, far away. The more you suffer, the more
worthy you are, right Dicaprio?
Not surprisingly, “Spotlight” won for Best Picture, basking in its own
Even after eighty-eight years, The Academy of Motion Picture & Film still
continues to confound, entertain, enlighten and captivate audiences around
the world by celebrating the art of creating what we love most about movies.
There is magnificent talent out there waiting to be recognized and I’m eager to
see who the nominees will be in 2017.
I’m the Ranting Usher. So, what do you guys think? Is my review up for any
awards? Let me know in the comments section.