Anyone who wondered if Chris Rock was going to address the controversy surrounding the lack of minority nominees in his second, turn as Oscar host, had about six seconds to wonder. Rock, in a monologue so strong that it reminded everyone why he’s the best stand-up comedian today, absolutely blasted the Academy, the boycott, racism in general and did it all in such a wise and hysterical way that I don’t think anyone else could have. In fact, the first half of the show was pretty much The Chris Rock Variety Show With a Special Focus on Race….and it was (with a few exceptions) pretty brilliant. Before we get to the actual awards, which were every bit as bizarre as the rest of the night, here’s Rock’s monologue:
Today is Oscar Day! With such a great year of film you would think there was no way the Oscars will inspire rage in me tonight, but don’t underestimate what they can do to me in a 4-5 hour telecast! Chris Rock will host and the ceremony itself will begin at 8:30 p.m. EST on ABC, though people will be analyzing clothes in a banal manner for hours prior. Here are my predictions for the big categories: Best Picture: The Revenant (rooting for Spotlight) Best Director: Alejandro Inarritu (rooting for Tom McCarthy) Best Actor: Leonardo DiCaprio (rooting for Michael Fassbender) Best Actress: Brie Larson (rooting for her!) Best Supporting Actor: Sylvester Stallone (GO Mark Rylance!) Best Supporting Actress: Kate Winslet (rooting for her!) Original Screenplay: Spotlight (rooting for Ex Machina) Adapted Screenplay: Room (rooting for The Martian) Animated Feature: Inside Out (there’s no other choice, period) Original Score: Star Wars Episode VII (This is the award I care most about all night. It’s John Williams’ 50th NOMINATION, and possibly his last, though I wish him decades more, plus this was by far the year’s best score. GO JOHNNY!!!)
By the way, Netflix has two documentaries nominated, so by the end of the night, that DVD rental company that nearly went bust a few years ago might have Emmys and an Oscar!
It was never even close. The Killing Time Community Film of 2015 by a 40 point margin is Star Wars Episode VIII: The Force Awakens!!! I agree and named it Best Picture when the Renaissance Awards went up yesterday (click here to review). Mad Max: Fury road finished a distant second and The Revenant (which I suppose is the Community’s pick amongst those films actually in the running tomorrow) finished third.
What I thought was great was that every single one of the 15 nominated films got votes. Even if Star Wars wasn’t your favorite film this year, there was a film(s) that will stick with you and I think the breadth of the voting once you got past the juggernaut in first showed that. Tomorrow night is OSCAR NIGHT! Tune in so you can understand what I’ll be screaming about on Monday. It’ll be interesting to see if host Chris Rock addresses Spike Lee’s boycott. I think the thing I’m most rooting for is for John Williams to win Best Score for Star Wars with his 50th Oscar nomination (FIFTY). It may be the last chance for the maestro, and he legitamitely deserves it. Our look back at 2015 has ended (though expect a mega lightning review bomb next week of the films I watched to catch up) and it’s time to begin 2016 in earnest. See you at the movies!
Here are our legacy winners (all PG-13, huh): 2012: The Dark Knight Rises 2013: Gravity 2014: Guardians of the Galaxy 2015: Star Wars Episode VII
Welcome to the 15th annual KT Renaissance Film Awards! Created by myself years ago to ward off the amply demonstrated madness that claws at my soul each year when the Oscars get things so very wrong in their awarding. The categories (with the exception of an added ensemble award that I cribbed from the SAG awards) are the same, and unlike the Oscars these awards are fluid. I may well change my mind. I might see something that I haven’t, and the awards will be updated to reflect my mercurial mood swings. (And just for the record, I did these on paper before Sunday’s awards, so if I happen to agree with the Academy, be assured it is a freak occurrence.) Continue reading 2016 Renaissance Film Awards (Killing Time’s Oscars)→
Netflix has released part two of their megatrailer for season two of Daredevil, and I’ve included the first part so you can watch the entire epic unfold. Whereas the first trailer was Punisher-centric with Jon Bernthal, part two is Elektra-centric featuring Elodie Yung’s take on the assassin and offering an overall look at where season two may be taking us.
It seems that the Yakuza, which figured into season one, are-in fact-The Hand, as they were hinted to be. They look like the season’s ultimate Big Bad, which explains Elektra’s presence and the return of Stick (Scott Glenn) and perhaps others from his order. The Punisher looks like he’ll be a fly in the ointment the whole season, and Team DD seems to be developing some friction. I mean, they didn’t really sign up for a full on ninja war. But, holy cow, how much fun is it going to be to binge watch this next installment in the dark corners of the MCU when Netflix puts season two up on March 18th? Answer: a lot more fun than waiting in line for Batman vs. Superman that day.