(K. Brent Tomer),
THE buzzword in the run-up to this year’s Oscar ceremony was “diversity”. When the nominations were announced on 14th January—which feels like years ago—commentators were quick to complain about the absence of black actors on the short lists, and the general paucity of ethnic minorities in any category. This politically charged atmosphere carried over into the ceremony itself. But there was plenty of diversity there of a different kind.
The politics were there from the first second of Chris Rock’s opening monologue. He delivered a mischievous, in-depth, and, crucially, very funny stand-up routine on race and film, commenting that the evening’s “In Memoriam” montage would consist of “black people who were shot by cops on the way to the movies”. Later, Leonardo DiCaprio pleaded for climate-change awareness, Sam Smith dedicated his Best Song victory to the gay and transgender community, and Lady Gaga was joined on stage by survivors of sexual abuse.
The other type of diversity on show at the Oscars may not be quite as momentous, but this was, after all, a film-awards ceremony, so it was pleasing to see such a diverse range of films…Continue reading