Oscar Winners 2015: Powerful moments rebut lack of diversity
Last night’s Academy Awards honoured a host of rather predictable winners for their achievements in film over the past year.
Popular favourite Birdman swept up the Oscars for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Original Screenplay, and Achievement in Cinematography. Meanwhile, Eddie Redmayne and Julianne Moore were named Best Actor and Best Actress respectively, and JK Simmons and Patricia Arquette were awarded Best Supporting Actor and Actress – all of these having been hotly tipped to win by bookies in the lead-up to the awards.
Unfortunately, it was simply a matter of fact that this year’s Oscar winners would be a largely homogenous group when it came to skin colour, sexual orientation, body type etc. See for example this alabaster collage of the nominees for the four acting categories:
Since the Oscar nominations were announced in January, we and many others have been raging over the lack of diversity among those the Academy has chosen to honour, with actors of colour and female filmmakers being largely overlooked.
Nevertheless, those of us lamenting the lack of diversity in this year’s Oscar nominations were given reasons to celebrate by a number of powerful moments during the awards ceremony. Here’s a roundup of the most fist-pump-inducing moments.
Neil Patrick Harris’s welcome as the ceremony’s host: “Tonight we honour Hollywood’s best and whitest – sorry, brightest.”
David Oyelowo, Kerry Washington and others talking inequities on the red carpet:
“The voting system didn’t reflect the community … I just think every facet of life, whether it’s institutions or just the nation in general should reflect what society is composed of, not just racially, but in terms of sex as well, women, young, old.” – D.O.
“It’s less about the Academy and more about the business in general … we need to be more and more inclusive in the stories we tell and the stories we support in theatres” – K.W.
Patricia Arquette pushing for wage equality and equal rights for women in her Best Supporting Actress acceptance speech:
Graham Moore moving us to tears and creating the #StayWeird hashtag when accepting his award for Best Adapted Screenplay (The Imitation Game):
Common and John Legend’s performance of ‘Glory’…
And their acceptance speech for Best Original Song (Selma):
All in all, not a bad reaction to the Oscars with the ‘whitest nominees’ since 1995.
The full list of winners:
Best picture: Birdman
Best director: Alejandro González Iñárritu – Birdman
Best actor: Eddie Redmayne – The Theory of Everything
Best actress: Julianne Moore – Still Alice
Best supporting actress: Patricia Arquette for Boyhood
Best supporting actor: JK Simmons for Whiplash
Original screenplay: Alejandro González Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris, Armando Bo – Birdman
Adapted screenplay: Graham Moore – The Imitation Game
Achievement in costume design: Milena Canonero – The Grand Budapest Hotel
Achievement in makeup and hairstyling: Frances Hannon & Mark Coulier – The Grand Budapest Hotel
Best foreign-language film: Ida – Paweł Pawlikowski
Best live-action short film: The Phone Call – Mat Kirkby, James Lucas
Best documentary short subject: Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1 – Ellen Goosenberg Kent, Dana Perry
Achievement in sound mixing: Whiplash – Craig Mann, Ben Wilkins, Thomas Curley
Achievement in sound editing: American Sniper – Alan Robert Murray, Bub Asman
Achievement in visual effects: Interstellar – Paul J Franklin, Andrew Lockley, Ian Hunter, Scott R Fisher
Best animated short film: Feast – Patrick Osborne, Kristina Reed
Best animated feature film: Big Hero 6
Best production design: The Grand Budapest Hotel – Adam Stockhausen, Anna Pinnock
Achievement in cinematography: Birdman – Emmanuel Lubezki
Achievement in film editing: Whiplash – Tom Cross
Best documentary feature: Citizenfour – Laura Poitras, Mathilde Bonnefoy, Dirk Wilutzky
Best original song: ‘Glory’ from Selma – Lonnie Lynn (Common), John Stephens (John Legend)
Best original score: Alexandre Desplat – The Grand Budapest Hotel