Sunday, March 4, 2018

It's Offical. This Year's Oscars Set To Be Yet Another Sanctimony-Riddled, Finger-Waggling Snoozeroo

Remember back when the Oscars were fun?

No? Neither do I, frankly. But there was a time, not all that long ago, when the show wasn't as insufferably preachy and self-righteous as it is today. When, say, host Billy Crystal briefly impersonated Hannibal Lecter, or Rob Lowe opened the show with a helium-voiced Snow White, neither of whom were much good at the singing and dancing they were called on to perform. Here, alas, is what's in store tonight:
In a nod to #MeToo and the Time's Up movement, Laura Dern and Ashley Judd will also be front and centre as presenters. Both have spoken out as survivors of sexual harassment and assault: Judd was one of the first to speak out publicly about allegations against Weinstein.

Time's Up organizers also say they are working with the Academy to find space to mark the movement at the Oscars.

And as Marvel Studios' Black Panther continues to shatter records, the king of Wakanda himself (actor Chadwick Boseman) will be presenting, as will Oscar-winning co-star Lupita Nyong'o.

While this year's presenter list emphasizes attempts to diversify by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the returning Oscars ringmaster is Jimmy Kimmel, who presided over the best-picture mix-up that saw Moonlight eventually win last year.
Sounds pretty grim, no? And about as much fun as a plate of cold mashed potatoes.

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