The following is an excerpt from Adam Howard | February 29, 2016 | msnbc.com |
The Academy Awards on Sunday were many things – long, at times uncomfortable, sometimes quite moving and occasionally politically charged. With the Oscars themselves taking place amid controversy over their lack of diversity – and by extension the entire film industry’s – some edgy moments were to be expected, but there were unexpected, incisive moments, too.
Chris Rock’s #OscarsSoWhite commentary: There was a great deal of anticipation about what host Chris Rock would say about the second straight year of all-white acting nominees, and he didn’t disappoint. From the very beginning, Rock riffed on Hollywood’s diversity dilemma – calling out both whites and blacks in the film business for the hypocrisy and historical ignorance. He mocked black celebrities who skipped the awards show, but also blatantly took Hollywood to task for their “different type” of racism. At the end of the show, Rock invited the predominately white audience to “the BET awards this summer” and said with some irony, “Black lives matter.”
Adam McKay dumps on Trump: “The Big Short” director referenced the ongoing presidential election campaign when accepting the Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay. In a dig at Republican front-runner Donald Trump, McKay said: “If you don’t want big money to control government, don’t vote for candidates that take money from big banks, oil or weirdo billionaires: Stop!”
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