By Jamie Miller
Hello, hello again Nightlighters, it is I “the fanatically fond film fan” Jamie Miller here with an Oscar edition of Nightlight. Now as you know, I often review films for the Collegiate, whether they be in theaters or on streaming services. So when I learned that the Oscars were coming back I was eager to volunteer despite my apathy for many awards shows because even if it’s a trainwreck it’s going to be an interesting one…. And the Oscars this year definitely were interesting, though less for the awards more for Will Smith’s violent outburst.
The Oscars this year were hosted by stand up comedian Amy Schumer of “Trainwreck” fame, Wanda Sykes who is known from many, many films, and Regina Hall of “Scary Movie” fame and well… I didn’t care much for it. I can’t say much for Schumer and Sykes stand up but most of their jokes I just didn’t find funny, maybe it’s just me but I just didn’t. A lot of Hall’s jokes early on were that she was single, Sykes jokes also fell flat to me, and Schumer… Schumer was there. In all honesty most of their jokes I don’t even recall and most I probably won’t based on what happened later in the night.
As for live performances, in addition to Reba McEntire performing “Somehow You Do” from the film “Four Good Days,” you had Sebastian Yatra performing “Dos Oruguitas” from “Encanto.” Beyonce performed her song “Be Alive” which was nominated for best original song for its use in the film “King Richard.” Beyonce was dressed in a light green almost furry looking dress and long light green gloves, and the background dancers were also dressed in light green dresses to keep with the film’s tennis theme. It was decent… Not really my thing, but it was good. I give it six torches out of 10.
The cast of “Encanto” performed the unlikely hit song “We don’t talk about Bruno” dressed in bright colors and it was good, though once again it’s not my type of music I liked the song… Until Megan Thee Stallion rapped a verse, it just didn’t work with the song which is almost like Latin folk rock. It was like trying to build a house out of both Legos and Lincoln Logs, both have their benefits separately but together they just don’t work. I give it four torches out of 10.
And in my favorite performance of the night, actually my favorite overall moment from the night, Billie Eilish and her brother Finneas performed “No Time To Die” from the James Bond film of the same name. It was a haunting yet beautiful performance, as simple as it was mesmerizing. As Eilish sang, her brother played piano while thin rays of light surrounded her. It was great and a phenomenal way to promote the song, I give it eight torches out of 10.
As for the winners this year, the highlights were “Dune” curb stomping the competition to win six different awards, “Encanto” winning best animated feature, and “No Time To Die” winning best original song to my absolute joy. “Coda” also won best picture, Jessica Chastain won best actress for her role in “The Eyes of Tammy Faye” and Will Smith won best actor for his part in “King Richard”
However, as many of you reading will likely know by now Smith managed to put a huge damper on not just his win but on the entire night. As comedian Chris Rock prepared to announce the winner for best documentary he made some jokes as was to be expected. Many were in harmless fun, however he then decided to make a joke about Jada Pinkett Smith’s lack of hair comparing her to the old Demi Moore movie “GI Jane” as she suffers from Alopecia. It was a tasteless joke yes and one which had no place being made. However, Smith’s reaction also had no place anywhere, let alone on television. Smith’s reaction was to rise to his feet and slowly make his way onto the stage and over to Rock who he proceeded to smack hard in the face before returning to his seat. He would also yell profanities at Rock from said seat. While I get it, Rock made jokes about Smith’s wife, jokes that were uncalled for and just plain unfunny. Smith also had no right to assault Rock for it. This put a stain on not just his name but on the entire show. Now rather than talking about the winners or the fact that Ariana DeBosa became the first ever openly queer, Afro-Latina to win for best supporting actress, all anyone is going to be talking about is Smith storming the stage to attack Rock. Because of Smith’s actions, it’s unlikely anything else will really be remembered. And even though Smith more or less apologized during his win for best actor… It doesn’t make up for it. It was just disgraceful all around.
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