You know what? I'm vary glad that Chris Rock didn't [kitty]foot around the issue. I knew that he'd address this somehow, and I'm glad it wasn't just an aside joke. It certainly kept the awards ceremony from being boring. And at least Chris Rock wasn't awkward and out of his element like Seth MacFarline and Neil Patrick Harris were.So I'm assuming they ended the Oscars with "Fight the Power" on purpose since they were "racist" this year?
That said, while they're now considering new rules for consideration (the Oscar So White thing is because the Bakadamey is made up of old white people who only watch movies old white people would like), they simply must do something about the "Best Original Screenplay" rules. There is no way a movie based on real live events should be in the same category as those who have to actually make stuff up. Either they should be in best adapted (as they're adapted from real life events) or have their own category, something along the lines of "Best Screenplay Adapted from Real Events" or something.
Other than that, this awards show was certainly better than some of the last ones. They brought back the holograms of cartoon characters to award best Animated short and feature categories. So much better than Mathew McConaguhey and that old actress being high through their whole presentation. Minions and Buzz and Woody. That's great. Loved seeing Ali G present an award as well. Not to mention R2, Threepio, and BB8 on stage. Most of the presenters were a little blah, though. Did like seeing the youngest actors present as well. Especially since one of them said exactly what I would about Chris Rock. "I loved you in Madagascar." But I really loved Louie C.K.'s backhanded and subversive speech about the short documentaries. You tell 'em Louie.
As for the awards themselves, I'm very happy Mad Max won virtually all the effects and design awards. Those usually go to period pieces, and that's unfair since they have something to go on and copy from. Kinda disappointed Star Wars didn't win anything there, though, but at least it wasn't any of the period piece films. Making an old person mask on a young actor shouldn't win every time and thankfully it didn't.
I kinda wish Richard Williams won for best animated short. Inside Out getting the award was inevitable. I don't think I'd enjoy Anomalisa outside of the visuals. They never give it to Ghibli or the other foreign film anyway. And I liked Inside Out too much to complain.
I'm also glad that the substandard R&B song from the undeserved nomination for Fifty Sharts of Grey didn't win. And also, I have to say while it may be a good movie and all, I'm glad that The Big Short didn't win anything. I'm mixed about Spotlight. Mainly because I hate how Hollywood waits a good decade after the fact to make these prestige films about terrible things happening so we'll never forget that it happened rather than more currently and shining a light on recent events. Though, to be fair it does take that long to get all the facts straight, but Big Short's subject matter was pretty much the subversive plot of "The Good Guys." And that came out a year or two after the bank failings.