Ricky Gervais began the night off with a searing, wince-worthy opening monologue that contradicted the Hollywood elite and started the evening off with a bang. It would turn out to be the best portion of the award show–the three-hour-long award show that dragged on into the late night in a boring sludge of overly long speeches and expected wins.
Five years ago, The Academy’s choice of nominees for the Oscars birthed what would become the now-iconic hashtag, #OscarsSoWhite. It jarred The Academy into trying to make a difference after the fierce outrage and after the last few years, it seemed that maybe things were actually beginning to change.
Last year was one of the most diverse yet at the Oscars, Golden Globes, and the Screen Actor Guild Awards with films like Black Panther, Blackkklansman, and Green Book garnering immense praise and nagging awards. At the Oscars, history was made for Best Production Design and Best Costume Design as African-American women took home the prize for these categories for the first time ever.
It was a truly beautiful thing seeing so many people of color winning awards; Regina King, Mahershala Ali, Rami Malek, Alfonso Cuarón, Spike Lee, and the list keeps going. But this year’s award season seems to have devolved right back into the old ways of Hollywood in a clear lack of diversity that is anything but disconcerting. Continue reading The Golden Globes Reiterated Why People Have Stopped Watching the Award Shows