Three New York Times critics share their reactions to the wrong best picture’s being announced at the awards show. - From https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/27/movies/moonlight-la-la-land-academy-awards-conversation.html?src=twr&smid=tw-nytimes&smtyp=cur&_r=0
Jenkins and his producer, Adele Romanski, received the belated honor for “Moonlight” — should quell the facile polarization that followed the two movies throughout the awards season.
(Make fun of the stars in the room — that’s what they’re there for.) At the very least, you would think the academy, which has made real if confusing strides toward inclusion, would understand that its well-intended efforts seem a little hollow when a straight, white male host jokes about no one’s seeing a movie from a black director about gay black men.
After Sunday night, the presidential election, the Super Bowl and, to a different but related extent, the Grammys, I’ve officially come down with outcome-oriented post-traumatic stress disorder — Ooptsd, as in upside my head.
It may be that the academy’s push to diversify itself by adding new members has paid off, but some of the ugliness that aired during the interminable slog up to Sunday night indicates that the academy remains deeply divided.
Meanwhile, the major studios are out to lunch — or at the bank.