The 2019 Oscars confirms a trend inaugurated by the Academy Awards’ recent editions because, judging by recent events and the list of nominees, the night of February 24 will be a mix of controversy and record.
With that in mind, we decided to put together a compilation of key facts, curiosities and brands noted by the nominees before the big Oscar awards ceremony 2019.
The political and cultural phenomenon that Black Panther became did not need more apices to increase its importance, but it is a fact that a new height was announced in the horizon with the disclosure of the competitors to Oscar 2019.
Indicated to seven statuettes, the adventure directed by Ryan Coogler reached a plateau that even Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight, considered by many to be the greatest superhero of all time, had the breath to attain: the Oscar nomination for Best Picture.
Maximum crowning of the Marvel Cinematographic Universe from the awards point of view, since Black Panther is less likely to defeat Rome’s favorite and Green Book, the feat demonstrates how the inclusion of more diversity among the voting members the Academy has been pushing away the #OscarsSoWhite ghost.
It also points out that the Academy is focused on trying to reverse the runaway loss of audience from broadcasting the event by bringing to the party the third most profitable movie ever made in the United States with $ 700 million raised on domestic soil.
And, while we are still not talking about the Academy’s desperate search for popularity, which has resulted in some questionable measures (and yet not implemented), it is also worth mentioning the possible triumph of costume designer Ruth E. Carter.
If she wins her main competitor, Sandy Powell, who already has three Academy statues on the bill, Carter will become the first black woman to win the prize.
Finally, two more important facts about Black Panther at the Oscars:
1) art director Hannah Beachler is now the first black woman to be nominated for the Best Production Design category;
2) Disney, boosted by various indications of its Marvel blockbuster, reached a total of 17 nominations in a single year. In addition to Black Panther, Mickey Mouse’s house will also take Avengers: Infinite War, The Incredibles 2, Ralph – Breaking the Internet, The Return of Mary Poppins, Han Solo: A Story Star Wars and Christopher Robin.
NETFLIX AND ROME
Another company that also found its pinnacle in the awards universe (until now) was Netflix, which won its first Oscar nominee for Best Picture with Roma by Alfonso Cuarón.
With 13 nominations in total – being 10 of the intimate Mexican drama, a foreign work that is now the historical nomination champion alongside The Tiger and the Dragon, which fought the 2001 Oscar battle – the streaming giant cemented its status as one of the most important producers of the moment, and soon after a troubled year.
The inclusion of Rome in the run-up to the Oscars main event – which also boosted the nomination of the new actress Yalitza Aparicio in the category Best Actress, becoming the first Latin American woman in 15 years after Catalina Sandino Moreno to receive an indication.
Arrives months after the fall of arm caught between Netflix and the Festival of Cannes – that, incidentally, removed Rome from the Croisette.
Anchored by several international distributors around the world for prioritizing its streaming platform, the leader in streaming gains more and more space and continues to bother the competition of Hollywood majors.
But even if the streaming giant’s impressive performance does not convince the more conservative members of the Academy, Rome has a good chance of getting at least one prize back in Mexico, particularly because of Cuaron’s multiple nominations.
Incidentally, the director is the only one in all of history to be nominated as a producer, director, screenwriter and photographer in a single issue. Before that, only Warren Beatty and the brothers Joel and Ethan Coen achieved similar accomplishments: the former was nominated as a producer, director, actor, and screenwriter for Heaven can wait, in 1978, and for Reds in 1982.
The pair, by their Instead, he was nominated for Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Picture, and Best Screenwriting for 2008.
The filmmaking brothers were also responsible for three more of the 15 total nominations of the streaming giant this year a record for the Californian company: The Ballad of Buster Scruggs has been nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Costume Design, and Best Original Song.
The number of achievements in 2019 was only matched by the amount of controversy.
If in 2017 the Academy created one of the most infamous moments in the history of the award when delivering the wrong envelopes to Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway, which led to the wrong announcement of the Best Movie award – won by Moonlight, not La La Land – , the institution this year has been preparing the ground for controversy since the middle of 2018.
Just in the year after the outbreak of the #MeToo movement against sexual abuse in the film industry – was not enough, the Kevin Hart case still occurred.
The first and only choice of the Academy to present the Oscars this year, the comedian was removed from the ceremony after the revelation of offensive tweets that the actor has posted in the past. Hart, who said he apologized for the incident earlier, refused to apologize again and did not accept the Academy’s requests, which wanted the return of the popular comedian.
As a result, the Oscar will not have a regular host for the first time in 30 years.
Thus the increased participation of black artists in the Academy Awards is still minimal in the face of the number of white artists – this is also true for representatives of ethnic groups other than Caucasians.
Diversity is still a distant achievement for the Oscars.