Everyone in the Arts dreams about the Oscars.
Actors, directors, producers, actresses, writers, musicians, make-up artists, cinematographers, costumers et al.
I know I’m leaving out someone, but who doesn’t in an Academy Awards acceptance speech.
Even I once held such dreams, but tonight I’ll be watching the Boston Celtics versus Detroit. I have no dreams any more. Not of standing at that gloried dais in Los Angeles.
I only went to the cinema once last year, but that doesn’t exclude my predicting the winners from having only seen the trailers and posters, so and the winners are.
Best Visual Effects
Deepwater Horizon – Craig Hammack, Jason Snell, Jason Billington, and Burt Dalton
I like Mark Wahlberg. He comes from Boston.
Best Film Editing
I support all Science Fiction movies
Best Costume Design
Jackie – Madeline Fontaine
Even though Nathalie Portman doesn’t look a thing like Jackie.
Best Makeup and Hairstyling
A Man Called Ove – Eva von Bahr and Love Larson
I like their names.
Arrival – Bradford Young
Space movies rule and fuck LA LA LAND
Best Production Design
Arrival – Patrice Vermette and Paul Hotte
I’m all in.
Best Sound Mixing
Arrival – Sylvain Bellemare
I love French people.
Best Documentary – Short Subject
The White Helmets – Orlando von Einsiedel and Joanna Natasegara
Stop the Endless War.
Best Documentary – Feature
I Am Not Your Negro – Raoul Peck, Rémi Grellety, and Hébert Peck
We worship the righteous dead.
Best Foreign Language Film
Tanna (Australia) in Nauvhal – Martin Butler and Bentley Dean
I have been to Melansia.
Best Animated Feature Film
The Red Turtle – Michaël Dudok de Wit and Toshio Suzuki
Anyone but Disney.
Best Adapted Screenplay
Hidden Figures – Allison Schroeder and Theodore Melfi from Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly
I was a Math Major at University.
Best Original Screenplay
20th Century Women – Mike Mills
This quirky film with weird dancing scene at punk clubs was the only Oscar nominee I saw in 2016
Best Supporting Actress
Naomie Harris – Moonlight as Paula
She has kind eyes.
Best Supporting Actor
Jeff Bridges – Hell or High Water as Marcus Hamilton
I would love to see this veteran win one.
Isabelle Huppert – Elle as Michèle Leblanc
Viva La France.
Casey Affleck – Manchester by the Sea as Lee Chandler
A shout out for Falmouth, Mass.
Denis Villeneuve – Arrival
De La Belle Province – Quebec.
And finally the moment we have bee waiting for.
Best Picture of 2016
Moonlight – Adele Romanski, Dede Gardner, and Jeremy Kleiner
Because it’s always good to recognize the best.