As you might have noticed (or guessed if you didn’t watch), Chris Rock came out swinging at the 88th Academy Awards® this evening, ‘Welcome to the 88th Academy Awards, or as I call them, the White People’s choice Awards.’
The biggest news – above and beyond Rock’s subtle and unsubtle (and mostly very funny) raking of the Academy over the coals – was that Mad Max: Fury Road won six technical awards (shutting out Star Wars: The Force Awakens but losing Visual Effects to Ex Machina). That and Chivo (Emmanuel Lubeski) scoring the natural hat trick for his third consecutive Cinematography Oscar® for The Revenant – and Alejandro G. Iñárritu earning his second consecutive Oscar® as director for The Revenant.
Or maybe it was Mark Rylance winning Supporting Actor over the sentimental favorite Sylvester Stallone – or possibly Spotlight snatching Best Film from the slavering jaws of The Revenant’s Judy (yup, the CG bear is called Judy!).
Despite only three of the five nominated songs being performed live – and no weird, lengthy, puzzling song and dance routines, this year’s Oscars® still blew its tentative thee hour running time by a half an hour. (The more things change, the more they remain the same…). For a complete list of winners, follow the jump.
The 88th Annual Academy Awards will be bestowed on Sunday, February 28th, and GeekScholars Movie News is ready to reveal their predictions. Listen as Fox, Chris, and Jill debate (and agree!) on who will walk away Oscar.
From there, it’s a round of Never Tell Me the Odds as the hosts consider the probability that: Wolverine 3 gets a “R” rating, Adam McKay directs Ant-Man and the Wasp, Julianne Moore plays the antagonist in the Kingsman: The Secret Service sequel, Keira Knightley portrays Catherine the Great, Robert Downey, Jr. gets his Pinocchio movie made, and Emily Blunts plays Mary Poppins.
Producers David Hill and Reginald Hudlin have announced key members of this year’s Academy Awards® show.
Director Glenn Weiss (Emmy-winner for three Tony Awards shows) makes his Oscar debut; supervising producer Michael Seligman (11 Emmy Nominations for Oscars® shows); consulting producers Cindy Hauser (YouTube OnStage Live from the Kennedy Center), Nicole Yaron (Primetime Emmy Awards) and Chris Pizzi (NAACP Image Awards); production designer Derek McLane (fourth straight Oscars® show), and choreographer Fatima Robinson (The Wiz Live!), among others.
For the complete list, follow the jump. Chris Rock hosts the 88th Annual Academy Awards® on Sunday, February 28th on CBS.