It was very sad, but also inspiring when Chadwick Boseman won his posthumous Oscar. Awwh poor Chadwick. But he really should have been up for Supporting Actor which was also won by a black man in Daniel Kaluuya.
‘The Crown’ was the big winner of the night. It won Best Drama Series, Emma Corrin for playing Princess Diana, Josh O’Connor for playing Prince Charles and Gillian Anderson for Margaret Thatcher. I’m a bit late to all ‘The Crown’ love and have just had about enough of the bloody royals recently with the whole Harry and Megz affair.
I’m glad neither ‘Emily in Paris’ or Lily Collins won. That was the worst of last year. Lily’s lovely and Phil Collins’ daughter, but that was not a good career move for her or for Darren Star.
Best Supporting Actress should’ve gone to Nicole Kidman rather than Anya Taylor-Joy. Her emotive performance in ‘The Undoing’ (2020) played against typical ice queen type for Nicole. I haven’t seen ‘The Queen’s Gambit’, but it’s a shame ‘Normal People’, ‘Small Axe’ or ‘The Undoing’ didn’t get the limited series prize. I don’t understand how it could be better than any of those three.
Oh and John Boyega winning for ‘Small Axe’. YES! That was the best performance by any actor last year and should’ve been up in the leading categories regardless of whether it’s a film or a tv show.
It was a travesty that Jodie Foster won Best Supporting Actress over Amanda Seyfried or Helena Zengel. The former was brilliantly dark and bratty while the latter formed the beating heart of ‘News of the World’.
Great to see ‘Minari’ win Foreign Language Film, but it’s a shame it wasn’t nominated in any of the leading categories. And ‘Soul’ deserved to win Best Animation.
So that’s it. A big feminist fist-pump of a ceremony, an audacious night for #BlackLivesMatter and lots of my favourites not walking home empty-handed. Where does this leave the BAFTAS and the Oscars? Well, they should take note. This ceremony wins top gongs for diversity. Thank f**k!
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