Many people dream to walk down the Hollywood’s red carpet. This is the most glamorous event in the entire film industry. Stars-big, small and everyone in between tries to present their best work to all the spectators around the world. Oscar is the manifestation of excellent movies, style and sometimes the political ideas like it was this year. The general population sees the red carpet as a place where the magic of Hollywood goes to shine. Even though, you might think it easy for big starts to prepare for such an event because they have money, but it’s a lot of painstaking work behind it.
While in 2017 Hollywood was still reeling from the 2016 presidential elections, this year’s focus was on the movement #MeToo and gun control. Traditionally, all winner provides gratitude speech while accepting their awards and throughout the years we could hear actors talking about climate change, women’s rights, equal pay and many other. It all started with Marlon Brando in 1972 when he didn’t appear to take his award for the role of Vito Corleone in The Godfather. That moment was marked as a change in Oscar history. Marlon didn’t come to collect his prize. Instead, he sent Sacheen Littlefeather who spoke about the treatment of Native Americans. Since then, Oscar winners have to use the gratitude speech for various purposes and most importantly, to bring awareness among people.
Last year we were witnesses of a massive scandal that happened in the movie industry. The Hollywood producer, Harvey Weinstein, was accused of sexual wrongdoings and many celebrities have stepped forward to support these claims. This is one of the reasons, why #MeToo movement took a spotlight in this year’s Oscar ceremony. Many actresses united to show their strength, and that’s a remarkable and brave move for this industry, dominated by men.
Another stunning fact, what once was an event that took over the entire world, now Oscar is decreasing in popularity. The recent polls show that ceremony isn’t impressive, as it was in the past. Even president Donald Trump tweeted about this.
Now let’s look at the movies. Guillermo del Toro’s monster fable The Shape of Water took the best picture award. This movie is the best example who we should accept the change and diversity and gender equality. Jordan Peel won the prize for the script for his horror sensation Get Out, which made him the first African-American to win for the best original screenplay. Christopher Nolan’s World War II epic Dunkirk managed to land three prizes, for editing, sound editing, and sound design. The awards for the leading roles were divided between Frances McDormand and Gary Oldman.
All in all, this entire event should be focused on promoting the best movies industry has seen, but somehow, that’s not the case. We hope that in the following years, Hollywood will manage to regain the old glory and once again become the most significant movie festival in the world.