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.
This year we had some spectacular movies at Oscar Academy Award, yet, Guillermo del Toro’s Shape of Water managed to size the main prize. At the peak of political, gender and racial turmoil, this movie depicts how differences can be neglected and that all living beings can coexist together. The initial voiceover sends us deep in the past, in a small city near the coats, far from everything else. The movie plot is set in the U.S, in the early 60s. With the cold war and space race happening between Russia and America, this is a story of love, loss, pain, suffering and the monster who tried to destroy it all.
Sally Hawkins plays an orphan Elisa Esposito, a girl who lost her voice and who was one day found by the river. With the peculiar scars on the neck, no one knows what happened to her, but probably is the key to her silence. Elisa lives above the Orpheum cinema, and her first neighbor, Giles, is the artists who lost both, his hair and his job and spend his time watching Bojangles.
The main character works as a cleaner at the Occam aerospace research facility where she mops the floors. But, when the researchers capture a strange creature, amphibian, from the Amazon for the research, Elisa develops a somewhat unusual connection with him. She soon starts to experience erotic dreams, followed by music and creature’s plaintive cry.
The movie combines two unimaginable things, the love story between monster and human. We have seen many films featuring the similar plot, but this is the first who managed to capture the hearts of spectators around the world. The storyline might seem ridiculous and unreal, but at the same time it’s magical and works magnificently.
Dell Toro’s creation of Shape of Water is a cry for help, and the monster in the movie can be anyone of us. It doesn’t matter who your soulmate is, but one question imposes, are you brave enough to accept all differences and imperfections along the way. May this movie serve us as the foundation for future decisions.