At 92, the Academy reaches the age of majority – editorials
The 92 Academy Awards made history. The South Korean film, Parasite, became the first foreign-language film to win the Best Film for its dark drama. He also won three other awards (Best Director, Best Original Screenplay and Best International Film), and deservedly. But that was not all that the Oscars brought this year.
From Brad Pitt and Joaquin Phoenix to Renee Zellweger and Janelle Monáe, artists wove in the political, cultural and social context of our times to make the night bigger than a celebration of the best of cinema. The winners used the platform to underline the seriousness of the climate crisis, highlight the need for minority and indigenous representation, expose gender discrimination and warn against extreme right-wing extremism. The general theme of justice and inclusion in an unfair and unfair world echoed in the speeches. Phoenix (who won the Best Actor award for his role as a mentally ill man in a failed Joker comic), citing his brother, the late actor, River, said: “Run to the rescue with love and peace will follow.”
But the Oscars did not do everything right. Not a single woman was nominated for Best Director, and the lack of ethnic representation continued to plague the awards. The Academy would do well to remember what actor Frances McDormand said in his acceptance of the 2018 Oscars: Inclusion Rider (a provision to ensure diversity in movies). But for now, the Academy can breathe a sigh of relief. By awarding Parasite, he has finally recognized the need to diversify. However, it still has a long way to go before it is truly representative of cinema in all its splendor.