Yes, I'm a movie buff, but I usually skip watching the Oscars each year. Instead of watching nonsense for 3 hours, I'd rather just hear about it the next day.
Like most things lately, I was totally wrong that La La Land would clean up. Maybe because everyone assumed it would win the Academy had to throw a curveball this year with Moonlight.
Here's the thing about the Oscars to me: it's just a self-serving contest that really has zero meaning. They don't ever nominate comedies, and only recently ever include scifi. The Academy is only interested in a certain type of film, which is why at the end of each year you see so many "Oscar-bait" films that are over-dramatic and over-serious OR they take place in Hollywood or are about Hollywood. I can think of some off the top of my head that fit in this category: The Artist, Argo, Birdman, etc.
To me, it's hard to take seriously an institution that ignores quite a big chuck of genres that contain some of the best films right now. Sure, yes, my beloved Rocky won best picture once upon a time, so the winners aren't all bad, but it's usually pretty easy to predict how the Oscars are going to choose their winners. The Oscars are a bit silly anyway; it would be like if my family gave awards to the best family members that year. It's all just so self-congratulating and political.
Anyway, I only saw two of the nominated best picture films, Arrival, and Hell or High Water. I would have picked Arrival as a winner, but I knew it would never happen. I've avoided Manchester by the Sea because it looks like sadness-porn, and I don't enjoy watching Casey Affleck do anything.
Was there no other valid contender to Suicide Squad for best makeup?! I mean seriously? Why did THAT movie have to win any sort of award?
But man, how about that blunder, huh? Yikes. I just watched it. Couldn't believe how far it went before it was corrected:
I haven't seen La La Land because everyone keeps telling me to watch it, and I can't sit through musicals. Fortunately, it didn't win so now I need to go check out Moonlight instead.
This is the Oscars now and forever: a show that will be surrounded with some controversy because of who is and who isn't nominated, then there will be some viral moment that everyone will be talking about, and no matter who is planning on boycotting it will get a bazillion eyeballs and comments on Twitter. And then we'll just do it all again next year.