An interesting list to wake up to.
I haven’t seen ‘Moonlight’ yet, but I have no problem with a film that many people really love and (maybe more importantly) respect taking the top prize. It’ll reach a few more people now, hopefully some of them will take something important away from seeing it?
‘La La Land’ is the fun choice, and a hit, it’s not going to fade away. ‘Hell or High Water’ is a minor classic, it’s going to be around for a long time too , ‘Arrival’ and ‘Hidden Figures’ are both mainstream and critical hits. etc., everything nominated this year was a good choice.
Best Director is fine. Not unexpected, but only Gibson would’ve been a shock, and only because of who he is, not his lack of ability.
Of the rest, it’s a good list of winners.
I thought Jeff Bridges was great in ‘Hell or High Water’ but he was being very Jeff Bridges’ so I’ve got no problem with the prize going to Mahershala Ali.
'La La Land’s collection of technical/artistic awards is good, they clearly worked really hard to create that real/unreal world.
I know the composer of the short documentary subject winner, ‘The White Helmets’ (he did the score for the zombie short I did VFX for) so I’m happy that he was part of that. He’s in LA for the ceremony and he was taking meetings based on the nomination anyway, hopefully it’ll bump his career to the next level, he’s a good guy.
That’s as close to a personal stake as I had this year.
I’m glad ‘Jungle Book’ won for VFX. Everyone nominated was great, but they were better.