This has been one hot mess of an Oscar season — but it was the kind of hot mess that might one day lead to a less crappy Oscars.
We’re speaking, of course, about whether this would or wouldn’t be Leo’s year.
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DiCaprio won for grunting and growling and dragging himself over snow and through cold water and being abused by a bear for “The Revenant” — all things that are way more manly than just learning your lines and not tripping over the furniture. His win arrived so late in the night — nearly 3 ½ hours in, which is only 50-some minutes longer than the movie itself — we might have forgot about the other thing that actually mattered: whether the Academy would finally be shamed into recognizing non-white performers and non-white stories.
This was the year of #OscarsSoWhite, which revealed a voting body truly oblivious of its own, largely white, largely male privilege. This was the year the sole trans nominee (for the song “Manta Ray,” from the doc “Racing Extinction”) wasn’t even invited to the ceremony. This was, like any other year, a year of snubs, including Michael B. Jordan, Tessa Thompson and Ryan Coogler for “Creed,” more than a token one (namely screenplay) for “Straight Outta Compton” and, most annoyingly perhaps, young, adorbs Jacob Tremblay for “Room.”
But surely the Oscars’ biggest and best screwup was this: Before any discussion of race had gone down, no less than Chris Rock had already been announced as host.