Mister Tee wrote:
So: the Moonlight upset (as apart from the fuck-up heard round the world). Sabin asked below if it was the greatest upset ever. I’ve always thought the Bob Fosse win in 1972 was the single greatest upset I’ve ever encountered – The Godfather had become the all-time box-office champ (which then often led to Oscars), had been massively critically-acclaimed, had won the Globe and DGA, then the reigning precursors. There seemed no reason in the world to doubt the film would win picture/director with ease – Fosse even said all his friends were consoling him pre-presentations for picking the one year when it was impossible for him to win. But that was a night a bit like this: though The Godfather was seen as the heavy favorite, it wasn’t picking up important awards along the way: Cabaret already had 6 prizes to The Godfather’s zero by the time best director came along. So, kind of like last night, the Fosse win that had seemed impossible at the night’s start got to feel more probable as the hours passed.
Yes, but you must answer! Which one was the greater upset?
ADDED: The class act of the night award has to go to the producer of La La Land, who handled a moment where he must have felt like he'd died inside with Hemingway-would-approve grace under pressure.
This is true but I think people are getting carried away with all the fawning. The Washington Post's headline reads "‘La La Land’ producer Jordan Horowitz is the truth-teller we need right now". The Boston Globe tweeted "Every generation needs a hero, and 36-year-old 'La La Land' producer Jordan Horowitz might just be ours." Overboard much? He was just being a grown-up, a gentleman (although that's rare enough in this day and age). He handled a very tough situation with great poise, and good for him. I liked how he handled it. But lets not forget Barry Jenkins? He was just as much the gentleman, equally classy and generous, both on the broadcast and during the backstage interview. And he came across as a really nice person to me. I wish he received more attention.
And Jimmy Kimmel deserves praise, too. Other hosts might have awkwardly bumbled not knowing what to do, but he did a great job keeping the situation under control. He didn't try to gloss over the situation, he found the appropriate humor, etc. In other words, he was a true host, and that's the reason why he succeeded last night. I don't always like Kimmel. When a joke doesn't quite work, he comes across as too mean-spirited to me, and that happened several times last night. But there's something about the Academy Awards format that utterly pulverizes most hosts, takes control of them instead of the other way around. They often seem to be in over their heads. But Kimmel was clearly in command all night. He didn't mug, he didn't show any nervousness, and I was impressed with what a quick thinker he was. When something wasn't succeeding, he knew how to talk his way past it. I really hope the network looks more at the good reviews than at the poor ratings, because he's earned another chance.
It also helped that the producers trimmed a lot of the fat from the program as well. This was as well-paced a broadcast as I've ever seen. Yes, it had its dry patches, but what Oscar broadcast doesn't have them? I'll go further: is it possible this was the best Academy Awards show in the past 20 years?