Best Director: Guillermo Del Toro, The Shape of Water
Best Actor: Gary Oldman, Darkest Hour
Best Actress: Frances McDormand, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Best Supporting Actor: Sam Rockwell, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Best Supporting Actress: Allison Janney, I, Tonya
Best Adapted Screenplay: Call Me by Your Name
Best Original Screenplay: Get Out
Best Film Editing: Dunkirk
Best Sound Editing: Dunkirk
Best Sound Mixing: Dunkirk
Best Cinematography: Blade Runner 2049
Best Makeup and Hairstyling: Darkest Hour
Best Costume Design: Phantom Thread
Best Production Design: The Shape of Water
Best Original Score: The Shape of Water
Best Original Song: Remember Me, Coco
Best Visual Effects: Blade Runner 2049
Best Animated Feature: Coco
Best Foreign Language Film: Chile, A Fantastic Woman
Best Documentary Feature: Icarus
Best Documentary Short: Heaven is a Traffic Jam on the 405
Best Animated Short: Dear Basketball
Best Live Action Short: The Silent Child
But otherwise, I can't complain about any of these other winners. Even if several of them were not my absolute personal favorite of the categories, I'm happy for each of the men and women who took home their respective prizes.
Although the one thing I most want to talk about is the whole issue of diversity representation that of course everyone at the ceremony would not shut up about. Throughout last night, I was live tweeting about the ceremony, and several of the things I said included how the speakers were talking way too much about the lack of diversity in Hollywood, and how they needed to just get over it already. What really ticked my nerve though was when another Twitter user screen captured four of my tweets about my critiquing their voicing of diversity, and used it to accuse me of being racist. Here's where the real problem lies: it's not about representation in film that matters, it's the art.
Everyone kept celebrating how we finally have our first African American to win the screenwriting award, and we finally have our first woman cinematographer nominated, but in all honesty, why is that such a big deal? Yeah, I get that we have had an ugly history in the way we mistreated Black and women, but do we still need to give ourselves such a hard time about it? If you ask me, it's way more racist to say that somebody deserves to win/be nominated just because of the person's gender or skin color. How would you like it if somebody gave you a trophy just for breathing? That's exactly what's going on here. Concentrating on the individual rather than their skill is part of what's confusing art in this society. I'm not saying we should leave all Blacks and women out of the filmmaking industry, but rather we should treat then as equals with the other White men in Hollywood, and award them just like we would anybody else. The best way to move on from our ugly past is by showing fair, unbiased treatment that's not making White men look bad in comparison.
Yeah, it is possible to be racist towards White men. I'm not taking sides here at all, I just want equal treatment!
So, what's next? Well now, we can take a look at 2018. So far, this next year is looking like it'll be again all remakes, sequels and reboots. Although this next year looks much weaker than others, as I myself can't say that I'm excited for much any of them. Even Disney and Pixar are just churning out sequels to movies that never needed one! But at the same time, I just know there will be plenty of independent features that will be great, just like the last several years: the best movies are not the ones popular to the general public, they are the ones made by the smaller studios that actually have something important to say! So I hope that 2018 is not just a great year for you in the theaters, but a fulfilling year for you in all the blessings that will come your way, the new challenges you face, the new people you meet, and all the ways those moments will shape you into the new you!