Best Picture Should WinBlacKkKlansman Will WinRoma Did WinGreen Book Well, it's not Roma, at least. But seriously?!
Green Book, while a fine film, seems a bit safe too. I think the votes were possibly split among so many other (too many other) nominees and this movie flew up the middle to win. Ever since they went beyond five Best Picture nominees all the winners have been unexpected and not necessarily the favourite...pun intended.
If the best movie isn't going to win the Oscar, then I'd prefer if a bad movie wins it. No, really. At least then the anger would be a little more justified. I'm not saying we can't disagree with the Academy's choices but, when that happens, people tend to focus on the winner's flaws in order to explain why it doesn't deserve to win to the point where they ignore the strengths. They talk about it like it was a bad movie. It happened with SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE, CRASH, THE ARTIST, etc... Now it's happening with GREEN BOOK. However, when all it's said and done, they're good movies. Not flawless, but good. GREEN BOOK in particular did some things to transcend the sub-genre's tropes, but most people don't seem to notice it, based on comments I've read, especially those that compare it to other movies about racism (not just the ones that were nominated). What a shame.
I always appreciate when the Academy does things to acknowledge great movies that weren't nominated. It's a way to shut up those that say "My favorite movie was snubbed, so the voters probably didn't see it." This time, the ceremony opened with a montage of most 2018 movies. There were presenters who starred in critically aclaimed movies that won awards from other organizations. Even BIRD BOX (a popular movie that wasn't even close to being among the best) got a shout out! They also did that thing where a scene from an old movie is shown right before the actors in it appear on stage (as a reunion) but, for the 1st time ever(?), it wasn't an Oscar nominated/winning movie, but rather a cult classic.
The ceremony's pacing didn't suffer due to the lack of a host, but so many winners clearly didn't rehearse their speeches. Because of this, the ceremony ended up being as long as usual. The jokes and bits ranged from funny (Tina Fey, Amy Poehler and Maya Rudolph; Brian Tyree Henry and Melissa McCarthy) to eye-rolling (Emilia Clarke; Danai Gurira and James McAvoy). I was intending to propose Barbra Streisand and Spike Lee as hosts for next year, until I read that he complained about losing Best Picture... even though he won Best Adapted Screenplay. What kind of attitude is that?
The worst thing an award show can be is predictable and boring, so decisions like the ones for the performance of SHALLOW were creative. From the way it was filmed to Bradley and Gaga going up to the stage without anyone introducing them, feeling almost like a surprise. I didn't like WHEN A COWBOY TRADES HIS SPURS FOR WINGS, though. Unlike the movie version, the rhythm was slower and there was no harmonica. David Rawlings and Gillian Welch may have better singing voices than Tim Blake Nelson, but they didn't put the same emotion into the song that only an actor can do.