Oscars diverse despite controversy


Rachael Vacanti

The Oscars: the golden statues, designer dresses, a long red carpet and the most pristine awards show ever. Despite the uproar of #OscarsSoWhite, a hashtag that touched on the lack of minority actors nominated, the show was actually rather diverse in other matters.

Black comedian Chris Rock hosted the event, and he dealt with the elephant in the room that was the lack of diversity by acknowledging that it existed. He then proceeded to make fun of it, but in a historically accurate way.

In addition, several parts of the show were diverse in other areas. Actors and actresses came from all different countries. While dominated by Americans, there were a few other nationalities represented: Eddie Redmayne is British, Alicia Vikander is Swedish and Saoirse Ronan is Irish-American. Sam Smith is openly gay, the president of the entire Academy of Motion Picture of Arts and Sciences is a black woman and Lady Gaga gave a killer performance of “‘Til it Happens To You,” a song about sexual abuse on college campuses.

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“The Revenant” led the nominations with a dozen nominations, followed closely by “Mad Max: Fury Road” with 10. However, it was the latter that dominated the night, taking home six Oscars.

It wasn’t just action movies that won big this year. “Spotlight,” nominated for six Oscars, took home both best original screen-play and best picture – not bad for a controversial investigative journalism movie. “The Danish Girl” was a film 15 years in production that covered the first gender reassignment surgery, once a very taboo topic and still uncomfortable for most people even today. “Brooklyn” showed the difficulties of being an immigrant.

“The Big Short” put the housing crisis in perspective and did a great job at explaining it. “Room” dealt with child psychology and “Inside Out” took a look at how emotions can run wild and just how complex the human brain really is.