The 91st Academy Awards came and went on Sunday, February 24. The show ran smoothly for the most part and ultimately benefited from not having a host as many other celebs were able to interject some hilarious comedy throughout the night (Melissa McCarthy, Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Maya Rudolph, etc).
There were also some major triumphs that happened over the 3-hour ceremony. Spike Lee won his first ever Oscar, Hannah Beachler became the first African-American woman to win (and be nominated) the Oscar for Best Production Design for Black Panther and Lady Gaga scored Oscar gold for Best Original Song.
There were also heartwarming speeches made throughout, especially Regina King, who thanked the late author James Baldwin for being the inspiration for the movie If Beale Street Could Talk (he wrote the novel for it in 1974). The film secured her the award for Best Supporting Actress.
One moment, however, I’m livid by. F***ing livid. And that was Glenn Close not winning Best Actress for The Wife. No, Gaga didn’t win. I knew she wasn’t going to win as her momentum in this category stalled a while ago. The winner, as many of you know by now, was Olivia Colman for her work in The Favourite.
Glenn won every single major award going into Sunday night. Olivia won at the Golden Globes but that was for Best Actress in a Motion Picture Comedy or Musical. This was Glenn’s year. There have been several years prior to this where it was her year (Fatal Attraction, Dangerous Liaisons), but I truly thought she would win this as her work in the film was beyond superb and kept me glued from the first moment she appeared on screen.
Olivia seemed shocked that she won. I was more focused on why in the hell she was wearing all that extra fabric on a Christmas-colored dress that only drew focus away from her speech as she kept moving it around. No shade… but shade. And there’s more coming from that.
I don’t, for the life of me, understand why The Academy consistently awards British period pieces. This has been an unfortunate pattern that has happened for years, and to me it makes the ceremony dreary and outdated. Was The Favourite great? Yes. Was Olivia funny? Sure. Did she deserve to win over Glenn or even Melissa McCarthy (Can You Ever Forgive Me) who has gotten zero award show love this season? No.
Glenn will have other chances in the future, no doubt, but it just seemed to be a big slap in the face to not give her the recognition that she’s deserved for decades in favor of a performance that lacked compared to hers.
This is the opinion of one contributing writer and not that of Instinct Magazine or other Contributing Writers.