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  • Dennis El Mar
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    Seriously, this annoyed the shit out of me when I was watching the Oscars ceremony. Back in the 80’s or 90’s, they would so rarely give standing ovations that it was special when an overdue veteran or a once-in-a-lifetime performance got one. But seriously, EVERY acting winner this year got a standing ovation? Why? If my memory serves me correctly, I think every major category besides OScreenplay got a standing ovation as well. I just don’t understand how each standing ovation by itself merited a standing ovation, and why they’re more common nowadays than in the past few decades.

    Just for posterity, here’s a list of all the acting winners since the 80’s that I can remember who got a standing ovation, correct me if I’m missing any:

    1980’s: Geraldine Page (1985), Don Ameche (1985), Cher (1987), Sean Connery (1987), Dustin Hoffman (1988), Daniel Day-Lewis (1989), Jessica Tandy (1989)

    1990’s: Anthony Hopkins (1991), Al Pacino (1992), Tom Hanks (1993), Tom Hanks (1994), Susan Sarandon (1995), Geoffrey Rush (1996), Frances McDormand (1996), Roberto Benigni (1998), Michael Caine (1999)

    2000’s: Denzel Washington (2001), Halle Berry (2001), Adrien Brody (2002), Sean Penn (2003), Jamie Foxx (2004), Morgan Freeman (2004), Kate Winslet (2008), Sean Penn (2008), Heath Ledger (2008), Sandra Bullock (2009), Jeff Bridges (2009), Mo’nique (2009)

    2010’s: Meryl Streep (2011), Octavia Spencer (2011), Christopher Plummer (2011), Jennifer Lawrence (2012), Daniel Day-Lewis (2012), Cate Blanchett (2013), Matthew McConaughey (2013), Lupita Nyong’o (2013), Julianne Moore (2014), Eddie Redmayne (2014), Leonardo DiCaprio (2015), Emma Stone (2016), Mahershala Ali (2016), Viola Davis (2016), Frances McDormand (2017), Gary Oldman (2017), Olivia Colman (2018), Rami Malek (2018), Mahershala Ali (2018), Regina King (2018)

     

    FYC: Mary Kay Place in Diane

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    BenNunis
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    It is called virtue signalling. It is to show that ‘here I am applauding something or someone because I am a good person’ . And, all it takes is two or three people to stand up and applaud and others will follow suit. Otherwise, you might look like a bigot if others are standing and you are sitting.

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    kellis
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    It’s because most of them are tools.

    “No user starts this shady” - someone culturally relevant.

    Also got banned because...reasons? So, I guess ciao.

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    Joe Burns
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    The sheep mentality creates a wave of popular support and yes Ben is right about the domino effect- a couple start to do it and then eventually everyone else follows.

    J.K. Simmons almost got a full one but not enough people followed suit.Patricia Arquette pretty much got one although not EVERYBODY stood up in time.

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    Most of them don’t wanna look bad with the nominees or seem bitter so stand or follow for what the consensus is (unless you’re Isabelle Huppert and admit you hate Emma Stone’s performance). Lots of that have to do with the likability of the movie or the nominee itself. This year these likable ones were Black Panther for being important culturally, Gaga for winning right after her performance, Spike Lee for being overdue, Alfonso Cuaron for doing everything in his movie, the acting winners were all respected among their peers and seem to be personally friendly with them (the Octavia Spencer factor).

    And it depends on the energy of the room on the specific night. Also, it’s more likely to stand more to latter half of the evening when most of them are tired of seating. Last year they took a while until standing up; in 2016 ceremony they looked pissed as hell since they only stood up for Leo because the whole night was about this and all remained seated when Spotlight won BEST PICTURE LOL. but then in 2015 they stood for Adapted Screenplay to a random young screenwriter that then gave a fantastic speech that its won deserved its standing ovation.

    FYC: Invisible Life (Brazil) for Best International Film and Best Supporting Actress (Fernanda Montenegro)

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    RobertPius
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    Standing ovations have become mandatory for some odd reason. If you see a Broadway show everyone stands automatically nowadays. Even on talk shows. I think Jay Leno started it. When he took over The Tonight Show they’d stand for every guest. It used to be reserved for legends like Bob Hope or Bette Davis. I guess it is part of the everyone gets a trophy mentality. (except Glenn!)

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    SHT L
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    I remember back in the old days, I read when the Shine people tried to get a standing ovation going for Geoffrey Rush’s win but most of the auditorium stayed sitting down. Nowadays standing ovations just happen. I think people like being part of the wave of enthusiasm even if they don’t particularly feel it.

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    EsOS
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    unless you’re Isabelle Huppert and admit you hate Emma Stone’s performance

    …. did she really say that?

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    JGibson
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    …. did she really say that?

    No, she was just bitter when she lost and didn’t stand or clap to Emma besides everyone doing so. Didn’t follow the hive like the acting losers usually do

    FYC: Invisible Life (Brazil) for Best International Film and Best Supporting Actress (Fernanda Montenegro)

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    Dan Jo
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    There are people in the audience who stand up but do not clapping at all. I remember David Fincher stand up for Kate Winslet but not clapping.

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    BenNunis
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    There are people in the audience who stand up but do not clapping at all. I remember David Fincher stand up for Kate Winslet but not clapping.

    So which is more respectful: standing and not clapping, or sitting and clapping? The former is almost a peer pressure thing, in my opinion.

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