After Oscars: Editors explain upsets & wins

“I think we’re all baffled by this.”

“I wish I knew [how to explain it].”

“I was devastated when that envelope was opened.”

“I can explain away some things, but I don’t understand that one.”

That’s what some of our editors said in our post-Oscars slugfest (watch above) about Olivia Colman‘s shocking Best Actress upset over Glenn Close (“The Wife”). Heavily favored and armed with every major precursor except the BAFTA, which Colman won for “The Favourite,” Close felt like a shoo-in to take home her first little gold man on her seventh nomination, and her loss is still a head-scratcher for many.

“For people like us that rely on campaigning and interviews, Olivia Colman is not of the stature of, say, a Frances McDormand or a Christian Bale to not run a campaign, and she ran zero campaign and still won,” Chris Beachum said in our slugfest with Tom O’Neil, Marcus James Dixon, Daniel Montgomery, Susan Wloszczyna and myself. And Glenn ran a great campaign, I thought.”

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Wloszczyna thinks Close was hurt by her film being weak overall; hers was “The Wife”‘s only nomination. “‘The Favourite’ had 10 nominations,” she pointed out. “I don’t know if people watched ‘The Wife.'”

Still, the potential win was viewed as an overdue victory for Close; however, Montgomery believes that narrative might’ve worked against her. “When you have this many nominations without a win, you’re competing not just against your fellow nominees; you’re competing against your past nominations,” he said. “[Voters might be saying] ‘Is ‘The Wife’ going to be the movie we give her an Oscar for?'”

The other upset, though not as huge, was “Green Book” snatching Best Picture from odds-on favorite “Roma.” Despite the criticism of its handling of race and various controversies — from the real Don Shirley‘s family being upset at not having been consulted to co-writer Nick Vallelonga‘s old Islamphobic tweet — it overcame them all to take home three awards, Best Supporting Actor for Mahershala Ali and Best Original Screenplay being the others. That haul, matched by “Black Panther” and “Roma,” were second only to four-time champ “Bohemian Rhapsody,” another heavily criticized film beset with its own controversies.

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“There was a theme in the results across the board, which was, ‘Screw you’ to the blogosphere. ‘You don’t like ‘Green Book’? Too bad! Best Picture, Best Screenplay. And I think we all knew when it won screenplay that suddenly … Best Picture was very real,” O’Neil said. “This was an Oscars for the traditionalists.”

While it was obvious “Green Book,” which was second in our odds, would play well on a preferential ballot, the thing that held Beachum back from predicting it was Peter Farrelly’s Best Director snub. Alfonso Cuaron (“Roma”) won Best Director, which means we’ve had five picture/director splits in the last seven years.

“That directing snub really was bugging me and I just wouldn’t pull the trigger because of that,” Beachum said. “But I think the one thing we’ve learned with at least 2,000 more members in the past couple of years and more international members, and next year will be an even smaller window of time for voting, rules don’t necessarily matter as much as they used to. … Every year, we’re breaking some kind of rule.”

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7 thoughts on “After Oscars: Editors explain upsets & wins”

  1. Did anyone notice that not a single presenter mentioned Jussie’s fake hoax in Chicago? It seems when their own is caught in a scandal, one which they originally defended, he Hollyweidos prefer to just ignore the whole thing. Rest assured if it was something connected with President Trump or a Republican, they wouldn’t be able to keep their mouths shut. Also, seems that the Fake media has just looked the other way insofar as that Pose actor showing up in a tux gown. I noticed the shocked stares from the crowd when he was on camera, but hey, that’s just Hollyweirds way of accepting any and everything as long as it has nothing to do with conservatism.

  2. I think this year’s Best Actress nominees is among the weakest in recent years and if you talk about Olivia Colman’s win, it is definitely the weakest across all recent years. But she is still better than the others. I think she inch out Lady Gaga by a bit in terms of experience in acting.

  3. Green Book is a great film but did not do its due diligence and therefore receive a backlash considering race relations is such a sensitive topic in America.

    This is unlike Bohemian Rhapsody where the original Queen members personally endorse the changes in the storyline and the movie deals with rock legend who can re-write any which way their personal story they want with lesser impact as long as it is entertaining and coherent. Brian May knows what he is doing.

  4. Roma is just like The Artist. Film editing and screenplay are not their strong points. But The Artist at least has a strong actor in it who won Best Actor and that carry the film through.

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