Wednesday, March 30, 2022

Academy Awards 2022 -- March 30, 2022

So Saturday night we decided to watch CODA on Apple TV+. Sunday night, it won Best Picture at the Academy Awards. We enjoyed the movie, although the family's isolation seemed to be exaggerated.

The thing that people are still talking about took place earlier. Chris Rock was on stage to present the Best Documentary Feature award. Jada Pinkett Smith sat in the front row with her husband Will Smith. Her head was shaved because of alopecia. Rock made a stupid joke about her hair, and Will Smith climbed on stage and slapped him across the face. At first, I thought it was a gag, but the sound quickly cut out while Rock said something un-airable, and then the screen went black while Smith cursed at him. It seemed incredible that Will Smith received a standing ovation when he received the Best Actor award later on. I had mixed feelings. I like that Smith stood up for his wife, but violence is the wrong response. We later learned that someone from the Academy asked Smith to leave and he refused. Smith eventually apologized to Rock. The Academy is looking at ways to punish him. I suspect there will be a suspension. 

This mess took away from the film that won Best Documentary Feature, Questlove's Summer of Soul, about the 1969 Harlem Cultural Festival. I want to see it, but we do not have the Hulu streaming service.

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