Disappointing Oscars Fail To Grab The Limelight

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Written By Mohsen Salami

The Oscars 2019 have been and gone with little of the razzamatazz, glitter and controversy that marked the  annual event in other years.

With so many award shows floating around, the Oscars had to provide something special to steal the scene from the rest.

One of the biggest problems in recent years has been audience apathy, with TV viewers switching off the Hollywood glitz and glamour.

Oscars 2019 struck back with controversial backing for the underdog, no big name compere and a lack of controversy – plus some hideous fashion.

Many of the expected winners, like Glenn Close and Lady Gaga, fell by the wayside as lesser mortals took their chance to bask in the limelight.

Role reversal

Green Book won Oscars for best film, Mahershala Ali as best supporting actor and best original screenplay.

The decision proved divisive as critics accused the makers of merely reversing the roles from Driving Miss Daisy, where a black driver coped with the musings of a faltering older white lady in America’s Deep South.

Green Book is about the relationship between a white driver and a black jazz pianist.

Many also dissented when Green Book’s predominantly white production team took to the stage to celebrate winning their awards.

Straight after the ceremony, many of the leading men and ladies are back to work.

What’s next for the stars?

Olivia Colman is unlikely to reprise her best actress role The Favourite as she is shooting two back-to-back series of The Crown for Netflix, leaving her little time for other projects.

Best actor Rami Malek is winding up a fourth series of the Amazon series Mr Robot and will soon return to movie theatres as the voice of a gorilla in animated feature The Voyage of Doctor Doolittle.

Regina King, best supporting actress, is rehearsing for a role in the comic book superhero series Watchmen, while Mahershala Ali is resting and developing a script.

Spike Lee, who picked up the best adapted screenplay award for BlackKKlansman, jetted off to Thailand straight after the Oscars show to start filming Da 5 Bloods, a homage to black soldiers in the Vietnam War.

Full list of Oscar 2019 winners and nominations