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on the Oscars

The Academy Awards held its 91st Oscars Sunday, Feb. 24. The show ran smoothly, even without a host, which the procession has had for the past 30 years.

Moments after the show ended, however, a storm erupted on Twitter. Many controversies weaved throughout the movies, directors and actors behind the scenes arose or added fire.

When “BlacKkKlansman” won best adapted screenplay, director Spike Lee made a powerful and politically charged speech.

Lee opened his speech by discussing slavery and his family’s experiences of it. “I give praise to our ancestors, who have built this country into what it is today along with the genocide of the native people,” he said. “It will be a powerful movement. The 2020 presidential election is around the corner,” Lee said. “Let’s all mobilize. Let’s all be on the right side of history. Make the moral choice between love versus hate.”



On Monday, President Donald Trump tweeted, saying Lee needed to fact-check himself on all the president has done for African-Americans.



Additionally, when “Green Book” took Best Picture, Lee was noticeably upset and tried to leave the Dolby Theatre. Some viewers at home also disagreed with the outcome, upset that “Green Book” was coined as a great movie for showing improvement of black representation in films when other movies had better representation.




“Green Book” brought more controversy throughout the night. A 2015 tweet from the movie’s writer Nick Vallelonga resurfaced. The message contained a  false, Islamophobic statement.



Hear from students:

“I think the actual artistic value of the movie cannot be diminished by whatever the creators have done; however its place in like awards should maybe be shifted because the award isn’t just recognising the movie but it’s also recognising the people who created it, so if we give problematic people awards then we are recognising a problematic person for being good. I think that’s kind of sketchy, but of course I don’t know much of the controversies surrounding the movie so I don’t know if it applies to [Greenbook]." - James Glaser, junior
"The content of the film is important to judge, but I don’t think what they do outside of that, especially for the academy awards, should play a part because the entire purpose is that you’re looking at the film, not the people outside of the film. Maybe for like more specific awards like director awards they can look into that, but for the overall film, I don’t think so. [However], I feel like there were a lot more films that were done better, had a stronger plot and had a better message than the “Green Book” such as like “Blackkklansman,” “Roma” and honestly even Black Panther. I feel like the Green Book is also not a great message for today because it’s a very classic idea of race relations through a white man and a black man and like getting over their divide. It’s not really a modern representation of racial issues in our country." - Ellie Carver-Horner, sophomore
“You can’t take away the artists behind something from the thing they have created, yet you should still be able to appreciate what the message of the art was if it was unrelated to the thing. None of them are advocating for genocide or anything, so like it’s ok to buy the ‘Green Book’ on DVD because although they might be a little bit racist, they aren’t actively doing anything [terribly wrong]." - John Hassett, junior
“I think it should be judged by just the movie and not really the people who made it because it is the best picture award not how the movie was made. I think it did deserve to win because there was a really good soundtrack. The actors were really good, and everyone was really talented in it. It showed a lot of diversity and the struggles of the past and really brought those to the air.” - Lauren Munns, sophomore

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