BY ‘SEGUN ODEJIMI
Despite the cries about The Academy being racist following the absence of blacks in the list of nominees for a second year running, Sunday’s Oscars is still the most anticipated event in the 2016 film awards calendar.
For Leonardo DiCaprio fans and many observers, confidence seems to be flowing that this will finally be the year the talented actor gets his hand on the gold statuette. The only real threat for him coming in the form of Eddie Redmayne‘s performance in The Danish Girl.
Even those who have threatened to boycott the ceremony are certain to keep an eye on it, even if to see how well – or not – it does after what has turned out to be the biggest uproar against racism The Academy has faced in recent times. Don’t forget that this year’s Oscars host is black and has referred to it as the white BET awards.
As we wait for February 28, here are a few things I’d like to see at the Oscars.
1. A Leonardo DiCaprio best actor win. This dude without an Oscar feels a bit like Arsene Wenger without a Champions League trophy – it isn’t because they aren’t good. DiCaprio has had some smashing acting performances in recent times. Think The Wolf of Wall Street; think Inception, and The Beach. You can’t discredit him in one of Quentin Tarantino‘s violence manuals, Django Unchained either. Let’s just watch him win so we can move on with our lives. Did you know some folks even came up with the Leonardo Dicapri-Olympics? It’s 14 reasons why he should win. And it’s hard to disagree with them.
2. A win for Alejandro González Iñárritu.
Alejandro caught my attention with what he did to/with Birdman. That film is not your regular box office monster. Neither is it particularly a movie you’ll choose see when you’re bored. In fact, I didn’t see it pre-2015 Oscars. But after I saw it, it was easy to see why he (and the film) did so well last year. It was an incredibly well-made film. Alejandro’s cinematography experiment was as daring as it was phenomenal. The Mexican has won the BAFTA, DGA and Golden Globes for The Revenant already. So, seeing him pick up the best director Oscar is one of the things I’m looking forward to on Sunday.
3. Chris Rock to carry on as if nothing happened.
We have made all the #OscarsSoWhite noise in the build up to the awards. However, that night, I want to see the host – Chris Rock – carry on with his job without throwing around unnecessary “racism” jibes. You’re black but you accepted to host. So, please in the name of Morgan Freeman’s voice, just get on with it and gives us all a night to remember.
4. Hilarious red carpet meme materials.
Lady Gaga, John Travolta and Scarlett Johansson amongst several others conspired to give us materials for some of the most ridiculous memes this planet has ever seen. We hope for more of the same this year. You guys are absolutely free to lose it once you step on the red carpet on Sunday. The world is counting on y’all!
5. Agu and Striker.
Well, this is almost impossible. But since Abraham Attah (Agu in Beasts of No Nation) is on the list of this year’s award presenters, you cannot blame me for wishing that he would step on stage flanked by the dude he partnered with to deliver one hell of a performance in the Cary Fukunga film.