Hollywood’s largest night time shortly become Hollywood’s largest political marketing campaign.
Oscars 2022 co-hosts Amy Schumer, Regina Hall and Wanda Sykes began off the three-hour telecast with jokes about gender discrimination, variety, political divisions and homophobia.
“This year, the Academy hired three women to host because it’s cheaper than hiring one man,” Schumer quipped because the comedians welcomed viewers.
Sykes then took a shot at Senate minority chief Mitch McConnell with a joke about “toxic masculinity” earlier than she and Hall ganged up towards Schumer to dam her from Black Twitter.
The trio ended the opening monologue with the three ladies chanting “Gay, gay, gay!”
“We’re going to have a great night, and for you folks in Florida, we’re going to have a gay night! Gay, gay gay!” Sykes jeered.
The actress was referring to Florida’s controversial Parental Rights in Education invoice, which prohibits classes about gender or sexuality at school between kindergarten and third grade, which critics check with because the “Don’t Say Gay” invoice.
Ariana DeBose received greatest supporting actress, being the second girl to win for the function of Anita in “West Side Story.” DeBose who’s Black, Latina and white, is now the primary overtly queer girl of coloration to win for her appearing, and the one one to be nominated, took the moment to acknowledge her historic win.
“To anybody who has ever questioned your identity … I promise you this, there is indeed a place for us.”
Producers have been reportedly skeptical about taking a political stance on the awards present and deliberate to maintain the present upbeat whereas acknowledging the disaster in Ukraine, which has killed 1000’s and displaced tens of millions.
“This is a really [momentous] time in humankind history, and we’re very aware of that. And so you don’t go into a show like this, I don’t think, and not be aware of that and not find a way to respectfully acknowledge where we are and how fortunate we are to even be able to put on this show,” the present’s government producer, Will Packer, stated in a press convention.
Making an applicable connection, Ben Proudfoot known as on President Joe Biden to “bring Brittney Griner home” as he accepted the Oscar for Best Documentary Short for steering “The Queen of Basketball,” which tells the story of Lusia “Lucy” Harris — a Black athlete extensively thought-about to be one of the pioneers of ladies’s basketball.
“It’s really, really strange to be here in tuxedos, knowing what’s going on in Ukraine,” stated “Power of the Dog” producer Emile Sherman. “It’s not an easy time trying to absorb what’s happening in that part of the world, while still celebrating the achievements of everyone who made this movie and all the movies here tonight.”
Actress Mila Kunis, who was born in Ukraine, didn’t point out her homeland by identify however spoke of the devastation of “recent global events” as she launched “Somehow You Do,” carried out by Reba McEntire from “Four Good Days.”
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“Recent global events have left many events feeling gutted,” Kunis stated in a solemn moment. “Yet when you witness the strength and dignity of those facing such devastation, it’s impossible not to be moved.”
The Academy took a stand of solidarity with Ukraine in a moment of silence following McEntire’s efficiency of her greatest authentic tune nominee.
“We’d like to have a moment of silence to show our support for the people of Ukraine currently facing invasion, conflict and prejudice within their borders,” learn an on-screen message to the worldwide viewers. “While film is an important avenue for us to express our humanity in times of conflict, the reality is millions of families in Ukraine need food, medical care, clean water, and emergency services. Resources are scarce and we — collectively as a global community — can do more.”