Its yet another award season and gone are the days when fashion, what or who you are wearing would be talking points headlining or at times, making it on magazine front pages.
Diversity and inclusivity topics have again resurfaced on the red carpet. Suffice to say that feminism also took center stage on mainstream as well as social media conversations.
All the grits and glamour aside, this year’s Grammy’s, BAFTAs and Oscars were nothing short of drama, controversy and surprises.
However, the tragic death of Kobe Bryant the Black Mamba not only shocked the world but also overwhelmingly overshadowed this year’s biggest awards in music, the 62nd Grammy’s.
Kobe, 41, died along with eight others including his 13 year old daughter, Gianna in a helicopter crash hours before the Grammys which coincidentally took place at Staples Center, Los Angeles.
Despite the BAFTAs being labelled “All White”, the 2019 Oscars were rather different with frontrunners including the war movie 1917, South Korean satirical drama Parasite and Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon A Time In Hollywood.
For the first time in history, a foreign language film, South Korean movie, Parasite won at the Oscars. It became the first movie with subtitles to win best picture, best international feature, best original screenplay and best director beating Hollywood favorites Quentin Tarantino and Martin Scorsese.
Despite Brad Pitt and Jacquine Phoenix winning their first Oscars, by and large, Parasite shocked Hollywood and the movie industry worldwide.
Diversity and inclusivity is warm heartedly welcome, above all history is being made.
But, are the awards being fair? Are the awards truly reflect creativity on the ground? Are they not frustrating the truly deserving hard working, non racist, non sexist, talented artists? These are critical questions that need to be addressed with careful scrutiny.
With The Academy, organizers of the Oscars comprised of 80 percent white people and 60 percent male, diversity and inclusivity, in previous decades, seemed to be a toll order. Fast forward to 2020, considering the latest developments inspired by respective movements in Hollywood, the dream seems achievable.