The 2019 Academy Awards is right around the corner (this Sunday night to be exact), but should you be excited or worried? We at Ted Takes have a multitude of reasons for why this year's culmination of accomplishments in film and television is a joke and will surely fall flat on its face…
The infamous (sort of) firing of host Kevin Hart
Sure, technically Hart made the decision to walk away from the gig after he was asked to publicly apologize for some insensitive comments he made on Twitter YEARS ago. He made it very clear that he apologized on a number of occasions already and would not go down that road again, and I don't blame him one bit. In all honesty, he probably felt like hosting the show would put a target on his back because this day and age if you crack a joke it becomes something more than it is. I have an idea, leave the past in the past!! (aside from the rapists and murders finally getting brought to justice thanks to advancements in DNA technology, I am pro that for sure). Society is WAAAAAYYYYYY too sensitive these days, so toughen up people otherwise you can get used to a watered down version of entertainment that will surely put you to sleep after a few wine coolers.
Oscars OR A Political Forum?!
Many of the nominations are an absolute JOKE. Okay, so let me get this straight, Black Panther received a nomination for best picture, and is the first comic book movie to EVER receive the nomination. This of course includes Christopher Nolan's 2008 masterpiece The Dark Knight, starring none other than Oscar-winning actor Christian Bale. You have to be kidding me right?! Don't get me wrong, I genuinely enjoyed Black Panther and I actually saw the film in theaters three times, but a nominee for best picture? Nahh, that is just plain old fashioned insanity. I can think of probably 10 comic book movies more deserving of the nomination (neither would win), and that is ignoring my previous mention of The Dark Knight. This is not a category for sheer entertainment value - it is for films like Manchester by the Sea, or Moonlight, films that include Oscar-worthy performances, top-tier directorial talent, and the ability to really "reach" the viewers. Director Ryan Coogler, who I am admittedly a HUGE fan of, delivered on his promise of an entertaining film worthy of the Marvel name, but the acting is average at best, the soundtrack/score is fitting but far from groundbreaking (yet somehow it was also nominated for best original score AND Best Sound Mixing?!), and the overall impact on the viewer is fine but not exactly life-changing. Bottom line, Black Panther may have made over 1 billion dollars worldwide but it is NOT a masterpiece. If you say otherwise you are simply lying to yourself. Please, please, pleasseeeeeeee get the politics out of the Oscars and focus on what is supposed to matter - quality filmmaking.
We could go on and on but we'd prefer to spread out our need to offend people throughout the rest of 2019. Once Sunday night gets here, we may find ourselves watching re-runs of The Office instead of the 2019 Oscars purely out of principle (and of course the fact that the show is about as politically incorrect as you can get and we love it).
Will you be watching?! Share your thoughts with us in the comments.