Last night.

Oscar winners, from top: Green Book (Best Film): Alfonso Cuarón (best Director – Roma); Olivia Coleman (Best Actress – The Favourite); Rami Malek (Best Actor- Bohemian Rhapsody)

Oscar 2019: Complete Winners List (Hollywood Reporter)


Pop singer Billy Porter arrives in a tuxedo ball gown.

As he is perfectly entitled to do.

Pics: Getty Images/AP



36 thoughts on “Favouritism

      1. Spaghetti Hoop

        Ah right, I see.
        Yet ‘gorm’ = blue…
        Anyway, call him by his name (@Gabby) ffs! I wouldn’t call Alfonso there ‘the white man’.

        1. Nigel

          The story is ‘black’ in Irish had negative connotations so out of sheer politeness they used ‘blue’ instead. Not sure how historically accurate that is, though.

    1. Daisy Chainsaw

      She’s nothing short of magnificent in it, along with her co stars, Emma Stone and Rachael Weisz, of course!

    1. millie st murderlark

      You’re just jealous you couldn’t work a ball gown like he can.

      None of us can, actually.

      1. Clampers Outside!

        I had a boss some time back, she thought I worked suspenders TOO well :)

        But yeah, don’t think I’d do that gown right.

      2. Gabby

        I’m sure you know how to dress to kill, millie. In some parts of Africa white people are described in local languages as pink (daoine bándearga) and they aren’t dismissing them as ‘pinko liberals’.

        1. millie st murderlark

          I wear nothing but a bazooka when dressing to kill.

          Can’t have folks getting confused now, can I?

          1. Gabby

            Millie: But surely you have to conceal the bazooka under a stunning broad black dress (guna iontach dubh) like that Oscars attendee is wearing?

          2. millie st murderlark

            Nah, I’m not ashamed of my bazooka. I display it proudly for all to see (and fear). I called it Jane in a moment of madness and poor taste.

  1. Eoin

    I gotta admit Malek and Coleman would have been my picks too. Fair play to both of them. Well deserved. Maybe the academy has finally gotten beyond politics and virtue signalling?

    1. Rob_G

      I’m not sure if I agree with your initial thesis of virtue signalling in the first place, but if one did, I am not certain how awarding the Best Actor oscar to a film about a gay Indian man from Africa who dies of AIDS would somehow not meet the ‘virtue signalling’ criteria…

      1. Starina

        tbh i feel like the Academy is still sort of blundering along…they think they’re doing the right thing by awarding the Queen film and the Green Book but like, one is a completely sanitised version of Freddie Mercury and the other is (by all the reviews I’ve read) an oversimplified white saviour film. So it actually does fall under the category of ‘virtue signalling’ for ONCE because they’re just making everyone feel safe and happy neoliberal fuzzy goodness rather than actually rewarding challenging art.

        Then again, it IS the Oscars. What do you expect.

          1. Frilly Keane

            What rot

            What did I miss
            Why’s everyone against the Green Book anyway
            I thought t’was a great fillum
            Mainly ’cause t’was sum’ting new
            Not road slash segregation
            Like Diving Ms Daisy got loads of Oscars

            Or even a bitta wise guy – ye don’t need a list of winners

            Anyway I liked it for a number of other reasons
            Viggo was playing a character type I hadn’t see him in before and I thought he was great
            And t’was a true story about two lads I’d never heard of

            Since everyone is an expert
            Gaga’s BAFTA (Best Song/ Score) was the first time since the inception of the awards 70 odd years ago that a Woman -even as a ‘co’ won in that category. Now I accept that there may well have been other women along the way but may not have been given the credit; but I was truly shocked that Gaga was the first in that category
            Insulted and mortified too
            Since I’ve a girl who still doesn’t believe me

            But anyway

            Am I alone?

            Anyone know what the story is with the Oscar crowd
            Who was the first woman, even as a ‘Co’ with a string of lads, to get an Oscars for best song/ music whatever
            Ye know what I mean

    2. Frilly Keane

      Neither were my picks Eoin
      But having watched both fillums
      And Boh Rap again last night
      I wouldn’t criticise the Academy nor begrudge either Coleman or Malek
      Definitely winner stuff from both

      Hugely disappointed Richard E didn’t get to go up on the stage but again, no arguments either

      Some great fillums in the Best Movie shortlist this year

      Personally I think Black47 deserved some presence
      Namely Stephen Rae
      But meself and Neil and others hope to be addressing that in the near future

      As we’d say
      There’s always next year

  2. Junkface

    The Bohemian Rhapsody movie was amazing! Really stunning performance from Rami Malek as Freddie, totally deserved winner. I can’t wait to see the Favourite.

    1. Spaghetti Hoop

      Both it and Green Book were ‘nice’ films, if terribly cliched. Roma was good. The Favourite I’ve yet to see.
      Vice was my movie of the year. Don’t care if it ‘only’ won costume and make-up. Oscar wins don’t reflect everyone’s taste – they are a closed vote. Some years are shockingly competitive (look at Best Pic nominations in 2011), some years a showboater movie sweeps the board – often unfairly so. I’m just happy that 2018 produced a lot of talent and some great stories and cinematography to pepper our dull little lives.

      1. Junkface

        I did not enjoy Roma. Another watch once then never again movie from Cuaron. It was beautifully shot, and the acting was very natural, but I am tired of movies with thread bare plots and barely any dialogue. You spend the whole movie waiting for something really interesting to happen and it never does.

        And whats all this about the Queen movie being sanitized? What exactly did critics expect? Full gay sex scenes with Freddie? They covered a lot of his debauchery and downward drug spiral in the movie, was it not enough?

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