Los Angeles .- The overwhelming performance of Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper defending the song “Shallow” of “A Star is Born” and a vindicating and exultant Spike Lee were the highlights of some agile and without presenter Oscar, with few memorable moments and with a lot of Hispanic presence.
These were the eight highlights of a ceremony with which the Hollywood Academy closed a fateful year after the announcement and cancellation of the Oscar to the best popular film or the idea, later withdrawn, to present some prizes during the advertising breaks:
1.- They aspired to star in one of the brightest moments of the Oscars and they did not disappoint. Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper embroidered “Shallow”, which would later win the Oscar for the best original song, with an extraordinary emotion and intensity in a performance of ten that, in addition, benefited from an ideal and very intimate staging.
2.- A big hug on the stage between Guillermo del Toro and Alfonso Cuarón, when he won the statuette for the best direction, symbolized a new triumph of Mexico in the Oscars with which Cuarón wanted to reclaim the rights of domestic workers today. the work of the actress Yalitza Aparicio, the first Indian to opt for the awards of the Hollywood Academy.
3.- “You can already speak in Spanish at the Oscars”, summarized the Mexican Diego Luna. And it is that in parallel to the phenomenon of “Rome” the Spanish had a great role at the Dolby Theater in Los Angeles at the hands of José Andrés or Javier Bardem, who said that the Cuarón film shows that “cinema includes, does not exclude “by sexual orientation, language or place of origin.
4.- “Tonight there is no presenter, there will be no popular movie award and Mexico will not pay the wall,” humorist Maya Rudolph, who along with Tina Fey and Amy Poehler presented the first prize and sighing many fans about what could have happened if this trio had been the Oscar ceremonies.
5 .- Much has been written about the absence of a presenter at the Oscars, after the resignation of Kevin Hart. In the end, the gala today was more agile and cut its length, although it again exceeded three hours, but lost some spontaneity and the traditional humorous darts provided by a conductor of the ceremony.
5.- The Oscars had never awarded Spike Lee and he celebrated today in style by taking the Oscar to the best screenplay adapted by “BlacKkKlansman”. He hung on to Samuel L. Jackson on stage, paid tribute to Prince in a purple suit and urged that Americans be “on the right side of history” in next year’s presidential election.
6 .- The curse of Spike Lee was resolved but not Glenn Close, who lost to Olivia Colman as best actress and now has seven nominations without winning. “Glenn, this is not what I wanted, you’re gorgeous, I love you,” Colman said onstage, almost apologizing for starring in one of the most shocking surprises of the night.
7.- Barbra Streisand claiming “the truth” as something precious in these times, Melissa McCarthy and Brian Tyree Henry with some eccentric outfits to present the Oscar to the best costumes, and Keegan-Michael Key coming down from the sky like Mary Poppins were other moments curious of a gala neither especially controversial nor especially entertaining.
8 .- Although for picturesque and fun, the celebration of the “End of Sentence Period” team, chosen as the best short documentary. “I can not believe that a film about menstruation just won an Oscar,” shouted director Rayka Zehtabchi. (USA), (EFE)