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  • Writer's pictureCharles Arrowsmith

Opinion: The Oscars 2018 (The Independent)

Updated: Mar 24, 2023

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"If BlacKkKlansman is Hollywood as it wants to see itself, Green Book is Hollywood as it really is. Victory for the white-made race relations comedy at last night’s Oscars makes sense less artistically than as a spiteful reality check. Never mind its scant artistry and relentless, almost uncanny mediocrity.

"Against favourites Roma and Bohemian Rhapsody, its win was a bizarre, upsetting end to an evening that had seemed, for the most part, ideologically “right on”. In fact, it was just the final joker in the pack of an Oscars season that saw the Academy in soul-searching mode: a season in which its organising body first proposed then withdrew a best popular film category; cancelled plans to award four technical categories during ad breaks; and rescinded its invitation to sometime homophobe Kevin Hart to host, leaving its presenter slot empty (an unanticipated blessing)."

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