“And the best film of 2016 is La La Land,” said the stars of Bonny and Clyde, Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway, from the Dolby Theater. The team of the musical Damien Chazella has already lined up to get the coveted statuette, when suddenly a representative of Pricewaterhouse Coopers appeared on the scene (doing the vote counting) and stated that an error had occurred - in fact, the award goes to the moonlight drama Barry Jenkins. Later it turned out that Warren Beatty was handed an envelope in which was a piece with the name of the winner in the nomination “Best Actress” (it was Emma Stone for “La La Land”). Such an embarrassment occurred for the first time in the history of the Oscar.
The victory of "Moonlight" was a definite surprise for the viewer.. And not at all because the picture is unworthy - film critics took the film very positively, she received a number of significant film awards, including Golden Globe for the best drama. On the eve of the Oscars, the Moonlight ribbon was recognized as the best at the Independent Spirit Awards.She even managed to win the love overseas - received the award of the British independent film as the best foreign film.
But the undisputed favorite of film academics in the press called the musical “La-La Land” nominated for an Oscar in 14 nominations - a record after “Titanic”.The victory of "Moonlight", an almost complete antagonist of "La La Lendu", was not simply the result of a good script or workshop of the actors. The confrontation between these two paintings is a conflict between real and traditional America, between mud and drugs and bright colors mixed with traditional values. Looking deeper, this is a conflict between the liberals and the policies declared by the new head of state, Donald Trump.
The success of “La La Land” is largely dictated by its American tradition.This is a tape about the realization of the American dream - if you work hard, you can achieve the desired, even if it seems incredible. This is a picture of a beautiful man and woman who live according to the precepts of grandparents: a man must proudly go his own way, and a woman achieves success when she gets married.No problems with orientation, no superpowers, no gender problems. A beautiful picture, professional songs and dances, a plot with sadness - and, it would seem, a completely traditional film collects notices. With a budget of $ 30 million, La La Land collected almost $ 141 million in the US box office, and overall world fees amounted to about $ 369 million. However, out of 14 nominations, the picture won in six. The "Titanic", by the way, was 11.
Another thing "Moonlight". Last year, a scandal broke out at Oscar due to the fact that there was not a single African American among the nominees for the gold statuette. “Too White Oscar” - under this hashtag, thousands of Americans stigmated the film academy for their biased selection of nominees.
This year, the other extreme - in the "Moonlight" there is no white faceAnd dialogues abound "niggerskim" slang. Director Barry Jenkins stuffs his story of the growing-up of a black boy Sharon from the underprivileged Miami district with everything that the Americans shamefully prefer to hush up.. Here there is a bullying, racism, homophobia, a drug addict mother who sleeps with the first oncoming men for a dose, and youthful unrequited love,and a senior criminal mentor, and many other things called “acute social issues.”It was the concentration of all the vices of American society in one tape that allowed some critics to confidently bet on the victory of "Moonlight". They say that with such a set of film academics they simply have to reward the drama, and it’s not necessary to watch it at all. The tape was removed in just 25 days, and its budget was $ 5 million. At the same time, Lunny Svet earned $ 21.5 million. The plot of the film is based on the plot of the play by Tarel Alvin McCrany "In the moonlight, black guys seem sad." Pumped up macho, which turns into Sharon, pushes the drug, but remains alone and mentally unprotected.
It is noteworthy that during the award of the Independent Spirit Prize, actor Casey Affleck noted: “The policy of this presidential administration is terrible and will not last long. She is truly non-American. ” Journalists then noted that similar political sentiments will most certainly reign on the Oscars.
As it turned out, they were not mistaken. About the artistic value of the current winner can argue long. Someone notes that Jenkins' tape is very tight, that its finale is unclear, that the picture simply shows the three periods of maturation of the main character, without putting any serious questions to the audience and not pushing them to any actions.Others draw analogies with biblical stories, admire the way Jenkins conveyed the mental anguish of a well-bred boy who was crushed by the millstones of the social bottom. But the main message cited by film critics is that the American Film Academy has proved its commitment to liberal values. Thus, which today is not much held in high esteem of the new American government.