This year, the 2022 Academy Awards wanted to increase their rating. The usual amount of star-studded entertainment was cut down to brief speeches by hostesses and thank you speeches. There were moments that made the evening worth mentioning.
Ukraine and the Brain
Naturally, there will be references to conflict occurring in Ukraine. The title screens and the ribbons are all references to Ukraine. Amy Schumer, the host wanted to let us know just how deeply she feels about Ukraine. Amy Schumer decided that it was a good time to inform the audience that the Ukraine is experiencing genocide and that trans and women are losing their rights. Schumer fell for it, as it was a force virtual signal.
“And there’s a genocide going on in the Ukraine,” Schumer said, beginning her virtue signal. And women losing their rights. And now please welcome last year’s winner. And Trans people.”
We can now add to Amy Schumer’s list of items she likes to steal.
Wanda Sykes provided the majority of the wakefulness of the evening. Although Sykes was subject to all manner of political jabs throughout the evening, none seemed outlandish. Earlier in the evening, Sykes took a swing at Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), but she then finished the intro by letting the people of Florida know they would be having a gay night. Get it? You can’t be gay, even though Florida’s bill isn’t clear on the matter and is clickbait.
Sykes and Regina Hall joined Sykes at the end to give out consolation prizes. Sykes hands an Oscar attendant a shredded ballot after she asks them about their opinions on Democracy. Sykes ought to get COVID tested as she was lacking in humor.
‘G.I Jane 2’
This wasn’t a woke moment, but it definitely started sending shockwaves across social media. Comedian Chris Rock made a joke about Jada Pinkett-Smith’s shaved head, claiming he couldn’t wait to see “G.I Jane 2,” and was met by husband Will Smith walking up on the stage and slapping Rock across the face.
Afterwards, Smith won his first Oscar for best actor in “King Richard” crying in his acceptance speech and apologizing to The Academy, not Chris Rock, for his behavior. Smith then referred to him as “acting like the crazy dad”. It was an odd situation, but it was the most interesting aspect of The Oscars.
If this happened every year, I’m pretty sure more people would tune into award shows.
Overall the Oscars didn’t seem as awake as it did last year. It seems concerns of declining ratings really did encourage a more streamlined show with little opportunity to virtue signal. We hope the show keeps the wakefulness to a minimum.