The Oscar’s had one glaring embarrassing moment Sunday evening, and no, it wasn’t the obnoxious length of the telecast.
When Alejandro González Iñárritu won his award for Best Director for “The Revenent” he began his speech with the average thank yous and nods for support, but just at the moment that he began his plea to the Academy and the American public to continue the conversation about racial equality, the band began to play him off with Flight of the Valkyries.
It was an embarrassment. Especially during this year of intense and necessary conversation about racial equality in Hollywood. Especially during a telecast that highlighted that conversation in a delightfully uncomfortable way. This was a backhanded slap in the face of Hollywood equality.
Here a person of a different culture wins a prestigious award, and wants to share wisdom about the relevant conversation… had I been the producer, I’d have cut the music immediately and given him the floor for as long as he needed. It’s not like they were worried about conserving time.
But then, to add insult to injury, when Leonardo DiCaprio won Best Actor for the very same movie, his speech went on and on and on with a political agenda that went uninterrupted. No embarrassing musical interlude for this lengthy speech.