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Submitted: February 25, 2019

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The annual Oscar gala was held last night and, as usual, it was a night with mixed emotions. I personally didn't watch them live, since I didn't feel like getting up at 3 to watch something I could watch later while I drink my morning coffee. I wasn't all that surprised about anything, but I hadn't seen all the movies nominated, so I was mostly keeping an eye on the ones I had seen.

The Best picture award is the most anticipated one, and rightfully so. This year Green Book got the award and it was met with a lot of disappointment. It tells the story of a black man traveling to south with his driver, who is white. It's about racism in the southern states, but it's still a comedy and a story about friendship between two people beting racism. This is what caused a lot of people to feel uneasy about the light and easy approach to a serious problem. The title of the movie has also a deeper and darker meaning, as Green Book was a booklet in the 1900s that listed safe pit stops for African Americans on the road. 

One person especially pissed about the win, was Spike Lee, who had directed another movie dealing with racism, BlacKkKlansman, which takes a much more violent and straightforward approach to racism in the USA. He pretty much wanted to storm out of the room, and a lot of people seem to feel the same way. Lee's movie is also a lot more political, as it's an obvious display of criticism against Donald Trump and the current political situation in America. Therefore Green Book is also kind of a "safe" choice for the Academy. It deals with a current and serious issue, but it's not as politically divided. It is also a great movie when it comes to casting and the emotions featured. 

BlacKkKlansman did win the Oscar for best adapted screenplay, and Lee was about as happy as a clam. He gave a speech starting with the reminder that February is Black History Month, and telling a little about his family's history and achievements besides them being black. He went on to talk about how black people helped build America and also hinted about the cruel genocide of indigenous people by white people, reminding us that our past is a part of us, but we can learn from it. 

The end of the speech was a political one, about the elections next year. Lee said, "Let's all be on the right side of history. Make the moral choice between love versus hate. Let's do the right thing." He was met with standing ovation by the audience. The speech was moving, and of course it's going to be great to hear a speech from a black guy that directed the movie about racism, unlike Green Book, which was mostly put together by white people. 

I personally liked BlacKkKlansman a lot, because it's very clever with the hints about current political issues, but mostly because of the guy who played Felix, the Klan member in the movie, is a Finnish actor. Maybe I am a bit biased, but I like his movies and shows, and it's a big deal for a small country when one of the actors from there gets to be in a movie directed by Spike Lee. I liked Green Book as well, but if I had to choose, Green Book was not as good. 

What surprised me about this whole thing was Trump's reaction. He tweeted about Lee's poor speech, as it was a personal attack against Trump, when he has done so much for the African American population these past two years. Actually, the speech wasn't a "racist hit" against Trump, as much as it was against the overall political climate and Trump's acts against other minorities. We can't forget that Trump banned some people enterance to the country, just because of their nationality, most of those countries having a Muslim majoity. While Trump maybe personally isn't attacking black people, it happens a lot in the US nowadays by law enforcement and other people. His attitude towards Obama and the oh-so-funny accusation of Obama being from Kenya and therefore not being able to even be the president, is also something that might or might not have something to do with his skin color. Just a thought for you: do you think Trump would expect Bill Clinton to be from Kenya?

What was actually the funniest thing about Trump's rant, was how he dissed Lee for stuttering in his speech and having notes with him. The tweet started with "Be nice if..." and that sounds a little odd to someone who speaks English. Maybe Trump's autocorrect let him down and forgot to add "it'd" in the beginning. I'd personally like if Trump realized (it would) be nice if he used proper punctuation and didn't capitalize random words like unemployment, history and lowest. Those are not names, so maybe Trump should go back to elementary school to learn some grammar.


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