I saw that film, the one that everyone thinks is wonderful and that got all the Oscars. Not only is it preposterous and juvenile, it is also boring. One of those where you say to yourself is it nearly over yet? that clock on the wall by the cinema screen - it just took five minutes to record a full half hour of elapsed time. Please God, is it nearly over yet? I'm not coming to t'pictures again. At least at home I can make a cup of tea or put something else on t'telly. Anything.
Fresh, zany and bizarre, the critics said. Oh yes? The hot dog fingers. I rest my case. Or my tin of hot dogs. Hamlet, it isn't. Of course, they say loftily, it is all a metaphor. No, its not. There are some that think slam dunk action and a lot of noise is all you need in a film. They generally tend to be in the 14 to 18 age bracket.
All that prize giving and adulation was, of course, political, nowt to do with merit and everything to do with ethnicity. And the Struggle. Which, I would suggest, is racist. Or at least patronising, in the Johnsonian sense - if ever a man needed a quick rubdown with a house brick -
“Sir, a woman's preaching is like a dog's walking on his hind legs. It is not done well; but you are surprised to find it done at all.” ― Samuel Johnson.
As is the fuss about Ruth E Carter, costumier, getting her second Oscar for clothing design for the film Black Panther Wakanda Forever, another kiddie's action film with super heroes from the Marvel Cinematic Universe. I used to read Marvel Comics when I was a teenager. Just saying.
She may be able to make stunning frocks and have invented Afro-Futurism clothing design, but she's a bit shaky when she strays away from her area of excellence. In her Oscar acceptance speech, she asked Chadwick Boseman to look after her mother, Mabel Carter, died age 101 of death, “this past week.” Boseman died in 2020 of cancer at 43. “This film prepared me for this moment. Chadwick, please take care of mom.” For fuck's sake.
The reason I've selected this particular flake out of the whole circus of flakes is that, for her, everything has to be about being Black.
Carter thanked the Academy for “recognizing the superhero that is a Black woman,” she said. “She endures, she loves, she overcomes.”