Surprisingly, it was The Shape of Water that took the big prize this year’s Academy Awards ceremonies.
I haven’t seen the movie, but I’m sure it must be the compelling story of a Langley politician’s backbone when facing down a developer.
It was a close call. A lot of folks here were rooting for The Post, a pseudo-documentary that spotlights a federal representative from Langley. It’s the story of the role played in Ottawa by average Members of Parliament from ridings that would elect a fence post, if it had the right political affiliation.
It was no surprise, however, when the Oscar for the Best Actor in a Supporting Role went to Andy Weaver for his part in Get Out, the political thriller detailing Christie Clark’s final days as the premier of BC.
Nevertheless, it should be said that Darryl Plecas gave him some some stiff opposition for the supporting Oscar in Darkest Hour, a shocker that took an unusual view of the same subject matter.
In any case, politicians on both ends of the spectrum are holding their breaths in anticipation of a possible Get Out sequel this year, depending on how eager Weaver is to reprise his role. Currently, it appears that he is content to keep working on what he hopes will be an ongoing project, Three Greens Inside Victoria, British Columbia.
Although Clark wasn’t nominated for her leading role in Get Out, even her staunchest critics will agree that she brought down the house during her stirring – although somewhat confusing – climactic scene in which she boldly confronted co-star Johnny Horgan with her Call Me By Your Name tap dance number.
The winner of the Oscar for Best Actress in an Unsupporting Role is a no-brainer: Kim Richter’s portrayal of a Langley Township Councillor who has started a long journey to the mayor’s office set the tone for Mudbound.
In the Best Actress category, Melania Trump showed that she is capable of taking on any role for All the Money in the World, but Sarah Huckabee Sanders took the prize with her demanding performance alongside The Disaster Artist.
And Best Actor Justin Trudeau seemed effortless as he twisted electoral reform, environmental concerns, and other promises into a Phantom Thread.
We can’t close this down without at least mentioning the Animated Feature Film category and Donald Trump’s cartoonish portrayal in Boss Baby.