It was hard to accept that “La La Land” had lost and “Moonlight” won, but somewhere in between good intentions and studio hype, both films got a chance to share the (literal) stage.
And on a night that frequently ends up being about just one film — or one studio, or one auteur — Sunday night’s Academy Awards felt like they were a joyful, messy tribute to how revelatory and wonderful cinema can be, at its best and most ambitious. After the political firestorm that was this year’s Golden Globes, the Oscars began with a slightly tentative feeling.
A ninety-year-old retired scientist emails me regularly to offer his comments on the show, having read my analysis of the show in the Australian Review of Public Affairs.
Australia is by far the most enthusiastic audience for IYATO.
Not only has a series of Australian editions been repeated (it first screened in 2011, and then again in February 2016), but the whole show has also been phenomenally successful ever since it was bought by SBS in 2013, Australia’s national broadcaster dedicated to promoting multiculturalism.
The same anger and frustration at American politics was present, but seemed a little less explosive; it felt like everything that happened during the ceremony was political — with a bit more restraint and grace than from just a month or two ago.
Maybe Hollywood has reacted to the first turbulent month of Donald Trump’s presidency by beginning to focus on how to channel anger and frustration into the work they do best — telling stories.
If You Are the One (IYATO hereafter, or Feicheng Wurao in Chinese) is a hugely popular dating show from Jiangsu Satellite TV, a provincial Chinese television station based in Nanjing.