<b><p></b> <b><p></b> <b>me, before the ocars:</b> okay I promise myself if lin does not win that award I will not overreact<p/><b>me, after the oscars:</b> <i>arE YOU FUCKING KIDDING ME</i><p/></p><p/></p><p/></p>
Okay, but why didn’t Moana win anything????? It’s a cinematic masterpiece that perfectly captures Polynesian culture, something that isn’t seen in mainstream media. It’s songs held meaning and we’re powerful, especially ‘How Far I’ll Go’, you can honestly hear Auli'i pour her heart into it. How the shits did 'City of Stars’ beat Moana?? The song itself was bland. It’s like what, a 5 note chord progression, and the lyrics talk about making it in Hollywood show business? I can see how that’s relatable to struggling actors, but that’s about it. 'How Far I’ll Go’ was Moana dealing with the image being that perfect daughter, something that was expected out of her by her parents and her community, she goes on in the song to question why she’s supposed to fit this mold that’s been cast for her, and shedding light on what she feels drawn to and passionate about. HOW DOES THIS:
“City of stars
Just one thing everybody wants
There in the bars
And through the smokescreen of the crowded restaurants”
WIN OVER THIS:
“I can lead with pride, I can make us strong
I’ll be satisfied if I play along
But the voice inside sings a different song
What is wrong with me?
I’m so fucking heated over this, and if anyone wants to disagree with me go right ahead. Disagree but I’m not listening and I don’t give a flying fucking shit.
**sidenote, dont get me wrong I loved la la land, but I still feel like Moana did better when it came down to song
I am so angry for the fact that “How Far I’ll Go” didn’t win as best song, and not only because Lin was the author.
Let’s start from the fact that it is getting so much success, like they pass it on the radio all the time, and people love it; even if it’s not Auli’s version but the other one which is great as well. Then, we have the theme, which is UNIVERSAL. You could substitute the being at the edge of the water, staring at the horizon with anything else and it will work, because it perfectly describes what a young person feels while growing up. It is so relatable and has a fantastic message.
I mean, shouldn’t the “best song” send a message to people? I don’t know you, but every time I listen to it, this song speaks to my soul. It put in music what I feel and holds all the insecurities that we feel as young adult. We don’t know how far we’ll go, but if we listen to that voice inside us, we might know, or get an answer. “How Far I’ll Go” tells you to follow your dreams and do your best, try to be successful, but if you aren’t it doesn’t matter, because you tried and were close to make it.
I don’t know which criteria they follow to give the Best Song Oscar, but I think that the message alone should’ve gotten one, not only a mere nomination, which is a lot too.
Instead, they gave the price to “City of Stars” which is a good song too, but it holds a poor message. It is about a city, Los Angeles, or Hollywood to be more specific; the places where your dreams become true, that holds millions of lights and restaurants and people and music and it’s just magic.
What does it tell you? Nothing. It tells you “hey, go to that city. Your dreams will come true”. In my opinion, it’s a poor subject. Yes, the music is really pretty and even if you listen to it once you’ll sing along.
I find it sad, on one side, we have a song that is in a children movie, that teaches to be your own person and follow your heart, because you will go big, and if you don’t succeed, it’s ok. At least you tried. And on the other, we have a film about success, about showbiz once again. A really pretty film, with catchy songs. But that is, in my opinion, not Oscar material and a bit poor in content. I am not saying it wasn’t good, because it was and Chazelle did an amazing job, he is really good. But this movie, who got success everywhere and is so loved, wasn’t in my opinion Oscar material. There were other movies, like Lion or Moonlight or Manchester by the Sea, to give some titles, that could’ve scored the same number of nominations and even more.
I don’t want to be the alternative, throwing shades on La La Land, because I liked it. I’m just saying that I don’t get all the success it has got, since there were other films that deserved the same amount of success and got shaded by the light on the umpteenth film about Hollywood.
And to add a personal thought: Lin Manuel Miranda had to win because he deserves to be MacPEGOT.
I don’t get why suddenly there is all this hate for La La Land? Everyone seemed to love the movie a month ago … Yes, I have seen both La La Land & Moonlight.I prefer La La Land. I don’t however think it was pleasant to witness that mistake onstage and see the awards being snatched from La La Land cast and given to Moonlight when it could have been avoided and Moonlight cast & crew could have had proper speech time. Moonlight is a good movie and I can see how it is currently more relevant judging by what’s going on in the world. But this in no way means that La La Land shoud be hated. They are two very different films, people have invested a lot of work in both of them. Loving both is also an option you know.