Let’s start off by congratulating the The Academy Awards for announcing all the correct winners this year… Okay, moving on.
The 2018 Oscars, was the 90th edition of the Academy Awards Ceremony, commemorating the year’s best pictures, held in Hollywood, USA.
Of course, an array of awards were celebrated and taken home by the industry’s biggest stars. However, in terms of Hip Hop culture, there is a couple of great wins and moments that we’d like to highlight.
First and foremost, a special congratulations to Kobe Bryant and his team (not the Lakers) for winning the Oscar for ‘Best Animated Short Film’ - Dear Basketball. A short film based on a poem he wrote in 2015 announcing his impending retirement from basketball.
The five-time NBA champion accepted his award in disbelief, looking at the trophy again and again to soak it all in. Alongside director Glen Keane, being his unapologetic self, The Black Mamba ‘took shots’ at FOX News host Laura Ingraham after her comments to “shut up and dribble” directed at Lebron James for his political critique of Donald Trump.
“Don't know if it's possible, I mean, as basketball players, we are really supposed to shut up and dribble. But I am glad we do a little bit more than that."
Good looking out Kobe.
Later on, in his backstage acceptance speech, still in awe, Kobe claims "I feel better than winning a championship, to be honest with you. I swear I do.''
Another standout award for the culture was Jordan Peele winning ‘Best Original Screenplay’ for the critically acclaimed film, Get Out. The 39-year-old made history by being the first black man to win best original screenplay - a massive accomplishment. In his speech, he addresses the challenge of the low budget for this film, but how his vision and team pulled through and “worked miracles”. He also explains how he “stopped writing this movie over 20 times because I thought it was impossible”, and thanks the world for watching his movie. As a ‘Key and Peele’ fan, this makes me very happy.
We must also recognize our beloved Mary J. Blige at The Oscars. She too made history for being the first person ever to have double nominees of ‘Best Song’ and ‘Best Supporting Actress’ in Mudbound. Unfortunately, she left the ceremony empty handed, but delivered an empowering performance of her nominated song, Mighty River.
Chicago rapper Common, along with singer Andra Day also took the stage to carry out a politically charged performance of Stand Up for Something, which was nominated as ‘Best Original Song’ from Marshall.
Another moment for the culture was to see Tiffany Haddish shine during the ceremony. Honouring her African heritage, the comedian/actress wore a traditional Eritrean dress on the red carpet, where she comically (yet admirably) disregarded so-called 'red carpet etiquette’ and jumped over a few ropes to meet Meryl Streep. She then carried on in joyful energy, and to many, she was the funniest presenter of the evening.
The Black Panther cast members were present at the ceremony in all their glory, donning their African attire to the Oscars. The world is clearly still buzzing after the iconic film which has broken all kinds of records
All in all, this Oscars had many brilliant moments and it’s great to see such a prominent influence of Hip Hop during, and after the ceremony.