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Oscar 2016: the stand outs

By February 29, 2016 Film

Forget the snoozefest that is the bulging middle section of the usual Oscar telecast.

Tonight promises fireworks after weeks of protest over the Academy’s lack of diversity, resulting in a vigorous #OscarSoWhite backlash. What will host Chris Rock do?  That alone will boost numbers, declining fast in all demographics in recent years.

And yes, the backlash is long overdue.

Any film festival fan knows the world of film is far more expansive than what Hollywood churns out yearly.

Here’s where I get my plug in for the phenomenon of our very own TIFF, a festival where diverse global storytelling is on show daily for ten days every fall.  Of the many reasons I attend, stoking my travel lust right there in my fangirl seat is one of the best.

I don’t get to vote for the Oscars, but if I did, I’d change the rules on a bunch of wonky categories. Why does animation need to be separate? Inside Out belongs among the years’ best list, not sent to the margins. Why aren’t there trophies for whole casts? More than anything, film is collaborative; hundreds of talents creating magic.

What stood out for me this year in this swirling circus of Oscar gold? Read on.

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