By Paola Ordoñez
“Ego loves competition, because for someone to win someone has to lose, but the paradox is that true art, true individual expression, as all the work of these incredible fellow film makers can’t be compared, can’t be labeled, can’t be defeated because they existed, and our work, only will be judged, as always by time” -Alejandro Iñaritu-
Movie of the year. True actors behind the scene. A movie about actors. The awkwardness, the nerves, the self-image.
Being an actor is embodying another person without being able to stop being you. I loved the movie, the actors the mise en scene. I guess being an actor must get pretty tough sometimes. Not only are you exposed to all sort of criticism on how you look, but also on how you interpret your character. Most people believe they can have a valid say on whether an actor’s performance is “good”, “bad” or just “hmmm”.
Why do we give awards to “best actors” or “best movies”? Is there really such thing as 2015 best movie? I really enjoyed Birdman or “the unexpected virtue of ignorance”. Isn’t that the proper name: Ignorance? Are we able to evaluate and judge art as other subjects or sciences?
I’m not sure whether I liked The Grand Hotel Budapest, Boyhood or Birdman more. I can make a list of things I liked and didn’t like about those three movies, but still I wouldn’t dare to tell you which one of them is “better” or “ the best” from the other two.
Why is it that we want to rank everything?
My advice for the coming couple of months: go watch the movies you want to watch because of the actors, or the poster, or the trailer or just because you heard someone tell you it’s a nice piece. Forget about who got the award for best actress, best soundtrack or best movie. Let’s pretend the Oscars never happened. Let’s pretend there is no authority telling you what kind of art is the ‘good’ art, art that receives prizes and recognition. Actors sometimes want that recognition and what comes with it. Other times, actors just want you to enjoy the show. For this couple of weeks, let’s just enjoy the show.