Jeff York reacts to #OscarsSoBlight on The Establishing Shot


And you thought the Oscars were awful last year.

When the Academy failed to nominate a single actor or actress of color in 2016, the Twittersphere rightfully dumped on the venerable institution with the withering hashtag #OscarsSoWhite.

So…what should the fiasco that ended the Oscar ceremony this year warrant being dubbed? #OscarsSoBlight?

The Oxford Dictionary defines the word blight as “that which spoils or damages something.” Well, the screw-up at the end of the Oscars last night, with the wrong Best Picture winner being called out, was exactly that. It was damaging. It spoiled an otherwise sharp and positive show. It was a blight on the awards and the movie season. All it takes is such a blight to seriously damage the Academy Awards’ reputation, and I fear that this debacle will taint it for many, many years. Who knows if they can ever really live it down.


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