Who can go to a purple party? Especially when Lina Wertmüller is in front. Up to three times the Italian director made the color of the dress of the actress Isabella Rossellini ugly, while she tried, laughing, to translate Wertmüller’s words for the public of the honorary Oscars, which were delivered this Sunday in Los Angeles. Apparently purple is bad luck. If he does it again, he will force her to strip naked, the veteran filmmaker promised to a room full of stars who broke into laughter with a 91-year-old woman who spoke Italian and could not hold the Oscar.
Lina Wertmüller was one of the four people honored this Sunday by the Hollywood Film Academy in the honorary awards it gives each year. Along with her, director David Lynch and actors Geena Davis and Wes Studi. Wertmuller was the first woman in history to be nominated for an Oscar for Best Director (in 1977 for Pasqualino Seven Beauties). To give an idea of what this means, director Jane Campion explained the history of female directors in Hollywood on stage. “It is a very short story. First it was Lina, then four more nominees, and then Kathryn won [Bigelow]”. It is done. In total, 5 nominations for women and 350 for men.
To present the Italian to the Hollywood aristocracy, directors Greta Gerwig and Jane Campion and actresses Isabella Rossellini and Sophia Loren took the stage on Sunday. Suffice it to say that Loren went on stage aided by Jon Hamm, who did not say a word. His only role at the gala was to be Loren’s companion and stand to one side smiling. Loren received a standing ovation before he even opened his mouth.
With Isabella Rossellini as translator, Wertmüller began by saying that Sophia Loren had made “a pact with the devil.” He left the advice that “in the world what is needed is a lot of passion and a lot of patience.” Finally, Wertmüller asked to change the name to Oscar and call it Ana, because it is already patriarchy.
“Tonight is very different from the Oscars. There are no nominees and there are no envelopes to make mistakes with, ”joked the new president of the Academy, director David Rubin. The Honorary Oscars, officially known as the Governors’ Awards, are the party that officially kicks off the awards season in Hollywood. From here, the festivals and the awards of the guilds follow one another until the great galas arrive. Therefore, there is everyone who aspires to something in the season.
There were Quentin Tarantino and Leonardo Di Caprio (Once upon a time in hollywood), Eddie Murphy (I am dolemite), The team of Super nerds, Pedro Almodóvar and Antonio Banderas (Pain and glory), the winner of the Palme d’Or the Korean Bong Joon-ho and a collection of stars from Scarlett Johansson to Charlize Theron or Jordan Peele.
Isabella Rossellini, who became a star thanks to Blue velvet (1986), also introduced the award to David Lynch. “We met at a dinner with friends in New York. The first thing he said to me was: ‘You know? It seems like you are Ingrid Bergman’s daughter. ‘ To which a friend replied: ‘Idiot, it’s Ingrid Bergman’s daughter.’ The conversation continued with Lynch frustrated that Helen Mirren didn’t want to play the role she eventually offered Rossellini, who also became her partner, the next day.
The other two protagonists of that film and two of Lynch’s favorite faces, Laura Dern and Kyle MacLachlan, took the stage to present the only Oscar of their careers to a “true Renaissance man.” Lynch, who has been nominated for four Oscars in his career, picked up the award with a few words: “Have a good night, everyone. They have a very interesting face ”.
Geena Davis received the Jean Hersholt Award, dedicated to people who have pioneered diversity in the industry. In Davis’s case, she has been dedicated to promoting parity between men and women in the film industry for two decades. Her voice has perhaps never been as relevant as it was two years ago, when a true cultural shift broke out in Hollywood regarding the role of women. It was introduced by Tom Hanks, who recalled that he was the only man in the movie. They give the blow (1992). Hanks was the coach of a women’s baseball team of which Davis was the leader. Hanks first addresses Davis’ character at minute 54 and says, “Hey! Are you stupid or what?
Through an institute dedicated to parity, Davis studies in detail the number of women who appear in films, what they do, how much they talk. He shared interesting facts with an audience of stars, such as that 81% of the characters that appear on screen who have jobs are men. Davis took advantage of the Hollywood cartoon (“progressive, LGTB and corny kids”) to demand that he be up to the task. “If we’re supposed to be gender-fluid intersex feminists, for God’s sake, let’s get it right,” Davis told a laughing audience. He asked the entire room, which included some of the biggest directors and producers in the industry, to review the projects they are working on starting tomorrow to make them more equal.
Wes Studi received an honorary Oscar for a career in which he has been the perfect Native American high school. His face appears in Dancing with Wolves, The Last of the Mohicans, Geronimo O Heat. It was presented by Christian Bale, with whom he shared a screen in Hostiles. The ballroom stood up and cheered Studi when Bale recalled that, since this Sunday, he is the first Native American actor to receive an Oscar. Studi is Cherokee, but on screen he has played a dozen tribes like Pawnee, Cheyenne speaking their native languages. “When we think of Native Americans in movies, theirs are some of the most recognizable interpretations we remember,” Bale said.