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Editorial - Oscars (Moonlit reality) | Meanings

An hour into the Oscar ceremony, there was a whiff (एहसास) of uncertainty in the air. La La Land was supposed to mop up (साफ करना; समेटना) every award in sight, but the first sign that the members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences had other ideas came when the winner for Best Costume Design was announced. Everyone expected Mary Zophres to win for her retro-revival Technicolor clothes in La La Land — the eventual (अंतिम) winner, Colleen Atwood for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, seemed surprised too. But as other awards began to slip away from the well-reviewed musical, a theme could be teased out. What is Fantastic Beasts if not a plea for equal treatment of people, magical or otherwise? Then, Arrival, a film about the inherent benignity of aliens (read immigrants) won for Best Sound Editing. Hacksaw Ridge, which is, in a way, an anti-guns movie, won in two categories. Fences, about an African-American father who fears racial discrimination (भेदभाव), took ho…