This year’s 88th Academy Awards were certainly a night to remember. Leonardo Di Caprio finally won his much-deserved Oscar for Best Actor for his role in critically acclaimed film The Revenant, while Inside Out, the Disney flick that made even the adults cry took home the Oscar for Best Animated Feature. But much more than just these, the 2016 Oscars proved itself to be both a breakthrough; yet a low point for representation of Asian culture in the Western world. So, without further ado, we bring to you The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly of this years’ awards.
The Good: ‘Fun Taiwan’ host Janet Hsieh hosts HBO Asia red carpet interviews
Looking absolutely stunning in a simple Ferragamo dress and Jade earrings by Lin Shiao Tung depicting the Taiwanese Blue Magpie, Janet Hsieh could do no wrong as she bounced her way around the red carpet, interviewing the likes of Whoopi Goldberg, Sacha Baron Cohen, Isla Fisher, Andy Serkis and Sophia Turner. Hailing from Texas, USA but yet fiercely passionate about her Taiwanese heritage, you could not have picked a better candidate to represent HBO Asia and Asians worldwide during the red carpet interviews.
Although unable to celebrate husband and actor George Young‘s birthday which coincided with her trip to the Oscars, Hsieh made up for it by presenting him with an Oscar engraved with the caption ‘BEST HUSBAND’. Awww!
The Bad: Chris Rock’s Awkard Asian Joke
Although it seems that host Chris Rock was making a solid point about racism towards African Americans at the awards this year, his blatant contradiction that presented itself in the form of an insensitive use of Asian stereotypes instead rendered him the butt of social media critiques. Making mention of Price Waterhouse Coopers, the accounting firm that tallies the votes for the winners of this year’s Oscars, Rock ushered onto the stage three Asian kids, referring to them as the firm’s “most dedicated, accurate and hard working representatives. Adding oil to the fire, he made one last resounding comment that cemented his fate to be roasted on social media for his racist remarks for the next week or so. “If anybody’s upset about that joke, just Tweet about it on your phone—that was also made by these kids.”
Not funny, Chris Rock. Not at all.
The Ugly: Wang Leehom amd Jeremy Lin criticises the double standards towards minorities at the Oscars
A film geek himself, Mandopop King Wang Leehom took time out of his busy filming schedule in Shanghai to watch the Oscars. But as much as he enjoyed the Oscars this year, he still took to social media to ask the question that no one had asked: Why has no one noticed that there have never been any Asian actors nominated? Seemingly in retort to the vein of thought Chris Rock promoted while hosting the awards this year, Leehom as a strong activist for the rights of Asians as a minority was unhesitant in standing up for what he believed in. In the process, he also brought up the double standards that exist-even between minorities that is a serious issue in our society today. You go Leehom!
NBA B-baller Jeremy Lin who is proudly Taiwanese-American also had his share of critiques of Rock’s distasteful comments, sharing a news article on the story with the comment “Seriously though, when is this going to change?!? Tired of it being “cool” and “ok” to bash Asians smh #Oscars”. His words speak for themselves. Looks like Chris Rock’s made another powerful enemy with his faux pas…