Move over, “Hollywood’s biggest night”! The 2018 Oscar Awards will hereby become known as Mexico’s biggest night. Why, you ask? On Sunday night, over and over, Mexican actors, musicians, and directors took the stage and won big, something I’m sure pissed off Donald Trump (or at least Ann Coulter, and that brings me great joy to think about.)
Guillermo del Toro won Best Director and Best Picture for The Shape of Water, a movie about a tragic love story between a mute woman and a fish god. If you don’t care for amphibious deities and care more about director/singer/actor Gael Garcia Bernal, I’ve got good news for you, too: Coco, the Pixar animated movie set in Mexico on the Day of the Dead, took home Best Animated Feature Film! More importantly, it won Best Original Song—I say more importantly because I am petty and the film’s song “Remember Me” was rudely snubbed at the Golden Globes earlier this year in the same category.
“Remember Me” is a running thread throughout Coco, sung at various times in different styles by different characters. While I totally adore the song, I did not expect it to win over “This Is Me,” the loud and proud self-acceptance anthem from The Greatest Showman, or “Mighty River” by Mary J. Blige. The Oscars love music with a message and everyone loves Mary J. Blige, so when “Remember Me” won over both of those (AND a Sufjan Stevens song!), I lost it. Finally!!!!, I thought. And then I bugged all my friends who were with me who said they hadn’t seen it, to see it, ‘cause they should. And you should, too, if you haven’t.