This year’s Oscars are over, and it looks like it all went to plan. There were no incorrect winners announced like last year’s La La Land!
Foreign Language Film
You might remember in my previous blog, the nominees for this year’s Best Foreign Language Film were:
A Fantastic Woman (Chile)
The Insult (Lebanon)
On Body and Soul (Hungary)
The Square (Sweden).
This year’s winner was A Fantastic Woman (Chile)
The film follows Marina, a transgender woman in a relationship with someone 30 years her senior. After the death of her partner the family become suspicious and we watch her try to work through her grief through all the suspicion. This film also won at the Berlin Film festival, but was not nominated at the BAFTAs. This just shows how fought the foreign language category has become! Globes, BAFTAs and Oscars all announced a different winner! We wish this film and the Chilean film industry the best of luck in the future! Winning an award as prestigious as an Oscar can make such a difference to inspire a generation into film making.
A Special mention has to go out to Loveless- who was the only film to be nominated in all three awards ceremonies. Even though they didn’t win any of the awards, the buzz of being at all 3 will make an impact in the Russian film industry!
Best Live Action Short
I also want to mention another winner from last night’s Oscars – Best Live Action Short. The winner was The Silent Child – a British short film based on a child with hearing difficulties. This film has really shone a light on Sign Language. The story follows Libby, a four-year-old deaf child who lives a silent life, until she is taught to communicate through Sign Language but her social worker. This film shows the struggles that all deaf people have to go through until they learn sign language. We think it’s amazing that this film managed to get an Oscar, and now maybe more emphasis will be put on this very special language.
Better still, when picking up the award, writer and actress Rachel Shenton, used sign language in her acceptance speech. We see Sign Language at many events these days, but it’s very special for someone to use Sign Language at the Oscars. We’re hoping this film really makes an impact on Hollywood, but also on the wider audience who can now start to understand the struggles for young people with hearing difficulties, but better still, the triumphs these amazing individuals can achieve.
Here at Lingua Translations we understand the importance of Sign Language. It is a lesser known language, but a very important one, helping people across the world understand and be heard. We wish this film and the young actress Maisie the best of luck!