House of Gucci: Accidentally Gave Representation At the 2022 Oscars
With House of Gucci coming onto streaming services in 2022 and with the world still in the pandemic, streaming movies is becoming even more popular than watching them in the theaters. I waitied until it's run in the theaters was over and watched the film on Amazon Prime. What can you say about a film that was based on real life, or based on a book that was based in real life if we want to get technical. Based on the book The House of Gucci: A Sensational Story of Murder, Madness, Glamour, and Greed by Sara Gay Forden, we're pushed right into the world of the Gucci Fashion House and the extravagance that came along with it.
Patrizia Reggiani (Lady Gaga) takes the fashion house, the name, the Gucci family and her husband Maurizio Gucci (Adam Driver) by the horns and basically calls the shots of who get's to stay and who gets ripped from the name and money. I mean, if you want a movie that has it all, plotting a murder, a whirlwind romance and unbelievable fashion (we know how I feel about costuming in films). It's the film that makes you think, 'This is all so unhealthy and manipulative. How didn't anybody see it?' Well, do I have news for you. The only character who sees the whole charade of Patrizia is Maurizio's father He ends up dying of an illness and well that's the end of him.
With so much of the puppet pulling strings done throughout the film you understand why it's being done, and you actually like the characters a lot. They're not those types of characters that you either really like them or really dislike them right from the get go and keep that energy throughout the film. You find that you're surrounded by complex characters and loving/hating them is just the mood for the film. You'll even like them when they're plotting murders or cheating on their wives.
Now, with all this being said. The film got snubbed with nominations in the Oscars this year. All nominations being removed expect for Makeup and Hairstyling. Fans are enraged, talking about how Lady Gaga hadn't been taken seriously by the Oscars for House of Gucci but was for A Star Is Born.
And although heads are shaking over the non-nominations, this makes room for representation for the makeup artists and hairstyling artists that put helped make the characters look themselves. The prosthetic artists who helped put Jared Leto in his body suit and morph his face, Göran Lundström and Anna Carin Lock were given face a long with Gaga's longtime makeup artist and friend Frederic Aspiras making ground as the second Asian American to be recognized for his craft. The first being Kazuhiro Tsuji, who was recognized, nominated and won for the films The Darkest Hour and Bombshell.
Time will tell if the nomination for Makeup and Hairsyling for the movie wins, but I suppose if without the snubbing of the actors, the script, the directors, and everything else, we wouldn't be having this topic of conversation about why representation in media and films matters.
All the love,
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