The mistake over Best Picture made the Oscars worth watching.
Reading Deadline or other news outlets made it seem like this was some sort of disaster. Are you kidding? This was the best thing to happen to the Oscars in 10 years. It somehow made a dying event seem alive again.
I mean, if they got the best picture right, there would be silence today about the Oscars. Why? Because no one fucking saw Moonlight. You couldn't pay joe-average to see the film. The material and subject matter is challenging to begin with, but couple it with the cinematic and storytelling style -- this was not a very pleasing or accessible movie. Its victory is a further reflection of how movies no longer occupy a central role in the culture. Will the Oscars going the way of the National Book Award?
An aside - important for future Oscar pool picks -- has the Academy "diversification" project now made black movies the new holocaust movie? In the old days, if one had any doubt about a category in a pool, the safest, most reliable pick was the holocaust film. Is that day now over? Gamblers - adjust.