Posted by: crisdiaz24 | March 8, 2016

OSCARS 2016: SURPRISES AND SOAPBOXES

CLOZE TEST

 

Fill in the gaps with a suitable preposition or particle.

 

OSCARS 2016: SURPRISES AND SOAPBOXES[1]

 

For months now it seemed The Revenant, 0) __________ far the biggest draw at the box office, had it in the bag for best picture.

Some industry experts were backing The Big Short following its win at the Producers Guild of America awards in January.

The past five years has seen the winner of the PGA go 1) __________ to win the Oscar. But that run has now been broken.

Spotlight deals with a tough issue of systemic child abuse 2) __________ priests and the church’s inaction and cover-up.

Director and screenwriter Tom McCarthy, plus producers and cast, have been praising the work of the journalists 3) __________ the Boston Globe who worked tirelessly to break the story.

4) __________  the end it was Spotlight that crossed the finish line first.

Sylvester Stallone was the popular favourite for Creed, a role which has earned him fulsome praise for a return to form 5) __________ his Rocky debut days.

But the Academy voters instead went for the quiet, understated performance of Rylance in Bridge of Spies.

The decision didn’t go 6) __________ well in the press room, with genuine gasps of shock that Stallone would not be taking home a statuette.

The stage at the ceremony became a soapbox as winners used their allotted time to vent on their pet subjects.

Adam McKay, director of The Big Short, kicked things off when he collected the prize for best adapted screenplay warning 7) __________  voting for a presidential candidate that takes money from the oil companies.

He later clarified that he wasn’t singling out a particular candidate.

“Big money is taking over our government, and until right and left goes, no more big money. It has to be 8) __________ a scarlet letter [2]on these candidates.

“So I really honestly did not mean either side, but like Google it. Just Google it. You can see what the candidates have been paid, and when you elect people that get money from banks and oil and weirdo [3]billionaires, that’s who they vote 9) __________.”

Alejandro Iñárritu spoke up on diversity and racism in his acceptance speech during his win 10) __________ best director.

“I am very lucky to be here tonight, but unfortunately many others haven’t had the same luck.

“There is a line in the film that Hugh Glass [played by Leonardo Di Caprio] says to his mixed-race son, ‘They don’t listen 11) __________  you, they just see the colour of your skin’.

“So what a great opportunity to our generation to really liberate ourselves from all prejudice and, you know, this tribal thinking, and make sure for once and forever that the colour of the skin become as irrelevant as the length of our hair.”

Di Caprio meanwhile called on everyone to respect the planet and focus on the challenges of global warming.

“Climate change is real. It is happening right now,” he said.

“It is the most urgent threat facing our entire species, and we need to work collectively together and stop procrastinating.”

So while the diversity issue dogged[4] the build-up [5]and was handled so well during Chris Rock’s opening monologue, it was other world crises that were put 12) __________ the agenda.

 

 

[1]SOAPBOX:  a box or small platform that someone stands on to give a speech to people in an outdoor, public place.

An improvised platform used by a self-appointed, spontaneous, or informal orator; broadly :  something that provides an outlet for delivering opinions

[2] SCARLET LETTER: a scarlet A worn as a punitive mark of adultery.

[3] WEIRDO: a person who is extraordinarily strange or eccentric.

[4] TO DOG: to bother or pester persistently.

[5] BUILD-UP: a series of things that lead to an important event or occurrence.

 

 

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