With his Academy Award win, along with David Malinowski and Lucy Sibbick, for their work in “Darkest Hour,” Kazuhiro Tsuji became the first Asian individual to win the Oscar for hair and makeup.
But the makeup artist, whom Gary Oldman pulled out of retirement for this project featuring the actor as Winston Churchill, doesn't focus on his identity and being a first.
"I don't want to think about [being] Asian," he said backstage at the Academy Awards. “I’m just doing what I love to do. As soon as we start to think about the race we are, it’s not good. It doesn't work well."
Kazuhiro Tsuji, who just won with the #DarkestHour team for makeup/hairstyling, is the first Asian to win that award. #Oscars
Considered by many to be the front-runner for the original song Oscar, “Remember Me” (from Disney’s “Coco”) got an iffy rendition that started out with the very charming Gael García Bernal warbling a few lines in what appeared to be his impression of a 12-year-old boy.
Then Miguel and Natalia Lafourcade showed up, and though they certainly sang better than Bernal did, the two seemed stifled by needing to wind their way through the troupe of dancers twirling around them.
I think right now there's greater awareness. I can't wait to see the actual action. The actual action that people do to actually, hopefully change things from the gender pay gap to, of course, sexual assault and harassment in the workplace. And making sure also … behind the scenes that we shift and change, and that people who are actually being portrayed on camera are written by and directed by and costumed by folk from those communities.
Mary J. Blige gave the first of the evening’s five performances of the tunes nominated for original song — but she definitely didn’t come with a soft launch in mind.
Singing “Mighty River” from “Mudbound” (which also led to a nod for Blige in the supporting actress category), the veteran R&B star dug deep into the gospel-fired composition she co-wrote with Raphael Saadiq and Taura Stinson, pushing her voice close to the breaking point as she sang about how “greed is a monster” and described the need to “put our differences aside.”
Just before she was to present best documentary feature, Greta Gerwig was having her makeup touched up - - "I did you on 'No Strings Attached!' the makeup artist reminded the actress - - when co-presenter Laura Dern arrived backstage. Gerwig was jittery with excitement.
" I can't breathe in," she said with a smile.
"I know," Dern said. "I wish I didn't wear eyeglasses."