Reaffirming the established idea that nothing makes a gentle indie boy look more frightened than the Oscars stage, Sufjan Stevens sang his very pretty “Mystery of Love” (from “Call Me by Your Name”) like someone who’d been called unwillingly to the principal’s office.
The performance — for which Stevens was aided by a hipster’s dream team that included St. Vincent, Chris Thile and Moses Sumney — took place almost 20 years to the day after Elliott Smith flashed his best deer-in-headlights look as he did “Miss Misery” (from “Good Will Hunting”) on the Academy Awards in 1998.
Sam Rockwell sauntered backstage after winning the supporting actor Oscar for his portrayal of an erratic and racist police officer in director Martin McDonagh’s dark fairy tale, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.”
He looked relaxed, like a man who expected to win after an awards season that found the film he starred in alongside Frances McDormand and Woody Harrelson garnering a wealth of critical accolades, including seven Academy Award nominations.
Asked what he did to prepare for the volatile role of a deputy who tries to prevent a grieving mother from continuing to publicly chastise the sheriff’s department for not solving the rape and murder of her teenage daughter, Rockwell called his process, “A big soufflé, a stew. I did some ride-alongs with some cops, met with some skin-graft patients. I had two or three months to indulge in all this research.”
“I would like more trans people to take their own path. And those of us that have been paving the way for others and opening doors, we need to continue to keep those doors open for the next generation.