Buffalo State holds its own Oscars viewing party

Feb 10, 2020

Across the world, movie fans and moviegoers watched Sunday's Academy Awards to see who the movie industry saw as the best of the best. Film and TV students gathered in Buffalo State College's Student Union for the college's 13th "Night at the Oscars."

"....and the Oscar goes to Brad Pitt."

Pitt's win for supporting actor kicked off the awarding of the gold statuettes.

Co-Chairs Zoe Crapsi (l) and Taj White
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Co-chair Zoe Crapsi is a fan of "Little Women" and said it should have been among the possibles, especially for Greta Gerwig's direction. Crapsi said some might not have loved the tale as much as she does.

"It was really well made and I am surprised that it didn't get a nomination for, directing, specifically because it was really well directed, but it's also a movie that while I really loved it, I can see why other people might not have loved it so much," she said. "I think the issue is that there are a lot of genres at the Oscars and they don't always get recognized in the same way."

Co-chair Taj White said he wants to see more films made by Black people, beyond the past pattern.

"There's so much untapped potential that you can get from just making a film about a person of color and not having it be about their struggles, having it be about their life and what they have gone through," White said. "

A fan of horror movies, White said there were good ones in 2019.

"It's the idea of film remembering the past and this is how far we've come or a film about just race and how people are treating us now," he said, "and I feel like we can do a lot more than just either of those. For example, "Get Out" and "Us" are two horror movies which have race as a theme, but isn't surrounded by and actually portrays black people differently than most other films would."

White wants to make a career as a screenwriter, perhaps in horror films.