While for many people the beginning of a new year means new resolutions, new beginnings, and a few months of relearning how to write the date, in Hollywood, the start of a new year brings much more. As February and March hit, actors and actresses, directors, composers, screenwriters, and more, gather together in one room to honor and respect the works of each other, as well as celebrate their hard work; at the Oscars.
This year, the Oscar’s will take place on Sunday February 24th, at 8:00 p.m. EST. The award ceremony, will now take place after nominations have been announced, and voting, which took place January 7ththrough January 14th. But surprisingly to many Oscars aficionados, there was more diversity within this year’s Oscars, like Alfonso Cuaron and Yalitza Aparicio, both for their work with Roma.
Some of the Oscar nominations this year include:
A Star is Born
Bradley Cooper/A Star Is Born
Willem Dafoe/At Eternity’s Gate
Rami Malek/Bohemian Rhapsody
Viggo Mortensen/Green Book
Glenn Close/The Wife
Olivia Colman/The Favourite
Lady Gaga/A Star Is Born
Melissa McCarthy/Can You Ever Forgive Me?
Mahershala Ali/Green Book
Sam Elliott/A Star Is Born
Richard E. Grant/Can You Ever Forgive Me?
Marina de Tavira/Roma
Regina King/If Beale Street Could Talk
Emma Stone/The Favourite
Rachel Weisz/The Favourite
Yorgos Lanthimos/The Favourite
Pawel Pawlikowski/Cold War
Best Animated Feature
Isle of Dogs
Ralph Breaks the Internet
Spider-Man: Into the Spider Verse
For a complete list of the nomination, you can visit Oscars.org.
Just like any year for the Oscars, there are many nominations that end up surprising audiences.
“Looking at the Best Picture nominations, what surprised me the most were A Star is Born and Bohemian Rhapsody. I was not expecting to see two musical themed movies make it there,” said junior Chris Parker.
Sophomore Alexa Garner was surprised at the wide variety of films nominated.
“What I was surprised at was the fact of how the nominations this year differed from their typical mold, bringing in other things you would not typically see. Black Panther is one of those films, because you never really expect to see a super hero film make something like this,” said Garner.
Due to the fact that the nominations are chosen by a select council, some people strongly agree with their decisions, but not everyone believes that each film deserves to be there.
“I believe that Incredibles 2 truly deserved its nomination because it was done well, and made to feel like a continuation of the first film which most sequels fail to do. I also believe that Bohemian Rhapsody deserves its nomination because it did an amazing job at showing the story of Queen, but also because I like Rami Malek,” said freshman Josh Zamora.
Parker believes that Spider-Man: Into the Spider Verse deserved the praise and nominations it received, especially because of how well animated it was, but doesn’t believe that Roma deserved its nomination.
“Incredibles 2 definitely deserved its nomination because I do not like to get my hopes up with sequels, but I was really impressed. But I do not believe that A Star is Born deserved its nomination, and that could be personally because I do not like country or Lady Gaga, but I just was not a fan,” said sophomore Lucas Michner.
Besides the Incredibles 2, Michner also believed that BlacKkKlansmanand Bohemian Rhapsodydeserved their nominations.
Garner brought up the point that she believed the film Love Simon deserved a nomination among these films because of the story it possessed.
When it comes to Oscars season, people love to make predictions, and place their bets on who will win.
“I believe Christian Bale will win the Best Actor category because of all his different methods of acting with each character, and all the work he puts in to fit his roles. I also believe that Lady Gaga will win the Best Actress category because of all the popularity A Star is Bornhas gained, and also it would be artsy of the Oscars to vote for a singer,” said sophomore Alex Whipkey.
Junior Phillip bets has some ideas about who will win Best Bupporting-Actress.
“I believe that Sam Rockwell will win Best Supporting-Actor and Amy Adams will win Best Supporting-Actress because Vice is the only film I have seen and I believe it was a pretty good movie,” said Betts.
Despite many students not seeing most of the nominations this year, many seem to agree on the fact that Incredibles 2will win the Best Animated Feature category due to its impressive story, animation, and how great of a sequel it was.
If you care to see who actually wins the awards, and see if your predictions were correct, tune into ABC Sunday, February 24that 8:00 p.m. eastern standard time.