Previewing the Oscars
by Emma Martin on Friday, February 20th, 2015
The curtains of the 2015 winter awards season will be closing with a glamorous, sparkling, star-studded bang on February 22nd with the 87th annual Academy Awards. All over America, millions of viewers will tune in to the red carpet arrivals of celebrities dripping in diamonds and the dramatic presentations of awards, hoping for someone (likely Jennifer Lawrence) to take a tumble in her Dolce & Gabbana. Although I could go on about my prediction for who this tumbling actor or actress will be, I’ll instead go over the major categories and the favorites to win for this year’s show.
I’ll start with the Summa Cum Laude of the Oscars: Best Picture. This year’s nominees, announced on January 15th, include the following films: American Sniper (directed by Clint Eastwood), Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) (Alejandro G. Iñárritu), Boyhood (Richard Linklater), The Grand Budapest Hotel (Wes Anderson), The Imitation Game (Morton Tyldman), Selma (Ava DuVernay), The Theory of Everything (James Marsh), and Whiplash (Damien Chazelle). Personally, I’d be thrilled to see American Sniper receive the nod this year for best picture. I was captured by its intense plot, and I really felt American pride after watching it, not to mention I walked out of the theater with an even bigger crush on Bradley Cooper. Noticeably left out of the lineup for Best Picture was Angelina Jolie’s movie Unbroken, inspired by the courageous, heartwarming, and inspiring story of WWII veteran Louis Zamperini. Actually, many movie critics were surprised by the snub, in spite of the fact that the movie didn’t quite live up to the book, as one viewer noted.
The next category is one of my personal favorites, which is the ever-interesting fight for Best Actress in a Leading Role. Nominated were Marion Cotillard for Two Days, One Night, Felicity Jones for The Theory of Everything, Julianne Moore for Still Alice, Rosamund Pike for Gone Girl, and Reese Witherspoon for Wild. I sincerely hope that the winner of this coveted award is Rosamund Pike for her intense portrayal of Ben Affleck’s psychotic wife in Gone Girl. A thrilling drama that had me at the edge of my seat, I thought Gone Girl was one of the best films of the year (I might just have to take this one up with the Best Picture committee myself). If there’s one award I’ll be tuning in for, it will definitely be this one.
On the flip side, nominated for Best Actor we have the following: Steve Carell for Foxcatcher, Bradley Cooper for American Sniper, Benedict Cumberbatch for The Imitation Game, Michael Keaton for Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance), and Eddie Redmayne for The Theory of Everything. Of course, because I loved American Sniper so much, I really hope this award goes to Bradley Cooper. I also hope that Bradley Cooper takes his shirt off when he accepts this award. We’ll just have to tune in on February 22nd to see if I’m right.
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