Will DiCaprio Win…?
by Nina Subkhanberdina on Friday, January 22nd, 2016
The Academy Awards, more affectionately known as the “Oscars,” is a yearly awards show that recognizes outstanding accomplishments and performances of actors in the film industry. It is the oldest entertainment awards ceremony, and receiving an Oscar is regarded as the highest honor for a member of the film industry.
Unlike the also highly talked about Golden Globes, the Oscars are judged by members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which consists of 6000 members, all prominent and acclaimed individuals in the industry. However, a significantly smaller and less widely known Hollywood Foreign Press Association votes at the Golden Globes, making the Oscars the more relevant and interesting ceremony for the public to watch. More importantly, unlike other popular award shows such as the People’s Choice Awards and the Screen Actors Guild awards, the Oscars focus only on films. They are known for being more formal and ceremonial than all of the other award shows of the season.
The Oscars will take place on Sunday February 28th, airing live on ABC. Unlike the starting days of the Oscars, the guests and nominees do not know the winner prior to the show. The biggest Academy awards of the night include the title for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor and Best Actress. Many see Best Picture as the most coveted award, as it pays tribute to all those involved in the making of the film, and it grants a feeling of great satisfaction to the winning team after they have spent endless dollars and hours of hard work on the film.
Cate Blanchett, already with two Oscars and six nominations under her belt, is considered the frontrunner for Best Actress for the film Carol. Room’s Brie Larson, Joy’s Jennifer Lawrence, and Brooklyn’s Saoirse Ronan are also strong contenders in the category. The impeccable talent of this year’s contenders leaves this category close and unpredictable.
Best Director nominees include Alejandro González Iñárritu for the Drama/Thriller film The Revenant, Ridley Scott for his Fantasy/Science Fiction film The Martian and Todd Haynes for his Drama/Romance Film Carol. According to CNN, Iñárritu is the strongest nominee, and is almost guaranteed a win. This year, The Revenant raked in a leading 12 Oscar nominations, including Best Picture.
The Revenant’s star, Leonardo DiCaprio, is considered the frontrunner for Best Actor, followed closely behind by Matt Damon for The Martian and Michael Fassbender for Steve Jobs. Although DiCaprio has not yet won an Oscar, this is his sixth nomination and many believe this may be his year. Eddie Redmayne from The Danish Girl and Bryan Cranston from Trumbo are also nominees and are regarded as the “wild cards” of the category.
Despite the Oscar’s hype through award season, some students feel the Oscar’s are too lengthy with all of the introductions, segments, and commercials. Elizabeth Capicotto (III) said, “I watch the arrivals and red carpet moments, but I don’t actually watch the entire show because it feels repetitive and has too many commercials”. On the other hand, Nia Atkins (II) prefers to “watch the actual ceremony because it is much more interesting than the red carpet.”
In addition, the Oscars’ lack of diversity in the acting nominations has generated much controversy. According to The Guardian, some critics of the nomination process say that movies such as Concussion, Creed, and Straight Outta Compton deserved recognition of the work put into them and the impact they had on the movie-going community. Other critics argue that there is a larger problem with diversity in the movie industry as a whole, one example being Emma Stone’s casting as a part-Chinese, part-Hawaiian woman in the movie Aloha. People who believe that the Oscars do not have a diversity problem say that acting is merit-based, so perhaps there were no worthy actors of color in this year’s batch of nominations, per the same Guardian article.
Like many, my favorite parts of the awards include the arrivals and the winner of Best Picture. Seeing the red carpet looks and trends are one of the most entertaining moments of the entire show. The moment the Best Picture winner is announced is another one of my favorites. I am excited to watch the Oscars, as this year is said to be an unusually close race in most categories, and therefore is guaranteed to be full of surprises.
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