By: Sabrina Khan (Correspondent)
The Academy Awards, also known as the Oscars is one of the most anticipated award shows of the year; as always this year’s nominees and winners were outstanding examples in their respective fields. The Oscars took place in Dolby Theatre, Los Angeles, CA and it is the most important red carpet event of the year.
Many of this year’s awards were poised to be a battle between Guillermo del Toro’s fantasy The Shape of Water, Christopher Nolan’s wartime epic Dunkirk, and Martin McDonagh’s Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. This last one caused some controversy due to having a racist cop in the movie which made people question whether it should be nominated for such an important award.
In the end, The Shape of Water emerged victorious, winning a total of four Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Director for Guillermo del Toro, and awards for both original score and production design. According to many movie bloggers, they anticipated Dunkirk to win since it is about World War II, and typically war movies tend to take over people’s heart.
Sophomore Sammy Foulsham said, “Best picture should have gone to Call Me By Your Name because it was very realistic and a breath of fresh air, the director Luca did a really good job making it feel nostalgic.”
The best actor went to Gary Oldman in Darkest Hour, the nominees were Timothée Chalamet, Call Me by Your Name, Daniel Day-Lewis Phantom Thread, Daniel Kaluuya, Get Out, Denzel Washington, Roman J. Israel, Esq.many people anticipated Day-Lewis to win considering it is his last movie ever.
Hallie Rhodes, a junior from SHS said that, “Gary Oldman’s acting was very outstanding, but I think Timothee Chalamet should have won best actor considering he starred in two movies that were both Oscar-nominated.”
The best actress went to Frances Mcdormand, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, Frances’s acceptance speech was very uplifting as she talked about an inclusion rider (An inclusion rider is a reference to the belief by some that there should be requirements in contracts that provide for gender and racial diversity), she continues on to say it makes movies much better for more people. The other nominees were Sally Hawkins, The Shape of Water, Margot Robbie, I, Tonya, Saoirse Ronan, Lady Bird, and Meryl Streep, The Post.
Junior Zack Ransom said, “Her speech was very enlightening because the whole inclusion rider really should be in all movies and make them much better, but you know there are a lot of racist people in this world and object those kinds of things. All in all, Mcdormand’s speech was needed in this day in age”