Oscars steal the show

Marisa Caban


For those who don’t know, the Academy Awards, aka the Oscars, is the most prestigious award ceremony and most sought-after honor in the film industry; talk show personality Ellen DeGeneres will host the 2014 Oscars, which airs at 7 p.m., March 2 on local ABC affiliate KOCO Channel 5.

While the Golden Globes and the Screen Actors Guild awards have come and gone, neither can compare to Oscar night, with its outrageous skits, beautiful red-carpet gowns and stage as grand and prestigious as the golden statues given to the winners.

The nine nominees for best picture are: “American Hustle,” “Captain Phillips,” “Dallas Buyers Club,” “Gravity,” “Her,” “Nebraska,” “Philomena,” “12 Years a Slave,” and “The Wolf of Wall Street.”

Box office gross for Oscar nominees

My favorite categories this year are leading actress and supporting actress because of the amazing newcomers and rising stars. Jennifer Lawrence is a second-time supporting-role Oscar nominee, having won for “Silver Linings Playbook” last year; she is nominated this year for her supporting role in “American Hustle.”

This year, I’m banking on both women of “August: Osage County”—Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts—to take home the gold for some impassioned and strong roles in this movie, based and filmed in Oklahoma, about a broken family and mourning.

To many people’s disappointment, Scarlett Johansson is not nominated for her part as the voice of an operating system; the “her” in the film “Her.” Since she performed only as a voice and didn’t actually appear on screen, this has created controversy over what qualifies as acting in the Academy’s eyes.

“American Hustle” stole the show at the Golden Globes and has been nominated for best picture, actor, actress, supporting actor, supporting actress, costume, design, directing, film editing, production design, and original screenplay. No doubt, the film will take several of these categories if its previous success is an indicator.

I’m confused about the animated feature films category this year, which is one of my favorites. While Pixar is known for taking the award almost every year, Universal’s “Despicable Me 2,” and Dreamworks’ “The Croods” have been nominated this year, as if there weren’t enough really great animated features already. Unfortunately, Pixar’s “Monsters University” was not nominated, but surely Disney’s “Frozen” or Studio Ghibli’s “The Wind Rises,” set to release in the U.S. on Nov. 8, will win in this category for their credentials.

Regardless of who wins or loses, the Academy Awards is a great show to watch. There is always a fun host, beautiful music, and hilarious presenters. This year is shaping up to be no different.

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