If you are any type of movie buff, you are likely aware that the 86th Annual Academy Awards Ceremony, hosted by Ellen DeGeneres, is taking place on Sunday, March 2 at 7 p.m. on ABC. You can find a full list of the nominations in all of the categories at oscar.go.com.
For those who don’t know, the Academy Awards, also known as the Oscars, is a yearly event where awards are given out to the best films, actresses, actors, visual effects, directors, score composers and more in the movie world. Many celebrities appear, there are speeches, high emotions and often humor.
While many people discount the Oscars as fluffy media without substance, others with interest in the enticing world of Hollywood enjoy seeing if their personal favorite efforts are recognized for their merit.
Film buff freshman Zachary Hess humorously told me that he had only one Oscar prediction this year: “As for Oscar predictions, I predict that Leonardo DiCaprio will get snubbed again. That’s about it.”
If you were not already aware from the multitude of Facebook memes that have spammed newsfeeds for the past year, Leonardo DiCaprio fans are painfully aware of the fact that their favorite actor has yet to win an Oscar despite the multitude of powerful roles he has played over the years, including his legendary performance as Jack in “Titanic.” Hess thinks that DiCaprio will once again not receive recognition for his powerful performance in his latest film, “The Wolf of Wall Street”.
History major Jackson Muse had a more positive outlook on the outcome of actor Christian Bale’s performance in the movie “American Hustle.” Muse said, “I’m pretty confident that Bale will win best lead actor. He did an amazing job.”
Graphic design major Nicole Roberts believes that Disney’s “Frozen” will win best animated film. She may just be right as “Frozen” has received nearly universal praise from major critics on websites such as Metacritic, IMDb and Rotten Tomatoes.
Freshman Taylor Derrick believes that “12 Years a Slave” will win best picture. “I didn’t actually see it yet,” said Derrick, “but my friends tell me that it is very powerful.”
There are many nominations and many media outlets weighing in with their predictions. One of the biggest questions is whether or not DiCaprio will finally get his Oscar or not. What is your opinion on the Oscars? Who do you think will win? Do you follow them at all? Let us know in the comments at supicket.com or on any of our social media outlets @SUpicket.