This year’s Academy Awards ceremony provided a fun yet predictable night of film appreciation
By Jimmy Fortuna-Peak
The 90th annual Academy Awards occured last night crowing the best Hollywood had to offer in 2017.
The Shape of Water became the night’s champion after winning four Oscars including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Production Design, and Best Original Score. Dunkirk should also be noted as it came in second with three Oscar wins: Sound Editing, Sound Mixing, and Editing. Tied for third with two Oscar wins were Blade Runner 2049, Coco, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, and Darkest Hour.
The most notable winners were Roger Deakins’ win for Best Cinematography after 13 previous unsuccessful nominations, Kobe Bryant winning the Oscar for his short film Dear Basketball, and Jordan Peele winning Best Original Screenplay for Get Out. Frances McDormand and Gary Oldman were both hailed as the best actors in a leading role, while Sam Rockwell and Allison Janney won Best Actors in a supporting role. While there weren’t any major surprises or upsets this year, Lady Bird didn’t receive a single award from its five nominations, shocking many.
Jimmy Kimmel gave an average job as the ceremonies host, a disappointment to his hilarious performance last year. The Moonlight fiasco from last year was an enjoyable running gag, as well as bribing winners with a Jetski to try and make acceptance speeches shorter.
The MeToo Movement and racial inclusion were focal points of the night, with moving speeches from Jordan Peele and Frances McDormand respectively.
“Get Ready,” Peele said. “You’re about to see a lot more Get Out’s, and a lot more Black Panther’s.”
Overall, it was an enjoyable ceremony, but not anything groundbreaking as expected of award show’s 90th anniversary.
The boys’ basketball defeated Pioneer on Thursday thanks to some last-second heroics from senior Brady Rosen.
The Dread’s went up early with some quick 3-pointers from point guard Drew Bishop, but the Pioneers’ Drew Lauder led his team back to take the lead late in the fourth.
With time running out Brady Rosen grabbed the rebound and chucked up a three-quarter court shot at the end of the fourth for the win giving the Dread’s a much-needed boost heading into districts.
“Before I was thinking how we need to get a defensive stop and worst-case scenario put it in overtime,” Rosen said. “[After the heave], I was like, ‘wow, this shout could actually go in… like it’s got a good path.
“After [it went in], I was just in shock that I actually made that shot and we won off of that.”
What’s next: Dexter will look to get a win in the first round of districts against the Pinckney Pirates at 7 p.m. Monday at Skyline High School.
The Dexter men’s basketball team beat the Ann Arbor pioneers 56-53 yesterday after a miraculous half court buzzer beater by Brady Rosen. This game was special for the Dreads, as it was senior night, making it important to get a victory in their last game at home for the seniors. The Dreads went up early with some quick three pointers from point guard Drew Bishop, but Pioneer’s Drew Lauder led the Pioneers back to take the lead late in the fourth. With time running out, Rosen grabbed the rebound and chucked up the half court shot at the end of the fourth for the win giving the Dreads a much needed boost heading into districts. On the win, sophomore guard Marco Lucchesi said “I’m glad we were able to pull it out. It’s a good chemistry builder before districts.” Dexter will look to get a win in the first round of districts against the Pinckney Pirates on Monday at 7:00 pm at Skyline high school.