Oscar Recap

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.

Oscar Movie Preview

Here’s a look at what could go down at this year’s Oscars

By Jimmy Fortuna-Peak

Best Picture

There’s a trick to figuring out the best picture category. Any of the best picture films that are nominated for best director, editing, and screenplay, is an automatic frontrunner to win the Oscar. The only film that qualifies into all three of these categories this year is The Shape of Water. Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri may have won the Golden Globe, but The Producers Guild went to The Shape of Water, a more accurate predictor of who will win. Also, it suffers from not having a nomination in the best director category. Lady Bird, Get Out, Dunkirk, and Call Me By Your Name could all be possible upsets as well and deserve some merit. Darkest Hour, The Post, and Phantom Thread were all great films, but have little to no chance at winning the Best Picture  award. While I would love to see Lady Bird win the night, The Shape of Water looks to take its place in cinema history.

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Summer Movie Report

Here’s our rundown of this summer’s biggest successes and failures at the theater

By Jimmy Fortuna-Peak

This World War II epic follows the evacuation attempts of 400,000 stranded allied soldiers trapped in the French town of Dunkirk. Director Christopher Nolan pulls no punches in his 10th feature-length film and creates a tension-filled narrative that hooks the audience from start to finish. Rather than using dialogue, Nolan utilizes visual imagery to push the plot forward, making it a unique entry into the war film genre. Dunkirk received high praise from both fans and critics and could be looking at Oscar gold come year’s end. Analysis: Critical Success

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