by Brook Gassman
Lights! Camera! Action! Welcome to the 2016 Oscars (aka the 88th Academy Awards, even though no one calls it that), where there is not only a fantastic lineup of movies, actors, and actresses, but also quite a bit of controversy. So, find a soft couch, a bag of popcorn, and get ready for one of the most interesting and heated Oscars ceremony in many years!
Let’s begin with the movies that have been nominated for Best Picture this year. The eight nominees include: The Big Short, Bridge of Spies, Brooklyn, Mad Max: Fury Road, The Martian, The Revenant, Room, and Spotlight. There are so many impressive choices from this list, it should be a difficult choice deciding which one will win the oscar. This leads us into our next segment, the actors.
The list of nominations for leading actors are as followed: Bryan Cranston (Trumbo), Matt Damon (The Martian), Leonardo DiCaprio (The Revenant), Michael Fassbender (Steve Jobs), and Eddie Redmayne (The Danish Girl). For this fantastic selection of actors, there is bound to be an equal selection of actresses.
The female nominees include: Cate Blanchett (Carol), Brie Larson (Room), Jennifer Lawrence (Joy), Charlotte Rampling (45 Years), and Saoirse Ronan (Brooklyn).
As for the most debated issue the controversy of the oscars. People have been upset about this year’s oscars nominations because there are no African Americans who are included into anything, including Best Picture. “I think that Chris Rock was chosen as the 2016 host mainly because of the nomination list. It was as if the people who chose the nominees knew that this would happen, and that there would be some backlash. By having an African American host, they assumed that the controversy surrounding the Oscars would subside,” says Nettie Potter (‘16).
Many believe that this year’s Oscars has been rigged because of the overwhelming number of whites including in the Oscars, this wouldn’t have been that big of a problem, except that this is the second year in a row that this has happened. But, was it really rigged? That’s all up to what you think. “At the Oscars…people of color are always welcomed to give out awards…even entertain, but we are rarely recognized for our artistic accomplishments. Should people of color refrain from participating altogether? People can only treat us in the way in which we allow. With much respect in the midst of deep disappointment,” says Jada Pinkett Smith.
And now for the moment you’ve all been waiting for…the winner! Drum roll please… Leonardo Dicaprio! After many years of missing it by a hair and thousands of memes later, Dicaprio finally comes out on top! So now we can all stop making fun of him for just missing the oscar and start picking on someone new (just kidding)! I hope that this oscars has been controversial and nail-biting enough for you all.