Excitement Builds up as the Oscar Sunday Draws Near

20 February 2017

Less than a week’s time left for the Oscars to turn 89! Millions of fans await the star-studded night of 26th Feb. No matter which part of the world you live in, tune-in to the right network and watch your favourite stars take the oscar home.

Only the best-in-class from the film industry get to hold the esteemed trophy. The statuette was officially called the Academy Award of Merit. Oscar was a nickname given to the statuettes. It became so popular that today the Academy Awards are referred to as Oscars. These trophies are 13½ inches tall, made of solid bronze and plated in 24-karat gold.

Oscar follows a tradition of “sealed envelope” till the results are declared. Owing to the unpredictability of the results, the number of statuettes required is always unknown. There are chances of multiple people sharing the award. So, some extra statuettes are made and the unused ones are kept in the Academy’s vault for the next year.

The award ceremony is hosted by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS). The first Academy Awards was held in 1929, since then, 3,048 Oscars have been awarded for excellence in cinematic achievements.

This year, the Academy Awards will be held at the Dolby® Theatre in Hollywood, Los Angeles. Comedian Jimmy Kimmel will be hosting the event. Kimmel is hosting the Oscars for the first time, although he has hosted the Emmy Awards in the past.

Do you remember how the fans rejoiced when the very deserving Leonardo DiCaprio won his first Oscar in 2016? It was a memorable year for those who had waited for this moment all through his past nominations. They also went gaga over his impactful speech on climate change. Well, we have good news for his fans, Leo will be one of the presenters this year! He will be joined by other winners from the last year like Brie Larson, Mark Rylance and Alicia Vikander

Among the other presenters will be Amy Adams, Dwayne Johnson, Emma Stone, Halle Berry, Jamie Dornan, Chris Evans, Gael Garcia Bernal, Samuel L. Jackson, Scarlett Johansson, etc. None of them needs an introduction.

Justin Timberlake, John Legend, Sting, and Lin-Manuel Miranda are all set to leave the audience spell-bound. They will be performing their nominated songs to add more zing to the big night.

The nominations for all the categories were announced on 24th Jan. Final voting will close tomorrow and thus, predictions are soaring. Many believe that La La Land, which has got the maximum nominations (14), will steal the show this year. Other films that got multiple nominations are Arrival (8), Moonlight (8), Hacksaw Ridge (6), Lion (6), Manchester by the Sea (6) etc.

It is interesting to note that, till now only three films have won all of the “Big Five” categories (Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress, and Best Screenplay). These films are

“It Happened One Night” (1934), “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” (1975), and “The Silence of the Lambs” (1991).

Oscar 2017 also saw some effects of Donald Trump’s Travel ban. Asghar Farhadi’s The Salesman is nominated for best foreign language film, but he decided not to attend the event even if he is exempted from the ban.

The pre-Oscar Luncheon was held on 6th Feb. Over 165 nominees gathered at the Beverly Hilton to celebrate the nominations. Here’s the traditional class portrait:

Image Courtesy: Oscar

We understand that you are eagerly waiting for the glamorous night and the results. But we’ll have to wait a little more to witness the grandest event of the film industry. Let’s have a look at the nominations:

Best Picture

  • Arrival
  • Fences
  • Hacksaw Ridge
  • Hell or High Water
  • Hidden Figure
  • La La Land
  • Lion
  • Manchester by the Sea
  • Moonlight

Best Director

  • Denis Villeneuve for Arrival
  • Mel Gibson for Hacksaw Ridge
  • Damien Chazelle for La La Land
  • Kenneth Lonergan for Manchester by the Sea
  • Barry Jenkins for Moonlight

Best Actor

  • Casey Affleck for Manchester by the Sea
  • Andrew Garfield for Hacksaw Ridge
  • Ryan Gosling for La La Land
  • Viggo Mortensen for Captain Fantastic
  • Denzel Washington for Fences

Best Animated Feature Film

  • Kubo and the Two Strings
  • Moana
  • My Life as a Zucchini
  • The Red Turtle
  • Zootopia

Best Visual Effects

  • Deepwater Horizon
  • Doctor Strange
  • The Jungle Book
  • Kubo and the Two Strings
  • Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

All the nominated actors, directors, animators, writers, filmmakers etc. have their eyes on these prestigious awards. Let the best ones win!

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