The 88th Academy Awards is one of the most anticipated events in the film world. Actors, actresses, directors and film crews go to the event hoping to win an Oscar and the prestige that comes along with the award. Of course getting nominated is a huge honor in and of itself, but the Oscar itself is a big honor for many in the entertainment industry. Viewers can put on their television on February 28 at seven PM eastern standard time to see the Oscars.
This year the host of the 88th Academy Award is actor, comedian, director and writer Chris Rock known for his stand up comic routine, starring alongside other big name comedian actors in the two Grown Ups movies, the DreamWorks Madagascar movies in which he plays a Zebra who craves freedom, his long running show Everybody Hates Chris and his latest role in A Very Murray Christmas.
Although Chris Rock is an African American and was likely partly selected by the Academy to create a more diverse show, the nominees for the awards are noticeably lacking diversity. The hashtag “#OscarsSoWhite” started trending on Facebook and Twitter right after the list of nominees was released. Many of the African American top contenders that were expected to be nominated from films like Concussion, Creed and Straight Outta Compton have issued statements of disappointment. The main actor in Concussion -Will Smith- has decided to boycott the Oscars completely this year along with his wife Jada Pinkett Smith. The only actor nominated from Creed is Caucasian actor Sylvester Stallone, who has also expressed disappointment that none of the African American actors in Creed were also nominated. He stated that his acting alongside the talented Michael B. Jordan was what made him work harder in Creed.
The films that are up for Best Picture at this year’s Academy Awards are The Martian, Bridge of Spies, The Big Short, Mad Max: Fury Road, Room, The Revenant, Brooklyn, and Spotlight. The Revenant -which is inspired by the book The Revenant which is also based on the real life of the fur trapper Hugh Glass while he was in South Dakota and Montana- is expected to win for best picture. Spotlight is fairly close behind The Revenant to winning best picture according to people’s expectations.
The best actor category seems to lean very heavily in the direction of Leonardo DiCaprio winning for his portrayal of Hugh Glass in The Revenant. Other actors nominated for the award include the talents of Bryan Cranston in Trumbo as Dalton Trumbo, Matt Damon as Mark Watney in The Martian, Michael Fassbender as Steve Jobs in the likewise titled movie and Eddie Redmayne as Lili Elbe in The Danish Girl.
For the best actress category Brie Larson is the favorite to win for her acting as Ma in the movie Room. Room is the story of a five year old boy named Jack -played by actor Jacob Tremblay- who lives with his Ma in a room that they are being held captive within by a man who abducted Ma. The boy believes the room is the whole world until one day they escape and he discovers the real world. Due to the emotional, mental and physical demands of her role as Ma, Brie Larson highly deserves to win the best actress Oscar. Other contenders for best actress are Jennifer Lawrence as Joy in Joy, Cate Blanchett as Carol in a movie of the same name, Saoirse Ronan in Brooklyn as Eilis and Charlotte Rampling in 45 Years as Kate Mercer.
In the directing category the nominated directors include: Adam McKay for The Big Short, George Miller for Mad Max: Fury Road, Tom McCarthy for Spotlight, Lenny Abrahamson for Room and Alejandro G. Inarritu for The Revenant. Innarritu is expected to win for his direction in The Revenant.
The Hateful Eight score seems to be the most likely to win for best original score, with the score from Star Wars: The Force Awakens also looking favorable in that category. The Best Original Screenplay Oscar is likely to go to Spotlight, which is a film about two reporters who discover a child molestation cover up with the nearby Catholic Archdiocese that shakes up the entire Catholic church. Unsurprisingly Star Wars: The Force Awakens is looking extremely likely to win for best visual effects, although Mad Max: Fury Road is extremely close behind Star Wars. Star Wars: The Force Awakens was somewhat expected to receive a best picture nomination as it was one of the most viewed films of the year and thus the most successful film at the box office.
The movies that will likely be the big winners at the Oscars will most likely be The Revenant due to it’s multiple nominations and believed high odds chances each nomination has of winning. You’ll only know who won what and how wonderful Chris Rock will likely take on the job of hosting though if you check out the Oscars on February 28 at seven PM eastern standard time.