Words: Julia Stitely
An Oscar is one of the most prestigious awards someone in the film industry can earn. Every February, creators from all around celebrate the movies of the year that spark interest. 2017 was an astounding year in film which makes the competition more heated.
What most viewers focus on is the Best Picture award. Fifteen movies are in the running for the main prize. World War II dramas Dunkirk and The Darkest Hour are two nominated. Movies with female main characters like Lady Bird, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, and Shape of Water are up against others like Call Me by Your Name, Get Out, Phantom Thread and The Post.
This Oscar season is also groundbreaking in the director category. It is only the fifth time a woman (Greta Gerwig, Lady Bird) and an African American (Jordan Peele, Get Out) have been nominated for Best Director.
Unlike last year, which had obvious spotlight films like Moonlight and La La Land, the winner this year seems blurry. The Academy could go with the creative storytelling of Get Out, the performances of Three Billboards, the action of Dunkirk, or the passion of The Post.
But Sophomore Kruthi Mattupalli already has an idea for the winner. She has “high hopes” that Lady Bird will win the gold for Best Picture. “I’ve heard good things about the movie. It even won two Golden Globes for Best Motion Picture and Best Actress.”
It may be too early in the race to ultimately know who will win. What we know now is that all of these films are amazing enough to be nominated and marks a year of change in the film industry.
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