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Who Are “They?”–How Oscars Nominations and Voting Work

Do you think Bradley Cooper deserved a Best Director nomination for his directorial debut in 2018’s poignant retelling of A Star is Born? Were you shocked to see Willem Dafoe’s absence in this year’s Best Actor category after his horrifyingly brilliant performance in The Lighthouse? Oscar nominations and wins can often leave us scratching our heads, but just how are contenders chosen – and by whom? Continue reading Who Are “They?”–How Oscars Nominations and Voting Work

Oscar Watch Party 2020

It’s the Superbowl of the movie industry, game seven of awards season, and the royal wedding of the American red carpet all rolled into one. Love them, hate them, and everything in between, there’s nothing like the Oscars, and we have THE watch party planned for you.

The big screen awards deserve a big screen, so come out to GC 140 at 7PM on Sunday, February 9th and catch the full Oscars broadcast, red carpet and all! We’ll have our own red carpet, photo booth, games, snacks and fun. There will be awards for the most stylish dresser, Oscar trivia, and Oscar predictions. Cheers and jeers encouraged.

This event is co-sponsored by the Film Studies Program, the Graduate English Association, the English Honors Society, the Film Initiative and the Student Programming Council. You’ll be sorry if you miss it!

 

The Oscars Know They’re So White and Don’t Really Care

The Oscars nominations have been out for 2 weeks now and I am still upset. Almost everywhere you look, there is some kind of discussion going on around the lack of equality and diversity paired with calls to fix it. This year’s biggest award show in the film industry is no exception.

The Oscars have come under fire for their lack of diversity on numerous occasions, and soon after the 2020 Nominations were released, the Academy Awards made headlines for all the wrong reasons once again. This year’s nominations seem to be part two of the #OscarsSoWhite fiasco in 2015, with nearly all of the nominations being given to white, male-led, male-directed, and male-focused films.

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A Fantastic Woman: As The Name Implies

Marina Vidal, our Fantastic Woman

As one of this year’s nominees for Best Foreign Film, Sebastián Lelio’s A Fantastic Woman covers a sensitive issue well, delivering a powerful film worthy of its Oscar nod. A Fantastic Woman follows aspiring singer Marina Vidal (Daniela Vega) through her experiences as a transgender woman who wants nothing more than to fulfill her life goals. Unfortunately, when her boyfriend Orlando (Francisco Reyes) suddenly dies, Marina finds herself unable to properly mourn, as Orlando’s family are quick to throw suspicion and scorn towards our protagonist when they discover her gender identity.

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