The last week in February brings hope for Spring and the Annual Academy Awards, aka The Oscars.
Yes, it’s time for the nominated actors to pine for the golden boy, in the hopes he goes home with them. Many fans say they watch the show to see who wins, but truth be told, most watch to see how the stars are dressed and who they attend the show with. The 89th Academy Awards, hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, will be handed out the night of February 26th at the Dolby Theater in Hollywood.
As usual, there were many worthy actors and movies left out, but there are also wonderful nominees. The nominees for Best Actress in a Leading Role are as follows: Isabelle Huppert for “Elle”; Ruth Negga for “Loving”; Natalie Portman for “Jackie”; Emma Stone for “La La Land”, and Meryl Streep for “Florence Foster Jenkins”. The category is very competitive and I Ruth Negga will pull an upset for “Loving”, but don’t count out Stone for her performance in “La La Land.” The nominees for Best Actor in a Leading Role are the following: Casey Affleck for “Manchester by the Sea”; Andrew Garfield for “Hacksaw Ridge”; Ryan Gosling for “La La Land”; Viggo Mortensen for “Captain Fantastic”, and Denzel Washington for “Fences”. Affleck is the favorite to take home the gold for his role as a troubled uncle, but Washington just may pull an upset. The Best Picture nominees are as follows: “Arrival”; “Fences”; “Hacksaw Ridge”; “Hell or High Water”; “Hidden Figures”; “La La Land”; “Lion”; “Manchester by the Sea”, and “Moonlight.” Personally I am pulling for “Hidden Figures” to win, but the favorite is “La La Land”, a bright and charming musical that hearkens back to the days of classic movie musicals.
No matter which film wins, they are all excellent choices. In some of the other categories, I hope to see Viola Davis win for “Fences” and Dev Patel for “Lions”. If “Can’t Stop the Feeling” from “Trolls” doesn’t win Best Song, the Academy will need to answer for a huge mistake as to why they didn’t award the only hit song in said category. The Oscars sure have come a long way since the first presentation in 1929, when the entire ceremony ran 15 minutes (!). Now the opening monologue by the host can longer.
So prepare yourself for a marathon show and plenty of “and the Oscar goes to…”, and “I don’t have a thank you list prepared, but…”.