What to Look for at the 90th Annual Academy Awards

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The 90th Annual Academy awards is going to be quite interesting.  This is a post #me too Hollywood, one where all the ugliness of sexual harassment have been aired out in public; making for quite an interesting award ceremony.

There will be no sign of Harvey Weinstein or Kevin Spacey anywhere near the Dolby Theater in Hollywood, after a year of sordid tales of sexual harassment that rocked the industry, however the E! networks decided to go ahead and let Ryan Seacrest host the Pre-Oscars Red Carpet interview show, since some believe the accusations against him were totally baseless, including the E! Network itself, who ran an investigation into the accusations.

Leaders of the Time’s Up organization on Thursday said their movement and legal defense fund will be highlighted during the telecast for the 90th annual Academy Awards on Sunday, according to Variety Magazine. The woman’s activist group has raised over $21 million for their legal fund since it’s inception.

Though unspecified what the moment during the Oscars ceremony would involve, leaders said they had worked with the show’s producers to bring attention to their cause.

Hosting the event this year, is rabid Anti-Trump liberal  & late night talk show host Jimmy Kimmel, he promised to make no jokes about the sexual harassment in Hollywood, no Weinstein jokes, no mention of any of it, however he promised to insult President Trump.  Kimmel, hosted one of the lowest rated  Oscars  shows ever in 2017,  as many in America are disgusted by Hollywood’s politics. One must speculate if the Anti-Trump sentiment combined with the tales of sexual harassment will sink the Oscars ratings even lower this year?

Many are scratching their heads wondering why Warren Beatty and Faye Dunnaway are once more presenting the award for  Best Picture. Last year there was a major debacle when they presented the award.  Faye opened the envelope and announced “La La Land” as the winner last year, while, “Moonlight” actually was the winner.

What about the movies and performances?  Let’s look at some of the more interesting nominees in this years award ceremony.

Guillermo del Toro’s  science fiction-romance film, “The Shape OF Water”  picked up 13 nominations, including best picture, best director, and best leading actress for Sally Hawkins. While several science fiction movies have been nominated in the past, none has ever won Best Picture.

In another rarity Jordan Peele’s  horror film which deals with race issues, “Get Out”  was nominated 5 times, including Best Picture. Only one time in the academy’s 90 year history has a horror movie won  Best Picture, and that was “Silence of The Lambs” in 1992.

There are several firsts in this years award show.  The first ever African American Female was nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay. Dee Rees, the director and writer of “Mudbound, is the first black woman to be nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay, having adapted “Mudbound” from Hillary Jordan’s novel of the same name. Rees joins Suzanne de Passe, one of the screenwriters behind 1972’s” Lady Sings the Blues”, as only the second black woman to be nominated for screenwriting. Rachel Morrison is the first woman to ever be nominated for best Screenplay  for “Mudbound” as well .

Double Oscar nominee Mary J. Blige was recognized twice for her contributions to Mudbound,nominated for Best Supporting Actress and Best Original Song, first  time someone was nominated for an acting  performance and a song .

Not only is “Get Out” a rare horror genre nomination, Jordan Peele is  the first black person to ever be nominated for directing, writing, and producing in the same year. The writer-director-producer-actor is only the third person to pull this off on their first feature as a director. Peele is only the fifth black person to be nominated for Best Director, joining John Singleton, Lee Daniels, Steve McQueen, and Barry Jenkins on that list. (No black woman has ever been nominated.) If he wins, he will be the first black director in history to win the award.

“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri” –  the comedy-drama with  Frances McDormand and Woody Harrelson is the favorite to win Best Picture.  You can see the entire list of nominees and categories here, courtesy of Forbes







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