Oscars takes spotlight

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The Oscars is a momentous occasion for many individuals in Hollywood, and the ceremony has set the stage again to award favored actors, actresses, producers and writers for their hard work.

This past week, the Oscars held their 90th awards ceremony for the many individuals and groups that are a part of the Hollywood industry. The Oscars feature 24 different categories that individuals can be nominated for under specific guidelines. These categories range from general best picture to makeup and hairstyling.

Not only do they vote and give out awards for work in the movie industry, but they also give the spotlight to those on the red carpet, noting individuals based on reputation and attire. Notable figures on the red carpet this year included Jennifer Lawrence, Margot Robbie, Jane Fonda, Lupita Nyong’o, Lin-Manuel Miranda and Danai Gurira.

One of the main attractions of the Oscars is hands-down the award for best picture, taking into account all the films that had been produced in the past year. This year’s Oscar for best picture went to “The Shape of Water,” produced and written by Guillermo del Toro and J. Miles Dale. “The Shape of Water” also received awards for best directing, music (original score) and production design.

The other few attractions of the Oscars is also the awards for best actor and actress in a leading role. Gary Oldman received best actor for his role as Winston Churchill during World War II in “Darkest Hour.” However, this win has brought about backlash after a domestic-abuse charge has resurfaced against Gary Oldman.

Hollywood does not turn a blind eye to the animated arts, however. In the Oscars’ category of best animated film, the film “Coco,” produced by Lee Unkrich and Darla K. Anderson, stole the spotlight. “Coco” features the protagonist, young Miguel Rivera, as he lives in a family that has banned music, and after disobeying this rule, he is transported to the Land of the Dead and must appease his dead ancestors in order to get back home. The film also won the award for best music (original song.)

Other notable winners include “Dunkirk” which won awards for best sound mixing, sound editing and film editing, “Get Out” which won the award for best writing (original screenplay), and “Blade Runner 2049” which won the awards for best cinematography and visual effects.


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