It's that magical time of the year again: a film buff's Christmas, the Academy Awards a.k.a. the Oscars!
And this year, it's the 90th anniversary! Having watched almost 20 ceremonies, I can say that I am still excited to watch, as the Oscars are never dull! Especially after last year's Envelope Gate, I am sure that everyone will tune in to see if anyone will match last year's mess up! This year's producers will surely try to beat 2017 telecast viewership, which was 32,9 million, which was the second lowest rating since 1974.
With blockbuster hits competing for Best Picture such as Dunkirk and Get Out, the viewers will surely tune in and it's no harm including in the presenters list Black Panther stars Chadwick Boseman and Lupita Nyong’o, or mega stars Sandra Bullock, Matthew McConaughey and Emma Stone and nerd king, Mark Hammil.
Talking about the nominees though, however "certain" as the winners seem after the Golden Globes, the SAG awards and the BAFTA, there will always be surprises. Right now, the categories that seem more uncertain to me, are Best Picture & Best Directing. There is a big possibility that Guillermo del Torro will win both Directing and Best Picture for The Shape Of Water, but what if the Academy wants to send a message and award Greta Gerwig for Lady Bird in Best Directing? Or what if Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri not only win the Best Actress in A Leading Role award, Best Original Screenplay and potentially Best Actor in a Supporting Role (if the Academy chooses to ignore Willem Dafoe's amazing performance in The Florida Project) but also Best Picture? Less suprising things have happened (2005's winner Crash!).
In regards to the other major categories, as I said I believe that Frances McDormand will be awarded Best Actress in a Leading Role, the Best Actor award will either go to Gary Oldman for Darkest Hour or to Daniel Day-Lewis for Phantom Thread, the Best Actor in a Suppoting Role will go either to Sam Rockwell or Woody Harrelson for Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri or to Willem Dafoe for The Florida Project. The Best Actress in a Supporting Role award surely go to Allison Janney for I, Tonya, as much as I would like to see the queen Mary J. Blige make a surprising win.
But this year there are also some interesting numbers and statistics for the ceremony and the nominees:
Talking about nominations records, there are some "special" records that some hold, for more times having lost. Everyone remembers the memes and the 2014 hashtag #PoorLeo for Leonardo DiCaprio losing his fifth Oscar from Matthew McConaughey. Luckily he stack at 5 nominations without an award as in 2016 he won his first Oscar for The Revenant. A big Oscar loser is also the queen of nominations Meryl Streep, who has 21 nominations (including this year's) and has lost 17 times. The biggest loser of them all though, is Academy Award veteran composer John Williams, who has been nominated for the astonishing number of 51 Oscars and has lost 46 Oscars! If you think of the fact that he has been nominated more than half of the years that the Oscars have been given, I would say that it's not too shabby! And he holds the record for more nominations for a single living person! Only Walt Disney who died in 1966, earned more nominations than Williams - 59 to Williams' 51.
Apart from those who get nominated constantly and win a lot, there are some other artists that have been contantly snubbed by the Academy. Orson Welles, the greatest director ever (to my humble opinion) never received an Academy Award for Direction - he only got for Screenplay for Citizen Kane. Sir Alfred Hitchcock also never received a Best Direction Academy award - he was only awarded with a special lifetime achievement award when the Academy tried to redeem themselves.
Some other artists who have shockinlgy never won yet are:
That's it for Oscars history lesson for today, happy Oscars Sunday!!
Sources: NY Post, Time
Ever since I first set foot on a cinema theatre, I knew that something magical was happening there....