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Oscar Week Countdown: Who’s Going To Win? (Day 4)

The weekend is here and that means we’re just a couple of days away from one of the most important days of the year for Hollywood, The Oscars. Oh, I’m buzzing with excitement. So, on this lovely Friday, I’m going to make some bold predictions for four categories; Best Original Score, Best Animated Film, Best Supporting Actor, and Best Supporting Actress. Enjoy!

The Nominees for Best Original Score:

Black Panther, If Beale Street Could Talk, Mary Poppins Returns, Blackkklansman, Isle of Dogs

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To be fair, I haven’t seen the rest of the movies in this category but even if I did I think I would still give the win to Black Panther. Ludwig Goransson is a phenomenal composer with a particularly powerful ear for music. His collaboration with Marvel to create this heroic yet seamlessly ethnic score is not only brilliant but a work of art as well.

Now, I did watch a little bit of Isle of Dogs and I definitely found the music stunning, considering that the music seemed very much like the narrator of the film. Still, Black Panther wins in my book. 🙂

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Oscar Week Countdown: Who’s Going To Win? (Day 2)

It’s time to predict the winners of two more categories for the Oscars. Today I’m looking to see who the award will go to for these two categories: Adapted Screenplay and Costume Design. Enjoy!

Adapted Screenplay

The Ballad of Buster Scruggs

Tim Blake Nelson in The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018)

The Ballad of Buster Scruggs is a Country Western and it’s always exciting to see Country Westerns nominated for the Oscars. Here’s the film’s synopsis.

Six tales of life and violence in the Old West, following a singing gunslinger, a bank robber, a traveling impresario, an elderly prospector, a wagon train, and a perverse pair of bounty hunters.

While I haven’t seen this movie I’m sure it’s a well-written story.

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‘Gravity’ Is Overrated

I love science-fiction films. There’s something so wildly imaginative of stories set within the science-fiction genre. My love for sci-fi films especially grew after I saw Interstellar for the first time four years ago in IMAX. It was honestly one of the trippiest and most incredible movie experiences I have ever had and even at home it still manages to wow me with its breathtaking visuals, the incredible musical score composed by Hans Zimmer, and its compelling story with a conclusion that makes me cry every time I watch it.

Since Interstellar I have become fascinated with science-fiction films that take imagination to the next level and try to tell an engaging story that leaves an impact on you. It’s why I went to see The Martian and Arrival in the movies theater and for the most part, enjoyed both of those films wholeheartedly.

Over the years I have heard brief mentions of a science-fiction movie that was supposed to be really good and that movie was Gravity. Yesterday I was scrolling through a bunch of free movies that were available to watch on my cable-device, Youtube TV, and to my great surprise, I ran into Gravity. I was elated. Finally, I would be able to see this movie that was supposedly so good it garnered 10 Oscar nominations, 7 of those 10 nominations becoming wins. I’ll talk about these nominations a little later but first I have to give you my opinion on the movie.

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The Oscars are Getting an Awesome Change

Have you got tired of watching The Oscars because at the end of the day the movies that are being nominated for Best Picture are movies you most likely haven’t seen? Well, after last year’s Oscars got some of the worst viewings in its history it seems they understand that the average moviegoer doesn’t care about the “profound” group of movies they have in the Best Picture category.

Last year’s Best Picture nominations went to some movies that looked legitimately interesting but overall the best film of 2018 was The Shape of Water. If you’re unclear what movie that is it’s literally about a deaf woman who falls in love with a fish man. It sounds harmless enough right? Wrong. I was going to rent this movie but when I found the film was just a demented and inappropriate sex fest between these two main characters I decided not to put myself through that visual torture. In short, it’s basically Beauty and the Beast for adults.

I don’t know, maybe it is good, but was it really worth the Best Picture? And yes, the Academy has responded well to the #OscarsSoWhite criticism by incorporating more people of color in the various categories but The Oscars, which used to be such a momentous occasion, has now become a snoozefest.

Well, if you were one of the people who didn’t watch The Oscars last year ’cause you simply weren’t interested you’ll be glad to hear these astounding changes.

First, The Oscars will now be pushed to an earlier date February 9 which is good because it felt a little late in the year.

Secondly, The Oscars will only be a three-hour show rather than dragging along until midnight which is a HUGE relief.

And then finally, the biggest and most exciting change is that The Oscars will now incorporate a ‘Popular Film Achievement’ category. That means movies like Black Panther and Mission: Impossible-Fallout can be recognized at The Oscars. That gives the event something to look forward to when there’s a chance that your favorite movie could actually walk away with a golden Oscars statue for acknowledgment.

I can’t wait to see which films enter this category but it can be safely said that Black Panther will definitely be one of them.

All in all, this is great news and I can’t wait to see The 2019 Oscar nominations next year. It’s going to be so much fun! 🙂

I hope this made you as excited as it made me and I thank you for reading. Have a beautiful day.

Should ‘Black Panther’ Have A Huge Presence At The Oscars?

When Marvel introduced Black Panther in Captain America: Civil War I don’t think Kevin Feige and the other minds behind Marvel Studios knew exactly the cultural phenomenon they were creating, as Kevin Feige has said that he didn’t think Black Panther would do as well as it ended up doing. Black Panther is the highest rated superhero movie on Rotten Tomatoes with a whopping 97% and is the second highest grossing superhero film of all time just behind Avengers: Infinity War which has made north of $2 billion (an incredible feat.) The reason why Black Panther is hailed with such praise isn’t simply because it’s the first predominantly black superhero blockbuster but it was also a very well written story with complex villains and ideals that shed a light on both fictional and real world problems.

Kevin Feige has already said that he believes Black Panther is the best film the MCU ever made (which I totally agree with) and now he’s considering presenting it to The Academy for Oscar consideration. But should Black Panther be part of the Oscar conversation? I think it should definitely be considered for more than just visual and sound effects, for a lot of hard work went into the making of this film.

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