Oscars are truly the only cinematic event that are an amalgamation of glam, culture, politics, and art. Every year with the Oscars come a bevy of newness whether during the ceremony, or before, or after – and this time true to precedence – The Academy Awards nominations and the ceremony are making the news for both highs and lows. We break down it for you!
Oscar without a host
Yes, you heard it right! For the first time in nearly three decades, the biggest night in movies, the 91st Academy Awards plan to go without a host. After Kevin Hart stepped down as the host for the night because of severe criticism and backlash due to old homophobic tweets and jokes, the organizer have decided to buck the tradition of having a master of ceremonies. Rather, a crop of A-listers will be selected to introduce various segments on the night of the show.
Best Director? Where’s Bradley Cooper and Peter Farrelly
In general, the Academy showered plenty of love on A Star is Born and Green Book, the former landed eight nominations and the latter drove home with five. That’s why it is so strange to see Bradley Cooper and Peter Farelly ignored when it comes to the Best Director category. Isn’t it usually a prerequisite for a Best Picture win?
Ignoring Timothee Chalamet
Last year, Timothee Chalamet was one of the youngest men to be nominated for Best Actor last year for Call Me by Your Name, but this year? Timothee Chalamet found quite a rougher reception with Beautiful Boy. Neither Chalamet nor Steve Carrell was nominated for their performances in the movie, in which the duo play a son and father coping with addiction.
Wont you be my neighbour? Was left out of Best Documentary
Best Documentary isn’t generally the category that gets us excited, but we believe a lot of Oscar viewers wanted Won’t You Be By Neighbour? to get a nomination. The documentary about Fred Rogers was just the kind of uplifting tribute we all needed last year. But the Academy conspicuously disagrees as it didn’t make to the Best Documentary nominees.
Emily Blunt is still not an Oscar nominee
We mean she got six Golden Globe nominations, three from BAFTA and another three from Screen Actors Guild Awards. In spite of making it in nearly every precursor, Emily Blunt’s name is notably absent from the Best Actress category. The Academy had multiple opportunities to recognize her – Blunt deserved a nomination both for Mary Poppins Returns and A Quiet Place.
Where is the Best Film nomination for If Beale Street Could Talk?
We were quite taken aback to see If Beale Could Talk get so little recognition. The drama did get nomination in the Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Supporting Actress categories. But neither of the film’s leads – KiKi Layne and Stephan James, received any nomination for acting. Even more surprising is that the film was totally overlooked for Best Director and Best Picture.
No female directors nominated
Talks are doing the round on the need for the Academy to recognize women and minorities more. In a way, this year’s list of nominations is encouraging with the prevalence of black actors and filmmakers. But on the other hand, we can’t help but notice the utter lack of women in the Best Director category.
The first Indigenous woman nominated
Alfonso Cuaron’s emotional black-n-white picture about a young housekeeper came out as the ultimate winner as it bagged 10 nominations. But Yalitza Aparicio, the breakout star of the critically acclaimed film Roma stole the limelight. She made history with her Oscar nomination as she is the first indigemmous woman to get a Best Actress nod.