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Welcome Back and All About the Oscars

Welcome back Grady Girl Gang! We can’t wait to see you all at our first meeting this semester! One of the biggest stories trending this past week was the buzz around the films which circulated the 2020 Academy Award nominations list, particularly the lack of people of color and women to be included in the final nominees. 

The nominees have arrived: 

The race for the Oscars is upon us and many seasoned actors to newcomers are hoping to hold the tiny golden man in their hands by the end of the night on Feb. 24. Films like the Netflix-original drama “Marriage Story” to comedy-thriller “Parasite” are in the running for Best Picture, which is known to be the biggest award of the night. To find the list to watch all the films nominated and start binge-watching before the star-studded night, read here. 

An all too familiar batch of nominees:

The Academy Awards has fallen under fire for its lack of diversity in its nominees, traditionally leaving out women and people of color and unfortunately this year is no different. In the 2020 Oscar lineup, there is one performer of color nomination and is for actress Cynthia Erivo for Best Actress for her performance in “Harriet.” Many film-goers and filmmakers alike took to social media to praise artists like Jennifer Lopez in “Hustlers,” Awkwafina in “The Farewell,” Lupita Nyong’o’s performance in “Us,” Song Kang-ho of “Parasite” and Jamie Foxx in “Just Mercy” despite their lack of nominations. In 2015 and 2016, the award show was even being called “Oscars So White” due to no nominations of people of color for acting within the award show. Many were also curious to director Greta Gerwig’s lack of nomination for Best Director for the remake of the historical-drama of “Little Women,” and as the list for the category is all-male nominations. To read more about the snubs of the 2020 Academy Awards read here. 

2020 Academy Award projected winners: 

So, the most important question of all for avid film fans is, who will actually go home with the award? With films like “Joker,” “Little Women,” “Parasite” and “Marriage Story” having multiple nominations many believe the films will take away the most awards. For the most notable performances of the year, the two actors many news outlets have named the possible winners are between Adam Driver, Joaquin Phoenix, Renée Zellweger and Cynthia Erivo. But, when it comes to the Best Picture award, many news outlets are calling it one of the closest calls we’ve seen in recent Oscars history. Check out Entertainment Weekly’s projected wins and IndieWire’s possible winners. 

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