Breakdown of Controversy and Nominations of the 2019 Oscars

Elizabeth Amstutz, Staff writer

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The 91st Academy Awards, the Oscars, will be held on Sunday, Feb. 24, 2019. It will air live on ABC. The event will be held at the Dolby Theatre in the heart of Hollywood. According to an article posted by Variety, the show will be hostless. Prior to this announcement, comedian and actor Kevin Hart was scheduled to host, until dropping out following the backlash from the media after the resurfacing of his homophobic tweets. This will be the first session of Academy Awards without a host, sending mixed emotions through audiences and well known members of show business alike. Nominations for the Oscars were announced early Jan. 22, marking an important day to the film community. Roma, a Netflix mexican film, and The Favourite, a period drama are both tied for most nominations with ten each. The film Black Panther made history as the first superhero film to ever be nominated for best picture. Other films nominated for best picture include BlacKkKansman, Bohemian Rhapsody, The Favourite, Green Book, A Star Is Born, and Vice.

Although there is no clear frontrunner, the two films with the largest grossing online audiences rooting with them are arguably A Star Is Born and Bohemian Rhapsody. Bohemian Rhapsody, is a biopic telling the story of the infamous british rock band Queen, focussing on the lead singer, the deceased and fabulous Freddie Mercury. The film stars Rami Malek, who has previously won the Golden Globe and S.A.G. award for his performance and has also been nominated for an Oscar in the best leading actor category. The film does have its share of controversy in the industry with the firing of their director, Bryan Singer. In addition to abandoning the film during production, Singer is also accused of sexual assault, raising red flags to the eyes of audience members as well as other members of the industry. Although fired, Singer’s name remains on the film but he has not been nominated or seen in attendance to any of the recent award shows.

The second film, A Star Is Born, received eight nominations. The film starring Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper earned them each a best actor nomination. This is the third remake of A Star Is Born, telling a love story between struggling artists in the industry. The beautiful music and heart wrenching story has audience members continuing to stream the soundtrack since the films release in October. The original song, “Shallow,” took home the Golden Globe for best original song. The song is also nominated at the Oscars. This film marks Cooper’s directing debut, although he was not nominated for the Oscar in the directing category. This picture has many film fans on the edge of their seats, and hoping for a decent outcome this award season.

With all controversy set aside, this seasons award shows have shown a great amount of diversity in the nominees. The diversity may be bringing new audiences into movie theatres, as well as raising the amount of viewings of the televised award shows. Critics and audiences alike will continue to be curious of the overall energy of the Oscars this February.