And the Winner is…

With the new year now in full swing, that means the arrival of the long awaited
award show season. This is a time to tune in and root for your favorite films, albums, actors, and artists and possibly watch them take home the biggest awards in the business. With the Golden Globes airing in January gave some insight on who will take home arguably the most prestigious cinematic award, the Oscar. The Screen Actors Guild Awards, which also aired in January, is another indicator of who could win at the Oscars on February 24th. Although if you’re not a big movie fan, you could be looking forward to watching the Grammys on February 10th to see the best singers and bands in all their glory.

When it comes to award shows, most students go out of their way to watch or
listen to whatever movies, shows, or albums are nominated in order to keep up with pop culture, but some students don’t really care that much and just wait to see who won after the fact.

“To me it’s always interesting to see which way the Academy leans when it comes
to specific movies and songs that I feel are award worthy so I’d like to see if they make, in my opinion, the correct choice,” Joseph Rana, a senior film major, said. “I feel as a filmmaker I like to see what kind of movies this very prestigious academy gives recognition to the most, and that could possibly influence my work.”

Other FSSA students agreed that it’s because of their major, whether it be film,
drama, vocal, etc., that seeing how the “professionals” are awarded helps students wishing to be like them someday. Being able to see how performers and filmmakers portray what they want inspires those who want to be like them.

Most students think that it’s simply just fun to analyze the nominees and form opinions and predictions, especially when it involves you favorite performers. It’s also exciting when you see one of the nominated films or listen to an album and you genuinely loved it and want to see it win.

“If the movie or song that I thought was going to win or I wanted to win lost, I
wouldn’t change my opinion on it because it’s just an award show,” said senior vocal major, Lauren Torres, “If I liked it personally, then that’s all that matters to me.”

A popular contender for awards is famed singer and now actress, Lady Gaga. Her
film, A Star is Born, received high praise for the music and acting. Being Gaga’s film debut, she wowed audiences with her acting ability enough to earn her a Golden Globe nomination and even a win for best original song.

She’s also nominated for best actress and A Star is Born for best picture at the Oscars. To top it all off, Gaga is also nominated for five Grammys.

Marvel’s hit, Black Panther, which was praised for its groundbreaking
primarily black cast, did not manage to take home any Golden Globes, but went on to win outstanding performance by a cast at the SAG awards. It was nominated for best picture at the Oscars, making it the first superhero movie to ever be nominated for best picture The soundtrack is also for the Grammy album of the year.

Bohemian Rhapsody, the biopic on the rock band Queen, took home best picture drama and best actor at the Globes, upsetting the expected winner, A Star is Born. Rami Malek, who portrayed frontman, Freddie Mercury, was critically acclaimed for his performance and is now a definite contender for Oscar gold after winning the Golden Globe and SAG award for best actor.

Other Oscar nominees include, Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Glenn Close,
Viggo Mortensen and Mahershala Ali. But, whether or not they’ll win, you’ll have to tune in to find out, or see if it’s on Twitter the next day.

– by Diana DeLuca ’19

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