The 90th Academy Awards

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Jared Arbolario, Staff Writer

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As of 2017, many people involved in movies exceeded the bar of achievement. But, how are they appreciated for their accomplishments? This year, the 90th Academy Awards, hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, took place at the Dolby Theatre, LA, awarding Oscars to those who’ve accomplished exceptional achievement in the motion picture arts.

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The Academy, also known as the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, was founded back in 1927 when movie business was thriving. A variety of people gathered to create an organization in which benefits the industry of film. The first Academy Awards took place on May 16, 1929, at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, where people and their movies were first praised for their works. All the way until this year, the movie industry and it’s creators have been awarded and honored by not only their fans, but also the Academy.

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This year, the Academy is awarding the movies of 2017. Returning from last year, TV host, Jimmy Kimmel ran the show as  nominee after nominee receive their Oscar. This year, actors, directors, and movie designers alike gathered together in the Dolby Theatre. Here are some of the movies that were most noticeable:

The Shape of Water:

Directed by Guillermo del Toro, The Shape of Water won the awards for Directing, Music (Original Score), Best Picture, and Production Design. Not only did this movie win a series of awards, but it was also nominated for Best Actress, Best Supporting Actress, Best Supporting Actor, Best Original Screenplay, Best Cinematography, Best Costume Design, Best Film Editing, and Best Sound Mixing. In the movie, a mute woman named Elisa cleans in a high-security government lab. But in the laboratory, she discovers a mysterious scaled creature. This year, in his speech, del Toro explains how he was inspired by Steven Spielberg, and how he wanted to dedicate to all the young movie makers. “This is a door, kick it open and come in!”

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Making over 500 million dollars, Dunkirk was awarded winner of Best Film Editing, Best Sound Mixing, and Best Sound Editing. Additionally, it was nominated as Best Picture, Best Original Music Score, Best Director, Best Cinematography, and Best Production Design. Directed by Christopher Nolan The movie is about the series of wars in the 1940’s, and the events taking place on the beaches of Dunkirk.

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Darkest Hour

A film about World War II, Gary Oldman plays as Britain’s prime minister, Winston Churchill, in objective to form a peace treaty with the Nazis. Directed by Joe Wright, Darkest Hour was awarded winner of Best Actor and Best Makeup. It was also nominated for Best Picture, Best Cinematography, Best Costume Design, and Best Production Design. During the ceremony, Gary Oldman accepted the Best Actor award and thanked many of his fellow friends and supporters.

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With all these movies receiving all these awards, there are still others with immense importance. One of these includes the short animated film, “Dear Basketball.” But what also made this short special was that it wasn’t produced by some big film organization. It was produced by someone you’d least expect: Kobe Bryant!

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Directed and animated by Glen Keane, alongside Kobe Bryant, narrator and writer, “Dear Basketball” was made with Bryant’s retirement. Up on stage, Bryant made a quick comment on his thanks and inspirations from producers and family.

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Though these movies and films are found important, there are also the other awards given to the many movies of 2017:


Actor in Supporting Role- Sam Rockwell: Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Actress in Leading Role- Frances McDormand: Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Actress in Supporting Role- Allison Janney: I, Tonya

Animated Feature Film- Coco: Lee Unkrich and Darla K. Anderson

Cinematography- Blade Runner 2049: Roger A. Deakins

Costume Design- Phantom Thread: Mark Bridges

Documentary (Feature)- Icarus: Bryan Fogel and Dan Cogan

Documentary (Short Subject)- Heaven is a Traffic Jam on the 405: Frank Stiefel

Foreign Language Film- A Fantastic Woman: Chile

Music (Original Song)- Remember Me, Coco: Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez

Short Film (Live Action)- The Silent Child: Chris Overton and Rachel Shenton

Visual Effects- Blade Runner 2049: John Nelson, Gerd Nefzer, Paul Lambert, Richard R. Hoover

Writing (Adapted Screenplay)- Call Me By Your Name: James Ivory

Writing (Original Screenplay)- Get Out: Jordan Peele

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Though these are just a few examples of the Oscars given out by the Academy, many more movies and their producers were awarded. Because there is the spark of imagination, the creation and innovation in the movie industry has thrived. Thanks to the Academy, we can appreciate these motion pictures with more than just an applause. Though the year of those movies has passed, there are still many more directors that just need that spark to create another amazing movie!


2 Responses to “The 90th Academy Awards”

  1. Moist on March 13th, 2018 9:23 pm

    I think we all know that the best animated film should have gone to the Emoji Movie

  2. SpartanCreeper55 on March 27th, 2018 5:32 pm

    I think Sing!

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