Oscars Still Relevant in Spite of Declining Ratings

The end of award season is rolling in with the 90th Academy Awards next in line on the schedule for Sunday, March 4, 2018. Arguably one of the biggest award shows, side by side with the Grammys as an honorable award to receive for a music artist, the Oscars never fail to leave fans questioning whether the winnings are deserved.

Because of the controversies circling around the motion picture industry from allegations of sexual harassment to lack of diversity, the Oscars may have lost its relevance. A poll was done on Instagram to find out how many people were going to watch the ceremony this Sunday and 70 percent voted no. Only a theory, but nonetheless inconclusive, top grossing movies and popular actors are snubbed for reasons unknown and conjuring conspiracies, which possibly contributes to its pertinence.

With only two months into the new year, changes are already underway this award season. The #MeToo movement has not only helped women to get their voices to be heard, but also gaining power through confidence, which was shown on this year’s Screen Actors Guild Award, commonly known as SAG awards. Where in addition to a female host, there were all-female presenters, leading a show that was a first in its history.

This year, the Oscars has shown a change with its diverse lineup after arguments of there being all-white nominees in recent shows. The negative attention from prior years brought on the hashtag, #OscarsSoWhite floating around social media, and the attention was quickly brought to The Academy, causing the representation of more people of color on this year’s nomination list.

The Academy announced their nominations for Best Picture and the nominees are: “Call Me By Your Name,” “Darkest Hour, Dunkirk,” “Get Out,” “Lady Bird, Phantom Thread,” “Streep Hanks,” “The Shape of Water,” and “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.”

A film in a league of its own, “Get Out,” directed by Jordan Peele, is making another appearance after winning several other awards. Peele is nominated for Best Directing and Writing Original Screenplay. Get Out’s lead actor, Daniel Kaluuya is also nominated for Actor in a Leading Role. Get Out has been a favorite to many because of its chilling horror, comedic relief, and awareness of modern liberal racism.

But in the midst of the movement for women empowerment, it was much too many peoples’ surprise that Wonder Woman was not up for nomination after being ranked 3rd in top movies of 2017, but Logan made an appearance on the lineup, nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay.

Other nominees, such as Saoirse Ronan, nominated for Best Actress in a Leading Role in Lady Bird, respectfully earned her spot through pure talent as well as other women, not excluding women of color. Octavia Spencer and Mary J. Blige are up for nomination and also Blige’s first appearance as an Oscar nominee.

Aside from the ceremony itself, the red carpet is the best bit. The beautiful gowns and crisp suits by famous designers always spark viewers interest. We all want to know who somebody is wearing and how creative celebrities get incorporating their personal style. And let’s face it, we all love a good gossip and want to see the possibly new couples walking the carpet, tweeting afterwards how they’re “goals.”

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