Another year has passed and we can once again expect the Academy Awards on February 8th. The movies and the people behind them are going to be talked about and discussed for a long time by the movie buffs, much like punters discuss interesting information found in reviews like the 22Bet Bonus Review. What’s marvelous about the Oscars, you may ask? Well, let’s dive into it, shall we?
One of the things that are certain is that there will be no host. This is not unheard of, as the previous Academy Awards ceremony also went without one. It would appear that the organizers and the producers were happy with how things played out last year. There is also the difficulty of choosing a host with no previously known controversies, as Kevin Hart, for example, had to excuse himself from hosting the event amid homophobic tweets posted a decade ago. When we talk about controversy, it doesn’t necessarily mean something people post on social media.
One issue with having a host for a live award show is that they can publicly declare their opinion on a sensitive subject and this could hijack the show entirely. One does not need to look further than the monologue of Ricky Gervais at the Golden Globes which, incidentally, was viewed online far more than the actual award show in its entirety.
The nominees have been out in the open since January 13th, with the Best Supporting Actor being a close call between Joe Pesci and Al Pacino in Irishman, Antony Hopkins in Two Popes, Brad Pitt in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, and Tom Hanks in A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood.
As far as leading actors are concerned, Joaquin Phoenix has made many heads turn with his performance in the Joker, which has 11 nominations overall. Other contenders for the Best Actor in a Leading Role include Antonio Banderas in Pain and Glory, Jonathan Pryce in The Two Popes, Adam Driver in Marriage Story, and Leonardo DiCaprio in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.
Best Actress in a Leading Role will be tough to choose among Scarlett Johansson in Marriage Story and Renée Zellweger in Judy, though we must not rule out Cynthia Erivo, Harriet, Saoirse Ronan, Little Women, nor Charlize Theron, Bombshell.
There are also interesting names in the game for the Best Director, like Quentin Tarantino, Martin Scorsese, Todd Philips, and Sam Mendes. This year, we also get a bit of a welcome surprise in the form of Bong Joon-ho for the movie Parasite, a South Korean thriller/dark comedy.
There have been some concerns that the Academy Awards are once again going into the old ways of only nominating and choosing movies with no leads or directors being people of color. There are a few exceptions to this, however, including the aforementioned Bong Joon-ho and Cynthia Erivo. Hopefully, there will be no outcry this year over Hollywood being too white again.