We take a look at what is included in the Oscars each year as well as the awards up for grabs! Reflecting on who took home the awards this year and the much-anticipated front runners for 2019!
The Academy Awards, known as the Oscars, are the pinnacle of the entertainment industry’s awards season, taking place in Hollywood at the end of February every year. Even the nominations ceremony is an event in itself, with actors, directors, and millions of film fans eagerly anticipating who has received a nod.
In this article, we’ll take a look at the different categories of Academy Award, the winners of 2018, and what to expect at next year’s ceremony.
Each year, there are 24 awards up for grabs at the Academy Awards ceremony. There’s also a smaller event, usually two weeks beforehand, at which honorary technical Oscars are awarded.
The most prolific awards are Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress, and of course, Best Film. There’s also Best Supporting Actor and Actress for the on-screen talent. As well as Best Film, there are awards for specific genres of movie, including Documentaries, Animated Films, Short Movies, and Foreign Cinema. For writers, there are awards for the Best Original and Adapted Screenplays.
There are also several awards to honour the technical aspects of cinema, including Best Editing, Cinematography, Visual Effects, Sound Editing and Mixing, Production and Costume Design, and Makeup. For the musicians, there are Oscars for Original Score and Original Song. There’s something for everyone involved in the process of bringing movies to life!
The Stars of 2018
One of the most hotly contested and unpredictable races for Best Film took place in 2018. In the end, The Shape of Water won out, but it was amongst a field of instant classics that included Lady Bird, Get Out, Call Me By Your Name, and multi-award-winning favourite Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.
Less of a surprise was the award for Best Actor, won by Gary Oldman for his performance as Winston Churchill in Darkest Hour. Oldman had scooped up gongs at the BAFTAs, Golden Globes, and Screen Actors Guild Awards.
After taking home the 1997 gong for her work in Fargo, Frances McDormand won the 2018 Best Actress award for her portrayal of Mildred Hayes in Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. Like Oldman, she also won the same award at the Golden Globes, SAGs, and BAFTAs.
Best Director went to Guillermo del Toro for The Shape of Water. Like the Best Film award, this was an extremely tight race. The Shape of Water was actually the overall winner of the night, with four awards; as well as Best Film and Best Director, it won Best Original Score and Best Production Design.
Predictions for 2019
As we move ever closer to the end of the year, it’s time to start thinking about which films, on-screen talent, and production specialists have a chance of taking home an Oscar for the next ceremony in February 2019.
While independent films have historically relied on their own festivals for recognition, they’ve made inroads at the Oscars in recent years. Think of the success of Moonlight and The Shape of Water; even a decade ago, these movies would probably have been overlooked by the Academy. Beautiful Boy, If Beale Street Could Talk, and The Front Runner are independent productions that are shaping up to be strong contenders for Best Film at next year’s Oscars.
Looking at movies from the big studios, there’s a lot of buzz around Black Panther as a dominating force at the Oscars. Ryan Gosling, Robert Redford, and Christian Bale are likely candidates for Best Actor, while Lady Gaga’s performance in A Star Is Born has won universal acclaim and it’s not officially released yet!
Another film to watch out for is Roma, which has been predicted to scoop up best picture, best actress for Yalitza Aparicio and best director for Alfonso Cuaron. They partly autobiographical feature is hot off the back of Gravity which Alfonso won 7 out of 10 nominations at the 2014 Oscars.
But, until then, it’s just an exciting guessing game. The anticipation will really reach its peak in January, when the nominations are announced!
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