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With the Golden Globes, the American public is now preparing for their favorite brew of celebrity appearances and film making achievements – the Oscars. But before we get into this year’s Oscars let’s rewind and see the history of the Academy Awards.

The Oscars began in 1929 after the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences was born two years prior. Made solely for the purpose of honoring and admiring the great work done in the Motion Picture Industry, the first Academy Awards were actually fairly small and out of public eyes- tickets being sold for only five dollars. In that first year, fourteen awards were given out- each winner announced three months beforehand. The only real entertainment were the speeches, of which the award show was packed to the brim. In 1953, the Academy Awards were first broadcasted on TV. In 1966, color was added. Following this, interest in the award ceremony grew larger, so the show became about live performances of nominated songs and dance numbers along with over the top opening montages.

As of last year, the Oscars drew in 34.3 million viewers, a low for the award show. The 1998 show still holds the highest viewership- a whopping 57.3 million viewers. There are about 50 categories currently, from Leading Male Actor to Best Film Editing. So, what’s happening in 2017?

This years nominations for numerous categories will be announced January 24th after voting, which closes on the 13th. The 89th Annual Academy Awards will take place February 26th at the Dolby Theatre, also known as the Kodak Theatre, where it has been held since 2002. New shows and movies released causes a dilemma for Oscar predictors. Who will win the golden figure?  The nominees are out!


Lead actor:

Casey Affleck, “Manchester by the Sea”

Andrew Garfield, “Hacksaw Ridge”

Ryan Gosling, “La La Land,”

Viggo Mortensen, “Captain Fantastic”

Denzel Washington, “Fences”


Lead actress:

Isabelle Huppert, “Elle”

Ruth Negga, “Loving”

Natalie Portman, “Jackie”

Emma Stone, “La La Land”

Meryl Streep, “Florence Foster Jenkins”


Movie Nominations:

Manchester by the Sea

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Supporting actor:

Mahershala Ali, “Moonlight”

Jeff Bridges, “Hell or High Water”

Lucas Hedges, “Manchester by the Sea”

Dev Patel, “Lion”

Michael Shannon, “Nocturnal Animals”

Supporting actress:

Viola Davis, “Fences”

Naomie Harris, “Moonlight”

Nicole Kidman, “Lion”

Octavia Spencer, “Hidden Figures”

Michelle Williams, “Manchester by the Sea”


Best director:

“La La Land,” Damien Chazelle

“Hacksaw Ridge,” Mel Gibson

“Moonlight,” Barry Jenkins

“Manchester by the Sea,” Kenneth Lonergan

“Arrival,” Denis Villeneuve


Overall, this year’s Oscar are sure to be eventful and packed with upsets. Don’t forget to watch

the Oscars on February 26th!

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