This year on March 4th, 2018, the 90th Annual Academy Awards took place at the Dolby Theater, in Los Angeles, California. Beginning in 1928 actors, actresses, screenwriters, directors and more showcase their works for the world to see. Many original and fascinating films came out in the course of the previous year. What these people wrote, acted, and directed showed valuable lessons and powerful messages.
‘Get Out’ is about two people in an interracial relationship, who visit the girls’ parents house, and let’s just say it has a twist no one expects. This movie won the award of original screenplay to director and writer Jordan Peele. ‘The Shape of Water’ won the best picture, along with other awards; and is directed by Guillermo del Toro; it’s about a mute woman, whose job is to clean at a high-security laboratory. Her life is changed when she discovers a scaled creature that lives in a water tank. These two movies combined made over $378 million dollars in the box office alone.
“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri’s” Frances McDormand won the academy award for best actress. This is France’s second Oscar and her fifth Oscar nomination. She took home her first Oscar in her leading performance in “Fargo” which came out in 1996. The award for best actor went to Gary Oldman, for his performance in “Darkest Hour”. This is the first Oscar and second nomination for Mr. Oldman. He received his first nomination for his performance in the movie “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy” which was created in 2011. Out of 39 Oscar winners, only six were women.
Determining who wins every category is very challenging, so the voting is in the hands of Academy. The Academy’s full name is the ‘Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science’ (AMPAS). The Academy is made up with 7,000 voting members, all who are film-industry professionals; most of which are US-based. In 2017, 30% of the new members are people of color – but that only equates to 13% of the Academy overall. With this year’s Oscars reaching an all time low in views, at only 26.5 million. One possible reason for such a drastic drop in ratings would be the host of the Oscars. When Ellen DeGeneres was the host the ratings were at the highest of 43.7 million viewers. One possible reason for the decline in ratings is the emergence of online video streaming. Many people do not watch live television anymore, they get updates for winners and nominees on their smartphones or on their computers. Some other factors may be conflicting television times for other popular shows; or who the host is for that specific year.