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The 88th Oscars: What to expect?

The 88th Academy Awards will be shown on February 28, 2016 (photo/Google Images)

The 88th Academy Awards will be shown on February 28, 2016 (photo/Google Images)

Sunday plans?  If not, February 28 will be a great opportunity to witness the 88th Academy Awards on ABC at 7 p.m.  From Chris Rock hosting the show, to Leonardo DiCaprio being nominated once again, the show will be worth tuning into.  Here is a little insight as to what’s been happening in the world of Hollywood and its top contenders.    

There are many great films produced this year, but the Oscars recognizes not only the blockbusters, but smaller budgeted films and performers whose work is worthy of recognition.  The film with the most nominations this year goes to The Revenant, with 12 Oscar nominations, which includes Leonardo DiCaprio’s nomination as best male actor.  DiCaprio has been nominated several times in this category and has been unsuccessful despite his iconic performances.  Is this his winning year?  Or will Matt Damon’s performance in The Martian (nominated for 7 Oscars) rise as the victor? 

Besides Damon and DiCaprio, all the male actors in this category are potential winners: Bryan Cranston for Trumbo, Michael Fassbender for Steve Jobs, and Eddie Redmayne, for his role in The Danish Girl; Redmayne won last year for his performance of Stephen Hopkins.  Will he win the golden statue once again?  Or is it truly the year for DiCaprio? 

George Miller’s Mad Max was an exhilarating and familiar film.  The film didn’t disappoint.  Having 10 nominations, including best picture, it is certain to leave the show with a few golden statues.  But does it have the potential to win best picture?

This movie season had many great female performers, but this year the award for best actress seems to be between Jennifer Lawrence’s performance in Joy versus Cate Blanchett’s performance in Carol.  Both have already won Oscars in the past, but will Blanchett or Lawrence claim a second one?  Or will the award go to Brie Larson and her haunting performance in Room?

Animated movies have dominated the box office in the past, and this year is no different.  Pixar’s Inside Out was a success at the box office, but will it win Pixar another award?  One threat for Pixar would definitely be Studio Ghibli’s tearjerker film, When Marnie was There

Original songs are iconic for films, and this year the competition for best original song is more intense than ever.  Sam Smith, The Weeknd and Lady Gaga all hold nominations for their original songs.  Smith won the Golden Globe for Writings on the Wall, a song created for the James Bond film Spectre. Yet in recent news, Lady Gaga’s song Til It Happens To You has sparked media and political attention due to its powerful message addressing campus rape.  Both Smith, Gaga and The Weeknd are set to perform their songs at the show. 

Many other well-known films have been nominated for various awards, such as: Star Wars: The Force Awakens, The Hateful Eight, Straight Outta Compton, Antman, and The Avengers: Age of Ultron.  From visual effects, cinematography, and screenwriting, the competition will be tough for these films. 

Book to movie adaptations seem slightly overwhelming and overrated, but not this year.  One film to definitely watch out for is Carol, a tale of two female lovers and their relationship, based off the novel “The Price of Salt."  Taking eleven years to fully develop into a screenplay, it has six academy awards. 

A second book to movie adaptation is “Room.”  The haunting story of a mother providing her son a safe, normal childhood, trying to conceal the fact they are captives, locked in a room for years.  The story follows their struggles of Brie Larson’s character, Ma, living a normal life inside and outside the room while raising her son. 

This year will be a memorable year for the movies.  Tune into ABC on Sunday, Feb. 28 at 7 p.m. eastern time to see the full show and root for your favorite film. 

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