The Oscars

Abby Wormsbaker, Staff Writer

2017 was a huge year in the film industry, especially for the movies: Get Out, Lady Bird, The Post, Dunkirk, Darkest Hour, Call Me By Your Name, Phantom Thread, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri and The Shape of Water in which all took over most of this year’s nominations along with I, Tonya, Mudbound, and Blade Runner 2049. Through each story that these movies offer, the directors and actor/actress nominated have something special to offer through their hard work as well by such outstanding performances.

Not only is this year a special year for nominations by having a female and POC director being nominated and having more of a diverse platform, this year is also the 90th anniversary of the Academy Awards. That means for 90 years people have been sharing a story through their creative eye, putting heart and soul into performances, working day and night with editing and costumes designs and music that all give such inspiration for young people and even people who are older.

Throughout the night and throughout all of the categories, the movie that took home the most gold was The Shape of Water directed by Guillermo del Toro. The Shape of Water is about a love story between a woman and a water creature in South America. This story is a metaphor about how love has no shape and it can fill any amount of space. It’s a beautiful film about fighting for what you love.

Along with the awards that this film won, Dunkirk and Blade Runner 2049 also took home several awards such as in visual effects and sound mixing.

Although the movies that did win awards deserved it more than anything, there were a few movies, directors, and actors that did not get enough recognition. Lady Bird, written and directed by Greta Gerwig (who is the first female to be nominated for directing in eight years)  did not receive an award this year for the Oscars; however, Call Me By Your Name did win an award for best-adapted screenplay and the director and writer for Get Out Jordan Peele did take home an award for best screenplay.

By the end of the night, awards went out to Gary Oldman, Sam Rockwell, Frances McDormand, and Allison Janney for leading roles and supporting roles. The performances by these people were phenomenal and absolutely well deserved.  

Who knows what 2018 will hold in the film industry but if it is anything like it was in 2017, it will be extraordinary without a doubt.