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Award Season is Upon Us

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The time has come to bring out the popcorn and to dig out the Snuggies from where we all left them in 2008, because it’s the season of film! This is when all of last year’s greatest films get to be celebrated, including movies that range from motion pictures to foreign films. All the components that help make a movie come together such as score, screenplay, costumes, and production design are also honored. These are some of the nominated movies that you should add to watch on your bucket list: La La Land, Hidden Figures, Florence Foster Jenkins, Sully, Jackie, Lion, Fences, Manchester by the Sea, Moonlight, Zootopia, Moana, Finding Dory, and Sing. These movies are all the talk right now, so if you want to stay with it you need to watch these movies.

Here’s a little rundown about each movie.

  • La La Land: An aspiring actress meets a jazz pianist who grow together as their careers unfold.
  • Hidden Figures: Based on a true story, a team of African American women help supply NASA with the information they need and work with them to successfully launch the program’s first space mission.
  • Florence Foster Jenkins: Based on a real woman, this comedic tale follows a New York woman and her road to becoming an opera singer, even though she actually has a terrible singing voice.
  • Sully: The true story of how an airplane pilot had to unexpectedly land his plane full of passengers on the Hudson River.
  • Jackie: The events that occurred in real life, regarding Jackie Kennedy and her husband John F. Kennedy, are seen through her eyes.
  • Lion: An uplifting story about how a five year old boy gets lost on a train going thousands of miles across India. Twenty five years later after being raised with a new family, he is determined to find his lost family and return home.
  • Fences: In the 1950s Pittsburgh, an African American man and his family deal with life’s obstacles along with the racial barriers of that time.
  • Manchester by the Sea: After the death of a loving father, his brother finds out that he is the sole guardian of his late brother’s sixteen year old son. He then decides to move back to their hometown and deal with issues from his past while embracing this newfound bond that resulted in the death of his brother between he and his nephew.
  • Moonlight: The story of a boy’s growth told across three prominent chapters in his life, dealing with love and identity.
  • Zootopia: An animated family film about how no matter where you come from, you can always fulfill your dream. It also lightly touches on real life topics such as diversity.
  • Moana: A story about the voyage a girl takes on the ocean with her hero, that shows how the power of love in a friendship can accomplish anything.
  • Finding Dory: Come on, if you don’t know what this is about, something has to change in your life.
  • Sing: A koala decides to hold a singing competition for the world’s animals in order to save his theater, all while sharing the gift of music.

So you see, you do not have much time to waste. All of these movies are so unique and are extremely deserving of their nominations. Award season has officially begun so here’s a play by play of the events to look out for.

It all starts with the Critics’ Choice Awards. This is the first show of the season and this year it was held on December 11th. After that is the Golden Globes. This is always the first award show of the new year, and this year it was on January 8th. Then there is the Screen Actors Guild Awards, commonly known as the SAG’s. It is the next show to air and will be held on January 29th. Next up is the BAFTA Awards which stands for British Academy of Film and Television Arts. It will take place on February 12th. Last but not least, is the 89th Annual Academy Awards! This year the Academy Awards will be featured on February 26th. This is the last award show of the season, although the Tony and Emmy Awards will come later in the year. The Academy Awards nominees have not come out yet but they are scheduled to be released on January 24th.

This past Sunday night, the Golden Globes occurred with a star studded show. ‘La La Land’ set a historic record, winning the most awards in the history of the Globes! They were nominated for seven awards and won every single one of them. Some of these awards include Best Motion Picture-Musical or Comedy, Best Director-Motion Picture, Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture-Musical or Comedy, Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture-Musical or Comedy, and Best Original Score-Motion Picture just to say a few.

Here is the link if you would like to see the rest of the nominees and winners of the 2017 Golden Globes: http://www.goldenglobes.com/winners-nominees

Here is the link if you would like to see the nominees and winners of the 2016 Critics Choice Awards:  http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/lists/critics-choice-awards-2016-film-winners-complete-list-955065/item/best-picture-critics-choice-noms-2016-951821

Abigail Barrett (276)
Staff Writer

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