Joya Pavia, Features Editor
The culmination of awards season is just around the corner in the 90th Academy Awards hosted by Jimmy Kimmel on Sunday, March 4 at 8 p.m.
“The Shape of Water” leads the pack this year with 13 Oscar nominations, followed by Christopher Nolan’s “Dunkirk” with eight nominations and “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” at seven.
In the lead-up to the biggest night in Hollywood, students at Utica College shared their thoughts and predictions for the Oscars.
Senior Kaprice Martinelli always looks forward to watching the Academy Awards.
“Every year it has been a tradition to watch the Oscars with my family,” Martinelli said. “I’m not sure why it has become a tradition, but I look forward to it every year.”
Martinelli is longing for “Beauty and the Beast” to take home the award for Best Costume Design.
“I know ‘Victoria and Abdul’ is also nominated for the same award, but I’m hoping ‘Beauty and the Beast’ wins,” Martinelli said. “But, ‘Victoria and Abdul’ may have a shot too because it was all in late 1800s, early 1900s and the costumes in the trailers looked exquisite.”
“Call Me by Your Name,” “Darkest Hour,” “Dunkirk,” “Get Out,” “Lady Bird,” “Phantom Thread,” “The Post,” “The Shape of Water” and “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” were all nominated for Best Picture.
Martinelli thinks the movie “Get Out” should just “get out” of this category.
“I know ‘Get Out’ received amazing reviews, but I personally did not enjoy it,” Martinelli said.
Martinelli believes the voters may sway towards Octavia Spencer in the Best Supporting Actress, who portrays a janitor who helps her friend and coworker, played by nominee for Best Actress Sally Hawkins, plan and execute scheme to rescue a mysterious creature kept in the government lab where they work.
Martinelli will also be rooting for “Coco” in the Best Animated Feature category.
“With Disney being the production company for Coco, I think it will automatically win,” Martinelli said. “Disney never does a bad movie, lets be real.”
Junior Robyn Iversen plans on hanging out with her and watching the Awards.
Although Iversen does not typically pay much attention to the award show, she took a look at the nominees for Best Actress.
“Meryl Streep never fails to put on an outstanding performance,” Iversen said. “I also heard ‘I, Tonya’ had good reviews, so Margot Robbie may have a standing chance.”
“Blade Runner 2049,” “Darkest Hour,” “Dunkirk,” “Mudbound” and “The Shape of Water” are all Best Cinematography nominees.
“I’m hoping Dunkirk wins this category,” Iversen said. “They did a beautiful job with scenery and picture in general.”
Like Iversen, senior Mike Senus does not pay attention to the Academy Awards but took a look at some of the nominees and was excited to see the movie “Wonder” was a nominee for the Best Makeup and Hairstyling.
“I saw ‘Wonder’ and really enjoyed it,” Senus said. “I know many schools took students to see the movie adaptation of the book, which makes me feel like it will have the parental vote.”
Senus also took a look at the nominees in the Best Director category, and he is going with Christopher Nolan for “Dunkirk.”
“The man directed ‘The Dark Knight’ trilogy, need I say more?” Senus said. “Unfortunately, Jordan Peele may win the popularity vote especially with all the positive reviews ‘Get Out’ received.”