The 86th Academy Awards are upon us, and Sunday is the big day. However, with the weather in Los Angeles, the parties, and other festivities, the Oscars are in full swing right now. All the stars have aligned for this one moment. Everything has to be perfect, or at least as close to perfect as possible. The ladies are sure of a few things at this current moment – the votes are in, their dates are prepared, and it is all about the dress. That is the first unofficial award granted to the most elegant of them all. Expect to see the female attendees to be fitted in their Sunday best for the Oscars. Often times, people remember what the nominees wore more than who won. Nevertheless, the Oscars is not a fashion show, but is indeed an award show.
This year’s show is sure to entertain with such an entertaining, creative, and energetic host as Ellen DeGeneres. There will not be a dull moment due to jokes from Ellen and performances from Pharell Williams, U2, Karen O, and India Menzel, who are the four artists performing the songs that are nominated this year. Outside of the anticipation of who will win each category, this Oscar Sunday also marks another special day. March 2nd is also the 75th anniversary of The Wizard of Oz, and there will be a tribute to the 1939 classic. As if that was not enough excitement for most people, the Oscars will also be streaming live for the first time, which means that viewers will be able to see behind-the-scenes interviews and additional non-televised coverage.
Moving on to the center of attention on this special occasion, which is the nominees. They are of the greatest importance. Many of the nominees have multiple nominations in both minor and major categories. They all hope to take home the hardware, but of course everyone cannot win, which increases the intensity of the competition. However, most of the movie critics have weighed in and made their predictions on each main category. The main categories may be the same each year, but it is still interesting to see who gets those Oscar nods.
Some of the most popular movies among the Academy are 12 years a Slave, American Hustle, and Gravity. Although those are not the only movies with nominations, they are highly favored among most voters. These three films have single-handedly dominated the Oscars this year. The Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Actress, and supporting roles also come from these amazing films. 12 years a Slave is favored to win the Best Picture award. Best Director is anticipated to belong to Alfonso Cuaron for Gravity. Matthew McConaughey is the favorite for Best Actor for his role in The Dallas Buyer’s Club, while Cate Blanchett’s performance in Blue Jasmine is the critics’ choice for Best Actress. Sweetheart Jennifer Lawrence also wowed the critics and is thought to be the front runner for Best Supporting Actress for her role in American Hustle.
After the dust settles and everything is said and done, it is time to move on to the Oscar after-parties. There will not be a shortage of parties for Hollywood’s elite to attend. Elton John is throwing his 22ndAIDS Foundation Viewing Party. This Oscars bash is an all-red affair that raises money for his AIDS charity. Another popular party will be The Governor’s Ball, which is the official after-party for the Oscars. There is also some fun to be had at the Vanity Affair party, which has the reputation of being the unofficial Oscar after-party. If there is any party left in these A-listers, Madonna has a private annual party at her manager Guy Oseary’s mansion. All of these festivities should serve as the perfect cap to an already amazing evening.
Commentary by Schelett Rickenbacker