The 90th annual Academy Awards are set to air on 4 March 2018. With last year’s envelope mishap being one of the biggest talking points, hopefully the art will take centre stage this year. Nonetheless, the Oscars are always plagued with controversy of some sort. Whether it be alleged Oscar nomination snubs, or this year’s rise in women’s issues coverage. The Academy Awards will be hosted by Jimmy Kimmel for the second year running. Here’s everything you need to know about the 90th annual Oscars, besides the actual nominees.
Jimmy Kimmel is hosting the Oscars for the second time in a row. Building up to the prestigious award ceremony, early promos seem to jokingly suggest that anything could go wrong. This comes after last year’s announcement of La La Land as the Best Picture, only to be corrected as Moonlight winning the award. Kimmel has expressed some anxiety on how to approach this year’s ceremony, being stuck between commenting on last year’s mistake or just ignoring it. Either way, last year’s mix-up will still be a topic of discussion.
Another powerful narrative that has overtaken recent awards ceremonies is that of women’s issues. After the widespread coverage of the #MeToo movement, many A-list celebrities carried the momentum forward by launching the Time’s Up initiative. These included the likes of producer Shonda Rhimes, director Ava DuVernay and actor Reese Witherspoon. Besides the open letter written to the New York Times, prominent actresses were urged and followed through with a symbolic move to all wear black at the recent Golden Globes. This was a step for solidarity and a time to ignore the fashion police.
Every year at the Oscars, plenty of brilliant films and performances go unrecognised. While tastes may differ, a lot of people have found fault with the lack of nominations for Wonder Woman. This comes in a climate where the roof has been blown off on sexual harassment and gender inequality within the industry. 2017 was a year woman raised their voices against the injustices in the industry. Not that the Wonder Woman film needed any socio-political back story to be nominated, but this surely made its absence from the nominees list a bit jarring at the least to some. The significance of its performance in box office sales speaks for itself, generating a whopping $400 million in sales.