The 7th Art: Catching Up with 89th Academy Awards

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Written by Farida Gamal

The biggest artistic entertainment event is just around the corner, where a great deal of the best actors/actresses, directors, producers, and even reporters gather to be honored for their demanding, yet breathtaking work. Since 2016 was a messy year, it’s likely that you haven’t been catching up on the blockbusters; if so, then you definitely shouldn’t be missing out on the Academy Awards. Here’s all you need to know to catch up.

Who’s Hosting?

Jimmy Kimmel

Usually, people forget about how important it is to have an appealing, funny host until he/she actually makes them laugh out loud; remember the Ellen pizza break-in? The Chris Rock killer anti-racism monologue? Simply on point.

2017, however, is Jimmy Kimmel’s year. He’s the host of his own celebrated show Jimmy Kimmel Live, and has also hosted the Emmy Awards twice and the American Music Awards five times. So yeah, it’s pretty exciting!

Brushed Off?

Emma Stone as Mia Dolan and Ryan Gosling as Sebastian Wilder in La La Land (2016)

The nominations came out on the 24th of January, but this year’s Oscars focused the spotlight on some films to be given ‘a whole lot’ of nominations. This is an understatement when we think of examples such as La La Land, which holds 14 nominations – breaking the record of the most nominations ever for only a single movie – also, Manchester by the Sea which holds 6 nominations.

On the other hand, the media acknowledged that it’s fishy NOT nominating some outstanding performances and movies which were hard to ignore, like Amy Adams in Arrival, Tom Hanks in Sully, Martin Scorsese’s Silence, Finding Dory, and Deadpool.

Who’s Expected to Win?

Natalie Portman as Jacqueline “Jackie” Kennedy in Jackie (2016)

Judging by the big winners of The Golden Globes, The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTAs), The Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Awards, etc… we’re expecting:

La La Land (Best Picture, Best Score, Best Visuals)

Hacksaw Ridge (Best Picture, Best Cinematography, Best Director)

Jackie (Best Picture, Best Actress, Best Costume Design)

Arabs?

Sadly, this year there are zero nominations from any Arab country; but, these movies were initially considered for the nominations:

Tunisia – As I Open My Eyes

Saudi Arabia – Barakah Meets Barakah

Morocco – A Mile in My Shoes

Egypt – Clash

How Do I Follow?

The Oscars will be aired worldwide on February the 26th; you can follow the show on OSN. The ceremony initiates at 7 P.M. (EST) so this timing may be convenient for other countries’ time zones. Unfortunately, according to Cairo’s timezone it will be 2 A.M., so get yourself a Red Bull or really strong coffee to stay up for three hours straight. The good news is, it’ll be definitely worth it.

Wait up for our article right after the big ceremony to discuss all the highlights and make sure you don’t miss it!

What do you think?

Will you be watching the Oscars? Which artist/film will you be cheering for? What are your disappointments or satisfactions about this year’s Oscars? Please comment with your answers and opinions!

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