‘And the winner is…’ Oscars awarded this Sunday

By CHRISTINA MUNSTER
Student Reporter

The 88th Annual Academy Awards will be broadcasted Sunday, February 28, 8:30 pm ET on ABC.

This year, comedian Chris Rock will host it. Every year, the Oscars comes to you at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles, Calif. This year it will to honor the best films of 2015. The Oscars will name everything from Best Actor in a Starring Role to Best Picture to Best Writing (Screenplay).

Some favorite actors, actresses and movies have been nominated this year, arriving to the Red Carpet in elegantly, beautiful gowns and suits from today’s top name designers.

Actors contending for Best Actor in a Leading Role include Bryan Cranston (“Trumbo”), Matt Damon (“The Martian”), Leonardo DiCaprio (“The Revenant”), Michael Fassbender (“Steve Jobs”) and Eddie Redmayne (“The Danish Girl”). This could possibly be Leo’s first Oscar; it’s only taken two and a half decades of an acting career to receive one.

Actresses nominated for Best Actress in a Leading Role are: Cate Blanchett (“Carol”), Brie Larson (“Room”), Jennifer Lawrence (“Joy”), Charlotte Rampling (“45 Years”) and Saoirse Ronan (“Brooklyn”). Is there a possibility Jennifer could epically trip and fall again? Sunday will show us.

Movies contenting for Best Picture include some of the biggest movies of 2015. “The Big Short,” featuring big names like  Brad Pitt, Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling and Christian Bale is about the mid-2000s credit and housing bubble. Next to be nominate is “Bridge of Spies,” starring Tom Hanks, Mark Rylance, Alan Aida and Amy Ryan. Directed by Steven Spielberg, it follows the story of an American lawyer recruited to defend an arrested Soviet spy during the Cold War. “Brooklyn” is third to be nominated, set in 1950s Brooklyn, following the love story of an Irish immigrant woman. It stars Saorse Ronan, Emory Cohen and Domnhall. “Mad Max: Fury Road”  is a more action/adventure nominated film featuring Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron and Nicholas Hoult. Set in post-apocalyptic Australia, it follows a woman rebel against tyrannical ruler in search of her homeland. “The Martian,” starring Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain and Kristen Wiig, follows astronaut Mark Watney and his journey home to Earth after being presumed dead. Next to be nominated is “The Revenant” featuring Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy and Will Poulter. The thriller follows a 1820s frontiersman on a fur trading expedition, fighting for survival. “Room”, featuring Brie Larson, Jacob Tremblay and Joan Allen, is a drama about a woman and her 5-year son gaining freedom after being captive in a room for years.  Last to be nominated is “Spotlight,” a true story about how the Boston Globe uncovered a child molestation cover-up in the Catholic Church, featuring Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton and Rachel McAdams.

Screenplay nominees are “The Big Short” (Charles Randolph and Adam McKay), “Brooklyn” (Nick Hornby), “Carol” (Phyllis Nagy), “The Martian” (Drew Howard) and the “Room” (Emma Donogue).

Be sure to tune in Sunday, February 28, 8:30 pm ET on ABC to discover the winners.