by Tanner Garren/Layout & Design Editor
The start of every year in the glamorous world of music, television, and film begins with the competitions to see who made the largest cultural impact of the previous year. Yet out of all award shows one can watch on TV, one seems to stand out above them all. Join Ellen DeGeneres as she hosts the Oscars and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which are back for their 86th anniversary to celebrate and present awards for excellence in film and film making. Cinephiles, extreme film fanatics, will be stepping away from their blogs, social media, and halt production for their indie films to gawk at celebrities, cheer on and get upset over who will come out triumphant and for those who will get nothing.
The ceremony will present awards for 24 categories, but out of all 24, six are the most popular with viewing audiences at home: best animated film, best actors and actresses in lead and supporting roles, and best film. As much as the public may want to argue as to who truly deserves the awards or not, it is not up to them. Every year the academy and its branches look over every film released in America and narrow them down to decide which deserve to go into certain categories and then narrow down even more to the winner.
This year the top contenders for best film are: American Hustle, Gravity, 12 Years a Slave, The Wolf of Wall Street, and Captain Philips. There are four more films up for best picture, but the following five have had more distribution to audiences in the U.S., positive reviews, and awards already won by the Golden Globes and Screen Actors Guild Awards. This year is a pressuring year for many actors and actresses as well. While some are back and could possibly receive their second or third Oscar, some actors who have never received one but have been nominated, such as Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill, and Bradley Cooper are back to try again. To have an input on the topic you can go the main website for the Oscars and pick your favorites at www.oscar.go.com.