The 91st Academy Awards (Oscars) took place on Sunday, Feb. 24 and Keene State students had many things to say about the results.
The biggest honor of the night, Best Picture, went to a film titled “Green Book” directed by Peter Farrelly. Although the film won Best Picture, it has been met with controversy having to do with the story’s accuracy and the fact that none of the students interviewed have seen it.
First-year film major Michael Kearney said that he has not seen the movie, but said, “Of all the movies I saw for Best Picture, I’d give it to either ‘Roma’ or ‘BlackKklansman.’” He also said he felt the horror movie “Hereditary” should have at least been nominated, but was not surprised it wasn’t because “The oscars don’t generally nominate horror films.”
Another major award, Best Actor, went to Rami Malek for his role in “Bohemian Rhapsody.” First-year elementary major Paige Gouldthorpe said, “I think he was really good in the movie as an actor.”
Kearney thought so as well, “I wasn’t disappointed. I thought he did a good job in ‘Bohemian Rhapsody,’ so I’m not too upset about that. Although, I didn’t really find ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ to be a great film and I think it got nominated too much, but his performance was good and I’m happy he won.”
Gouldthorpe was also happy about Best Original Song went to to “Shallow” by Lady Gaga from “A Star Is Born” because, “I think it’s really inspiring because I’ve heard all her stories about how she was put down and everybody thought she couldn’t do it, thought she was weird, her image, and everything. I just think she deserves it and she’s really talented.”
Spike Lee winning his first Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay for “BlackKklansman” was also a big part of the event. Kearney agreed with the decision to give Lee the award, saying, “I’m really glad Spike Lee won an Oscar because he’s been around for a while, and seems like a really hard working filmmaker, and he deserves it because ‘BlackKklansman’ was really good.”
The winner of Best Original Music Score, Costume Design, and Production Design was the Marvel film “Black Panther,” directed by Kevin Fiege. First-year communications major Amy Yee said, “I noticed that they used a lot of songs that are today’s hits, and audiences would really enjoy that and it was really fitting with some of the scenes.”
The next award, Best Animated Feature Film, went to “Spider-man: Into the Spiderverse.” Kearney thought this was deserved, saying, “It was probably the thing I’m most happy about from the Oscars because I thought that was a really creative and interesting animated movie that reinvigorated the superhero movie genre.”
Other movies that won awards include: “Roma,” “Vice,” “The Favourite,” and “If Beale Street Could Talk.” “Roma” took home Best Foreign Language Film, Best Cinematography, and director Alfonso Cuaron won Best Director. “Vice,” directed by Adam McKay won Best Makeup. Olivia Colman won Best Actress for her role as Anne, Queen of Great Britain in “The Favourite.” Regina King won Best Supporting Actress for her role as Sharon Rivers in “If Beale Street Could Talk. “
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