It’s Almost Oscar Time!

Molly Patton, Staff Writer

The 94th Academy Awards are just around the corner. The leading nominee is the film The Power of the Dog, with a total of twelve nominations. It is also the first film directed by a woman to obtain more than ten nominations. Some other nominees include: Belfast, a dramedy that is centered around the Catholic-Protestant conflict in Northern Ireland; Drive My Car, the first Japanese film to be nominated in the Oscars; CODA, a coming-of-age film following the only hearing child of a deaf family, and with a deaf cast in leading roles; and King Richard, which is based on the life of Richard Williams, the father of renowned tennis players Venus and Serena Williams. The rest of the Best Picture nominees include: Don’t Look Up, Dune, Licorice Pizza, Nightmare Alley, and West Side Story. In the Best Animated Feature Film portion, Encanto is the foremost nominee, and earned nominations in Best Original Score and Best Original Song categories as well. The film has attracted audiences everywhere and has become a craze on social media platforms such as TikTok, where the film’s hit song “We Don’t Talk About Bruno” has become more popular than any other Disney song, ever. In the Best Cinematography section, The Tragedy of Macbeth gives audiences eerie black-and-white visuals, which bring William Shakespeare’s classic to justice. 

This year, like previous years, has had many movies that originate from streaming services. This slow transition from movies being mainly in theaters to streaming services has become a nuisance to some, who may not know of the movies being nominated or be able to watch them if they don’t have streaming platforms. So, the nominees that can be found in theaters are: Belfast, Drive My Car, Licorice Pizza, The Power of the Dog, and West Side Story. On the streaming side of things, King Richard and Belfast are available on Amazon Prime Video, CODA is available on Apple TV+, Don’t Look Up and The Power of the Dog are available on Netflix, Nightmare Alley is available on HBO Max, and Dune is available on both Apple TV+ and Amazon Prime Video. Be sure to mark your calendars for the Academy Awards ceremony on March 27th!