5 Topics for the Oscars
Gabriella Schwarz / February 27, 2016
Comedian Chris Rock will host Sunday’s 88th Academy Awards, the biggest night for Hollywood, movies, actors and style. The blockbuster event typically highlights the year’s top movies and performances, as picked by the voting members of the academy. The Big Short, Bridge of Spies, Brooklyn, Mad Max, The Martian, The Revenant, Room and Spotlight are up for Best Picture, the biggest award. Bryan Cranston, Matt Damon, Leonardo DiCaprio, Michael Fassbender and Eddie Redmayne are vying for the Actor in a Leading Role accolade. The Actress in a Leading Role nominees include Cate Blanchett, Brie Larson, Jennifer Lawrence, Charlotte Rampling and Saoirse Ronan.
Much of the attention on this year’s awards has focused on the lack of African-American nominees, in the form of #OscarsSoWhite. The racial disparity has caused some actors, like Will and Jada Pinkett Smith, to boycott Sunday’s events and caused outrage from national leaders, including Jesse Jackson. Protests to address the lack of diversity are expected around the award ceremony this weekend.
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