Mount St. Joseph University

Get ready for the Oscars

Dateline: student newspaper

By: Emily Berning

File Under: academy awards, entertainment, oscars

Get your microwave popcorn and a cheap bottle of wine ready, because the night of the 86th Academy Awards is fast approaching. With Ellen DeGeneres hosting, Oscar winning actors like Jennifer Lawrence presenting, and performances by U2, Idina Menzel and Pharrell Williams, there’s something for every viewer to enjoy.

Many film junkies spend the weeks leading up to this exciting award ceremony debating which actors, actresses and films will win these highly sought after honors. This year is no exception; 150 Mount students and faculty were asked which film they believed would win the coveted Best Picture award this year, and the results were surprising.

By a nine percent margin, the film 12 Years a Slave was voted most likely to win this year’s Best Picture award. Those who commented on why they believed this film would win felt that the historical nature of the plot line and the political correctness of its message gave this film a very strong chance at winning. 

 “It’s time for a film with this topic to win,” wrote Professor Shannon of the English department, “and people will feel politically correct having done so.”

Others had a different view of the film.  An anonymous student wrote, “It’s a moving film about a time and life few know much about.” 

12 Years a Slave is based off of the factual memoirs of a free African American man who was kidnapped and sold into slavery in 1841. This film adaptation, starring Oscar nominated Chiwetel Ejiofor and Michael Fassbender, has received much critical acclaim and was awarded the Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture – Drama.

Captain Phillips, another film based off of true events, came in second in the Mount’s poll. This film, starring Tom Hanks and Oscar nominated Barkhad Abdi, follows the events that occurred in 2009 when an American cargo ship and its captain were taken hostage by Somali pirates in the Indian Ocean.

Another anonymous Mount student found the story line to Captain Phillips “moving and inspiring. . . Tom Hanks never disappoints.” This film has also received a lot of critical acclaim, though Hanks was passed over for the prestigious Best Actor in a Leading Role award. 

In third came the controversial film, The Wolf of Wall Street. This movie has broken records for the amount of expletives used in a film and has been both praised and criticized for its sexual content and over-the-top drug use. 

The Wolf of Wall Street is based off of the memoirs of real life Jordan Belfort, a former stockbroker who spent 22 months in federal prison for securities fraud and money laundering. This film follows the high-energy antics of corrupt and drug addicted stockbrokers. 

Leonardo DiCaprio stars as the lead role in the film as well as being one of its producers. One student joked that this film could finally by Leonardo DiCaprio’s chance at winning an Oscar for Best Actor, an award which has eluded him numerous times despite his enormous popularity.

The 86th Academy Awards will be held on March 2, so gather your friends or enjoy it alone, but tune in to see which films and actors will receive praise for their amazing performances.