2022 Oscars: The Ship’s Log Predictions

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The long-awaited 94th Academy Awards, also known as the Oscars, will be on Sunday, March 27 at 8 p.m. at the Dolby Theater in Hollywood. Oscar nominees were announced back on Feb. 8th, and the awards are to be aired on ABC.

While it is an honor to be nominated, there’s so much more to the night than just the awards. There are bright, colorful outfits, the actors and the actresses. There are also speeches, which can be touching and heartfelt. For example, when Olivia Colman won best actress for “Peep Show,” her speech was one of the best- in my opinion. While on stage, she was so emotional, and could barely believe that she had won an oscar. Equally emotional in a different regard, when Heath Ledger won an Oscar for his role, playing Joker in “Dark Knight.” he was not alive to accept it. The room was heavy with grief as Kim Ledger, Heath’s father, accepted his Oscar on his son’s behalf. In addition to those who are recognized with an Oscar win, or nomination, there are so many others who make these movies possible.

Here is who I think should win an Oscar this year:

Actor in a leading role – Andrew Garfield in “Tick, Tick…Boom!”
Inspired by the life of Jonathan Larson, who composed “Rent” (1996), Andrew Garfield portrays Larson as he tries to write his own play. Garfield displays the raw and tormenting emotions that reflected elements of Larson’s life. The film shows the effects of friendship, as well as relationships, and how easily they can be torn apart.
(Honorable Mention: Benedict Cumberbatch in The Power of The Dog)

Actress in a Leading Role – Kristen Stewart in “Spencer”
Not only does Stewart just look like Princess Diana, but she captured the essence of her as well. This movie’s main plot thickens during the holidays, as the marriage between Prince Charles and Diana grows colder. Diana knows that this year will be different; the impending hostilities within the marriage contrast with the traditional “holiday” feeling.

Cinematography – “Dune” (Greg Fraiser)
This movie was beyond stunning. There were so many different shots that weren’t only pleasing to the eye but also added to the story as well. It gives such a futuristic feeling to the film. There were many frames that spoke volumes. Even if the color was bland, it reflected what the future looked like in this movie: bland, and bright, yet some darker undertones.

Costume Design – “West Side Story” (Paul Tazwell)
Even though the film is a remake, the costumes still capture the timeless movie (1961). The bright colors for the girls were spot on, paralleling the 1961 film, and the boys’ outfits were also very similar. The girls’ dresses were almost identical to the original film, colors ranging from yellow to pink. It was very pleasing to watch. I am glad they didn’t change anything about the costumes because it still has the same feel as the original, without the costumes being modernized.

Best Picture – “Dune” (Dennis Villeneuve)
This movie was just wonderful. There was so much to look at between the futuristic themes and inner struggles of the characters. There were many powerful scenes, such as the box of pain, a scene where the main character Paul (played by Timothee Chalamet) has to put his hand into a mysterious box; if he takes his hand out, he will be killed. The final battle is also a very powerful scene. They adapted Frank Hubert’s novel (also entitled Dune) and turned it into an action-packed and thrilling movie.

Makeup and Hairstyling – “Cruella” (Nadia Stacey, Naomi Donne and Julia Vernon)
The makeup in this movie was unique, and it also fit Emma Stone’s version of Cruella so well. It perfectly portrayed the evil, as well as the difference between her (Cruella) and the other people in this movie. The specific makeup and hairstyling helped with showing everyone Cruella is her own character. The makeup and hairstyling differentiated this version of “Cruella” from the original movie it was inspired by “101 Dalmations.”Cruella’s makeup also gave more of a sinister background to her life. The artists used the character’s love for fashion and made it into art.