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People make various predictions about the results of upcoming Academy Awards

Carly Kusich, Features Editor

On March 4, the 90th annual Academy Awards ceremony will be held in the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood. Nominees for the event’s 24 categories were announced on Jan. 23. The categories include:

Actor in a Leading Role, Actor in a Supporting Role, Actress in a Leading Role, Actress in a Supporting Role, Animated Feature Film, Cinematography, Costume Design, Directing, Documentary (Feature), Documentary (Short Subject), Film Editing, Foreign Language Film, Makeup and Hairstyling, Music (Original Score), Music (Original Song), Best Picture, Production Design, Short Film (Animated), Short Film (Live Action), Sound Editing, Sound Mixing, Visual Effects, Writing (Adapted Screenplay) and Writing (Original Screenplay).

Many people all across the country have already begun making their own predictions on which actors, films, directors, designers and producers will be winning these awards. Movie critics have been, and will continue to be, on the edges of their seats awaiting the ceremony’s results next month.

Given that the categories range from a film’s actors or actresses to its music or effects, different people have a stronger opinion on who or what they think will win, as they may know more about a certain topic.

Between the options of “Dunkirk”, “Phantom Thread”, “The Shape of Water”, “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” and “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”, FHS senior John Blinn debated on the best choice for the category of Music (Original Score).

“For music, I’m torn between ‘Dunkirk’ and ‘The Last Jedi,’” Blinn said. “In ‘Dunkirk,’ the music drags you into the movie. It meshes with a clock a lot of times and the sound it creates just gives an uneasy feeling, like you’re in the situation that the soldiers in the movie are in. When it comes to “The Last Jedi”, though, it’s John Williams; you can’t go wrong. Every new theme that we got fits where it goes perfectly and the music will give you chills when it’s placed in the right spot.”

On another note, Blinn discussed his thoughts on a second category: Visual Effects. This category’s nominees are films “Blade Runner: 2049”, “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2”, “Kong: Skull Island”, “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” and “War for the Planet of the Apes”.

“When it comes to Visual Effects, I think I have to put my bias of Star Wars aside and say that “Blade Runner 2049” is the clear winner. It is one of the most visually stunning movies I have ever seen. The way that it shows [its] dystopian version of Earth is very convincing and just overall phenomenal,” Blinn said.

The ceremony will be hosted by late-night talk show host Jimmy Kimmel for a second consecutive year, with all nominees in attendance and a myriad of people watching from all over the country and the world.