If in 2016 the Oscars were criticized for lack of diversity among the nominees and for being “very white” (remember the label #OscarsSoWhite?), This year the Academy of Cinema is presenting perhaps one of the most diverse ceremonies of its history.
For the first time, five black actors and one British-Indian are nominated in four performance categories: three African-American actresses opt for best actress actress and actor Denzel Washington is nominated for the seventh time (of which she has won twice ).
But do not think that this year will be free of controversy. In this era that begins with the presidency of Donald Trump, it is likely that the 2017 ceremony reflects the political divisions of the United States and hear criticism of the US president’s policies.
Among the nine films nominated for best picture, the clear favorite is La Land, a musical with touches of comedy and drama that has astonished critics and achieved 14 nominations, matching the record of Titanic (1997) and All About Eve (1950 ). Seeking to surprise are Moonlight, recorded in Miami and poetically showing the inner search for a young black, and Manchester by the Sea, a heartbreaking family tragedy. Also noteworthy is Arrival, an emotional science fiction film that explores communication with aliens, and Hidden Figures, the story of three black women who broke barriers during the development of NASA’s space program in the 1960s.
Who do you think will win? Share your opinion with us.
The ceremony will air on ABC on Sunday at 7 p.m., Eastern Time, and will be animated by comedian Jimmy Kimmel.
We confess that we would like the film made in Miami (Moonlight) to take this coveted category, as together with Manchester by the Sea have been captivated by the intensity of the personal dramas that show on screen. But it will be difficult for them to be able to defeat La La Land, a film with great merits in script and cinematography, and that possibly benefits from the Hollywood trend of awarding films that highlight nostalgia for Hollywood.
Our favorite: Moonlight.
Possibly win: La La Land.