As the year continues to go by, many avid movie fans anticipate what films will win the ‘golden statuette’, the oscar. These films have created buzz throughout the world, not only for film fans but those mainstream audiences too. 

To state my personal beliefs, the Academy Awards have been nothing but a marketing ploy for home releases. Sure, many prestigious films received the recognition they deserve. However, that comes around once in a lifetime. 

Films like “Parasite,” “Shape of Water,” “Moonlight” and “12 Years A Slave” are movies that were recognized for their achievements and impact on the film industry, and rightfully so. Recently, award shows have been delving into the political aspect. The more relevant and political jokes there are, the more the audience will enjoy, right? Sadly, that is not the case. The more topical jokes there are, the more audiences will roll their eyes. While I do criticize the Academy Awards, it is fun to watch. It is everything the past few months have built up to and more. 

These Academy Award nominations have not really impressed me, though. Films like “Minari,” “Judas and the Black Messiah” and “Sound of Metal” are well-deserved options. However, nominations like “Promising Young Woman,” “Mank” and “Nomadland” are solely getting suggested via word of mouth or because acclaimed filmmakers returned to the director’s chair. Again, I will be watching the Academy Awards this year because I am curious to see the outcome. If people asked me what I believe will win Best Picture, my answer would consistently remain “The Trial of the Chicago 7.”

Before I state my reasoning, I simply do not like “The Trial of the Chicago 7.” I think Aaron Sorkin has a tough time telling a historical event and replaces it with quippy dialogue and bloated pacing. My reason is simply because of the current events that have been apparent in our country. Besides the obvious pandemic that has changed the world, the 2020 presidental election has impacted a vast majority of Americans. 

“The Trial of the Chicago 7” is a film that will have many viewers rethink the justice system by telling you to vote for “the right candidate in office.” While the film has storytelling issues, the plot turns a powerful story into one giant voting public service announcement that comes out of left field. Also, keep in mind the insane cast and notable writer/director on and off the screen. The Academy’s voters will applaud films that will teach them how to feel rather than having the audience think for themselves. 

The Academy Awards will be broadcasted live on April 25 at 8:00 p.m. If you are interested in seeing which nominees bring home the trophy, you can tune in through your TV provider on ABC’s website or the ABC app.


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