By Francesca LaBianco
In only a few hours Hollywoods finest will pile into The Dolby Theatre for this years 88th Academy Awards ceremony hosted by Chris Rock. The nominations stirred up quite the controversy this year generating a social media uproar and the hashtag #OscarsSoWhite. The 2015 Academy Awards saw their lowest ratings in 6-years according to Variety.com. This is Chris Rock’s second time hosting The Academy Awards. He hosted once before in 2005 with ratings 3% down from 2004 according to CNN. 11-years later The Los Angeles Times says, “Everyone is listening now.”
The WMSC Staff definitely has been paying attention to all the buzz and all have their own opinions on who should take home their very own Oscar!
Office Manager, Melissa Donofrio has picked Leonardo DiCaprio for Best Actor for his work in “The Revenant”.
Leo gave a memorable performance in the Revenant, and is the front runner in this category. I also want to see him win, because I think the Oscars have overlooked his past performances and gave the Oscar to the runner up. If he wins tonight, the Oscar tradition of “Right Person, Wrong Year” would be continued.
For Best Actress Melissa says it goes to Brie Larson for her role in “Room”.
One of the newbies on the Oscar scene, Brie Larson has done tremendously well. She has won five different acting awards for her performance in Room and is the clear front runner. Room is up for Best Picture and this will add fuel to her fire. I think that she will absolutely take home the Oscar tonight.
Many members are pulling for DiCaprio to finally take home an Oscar after being nominated for 4 other times including his role Jordan Belfort in “Wolf of Wallstreet”.
He needs one and I think he deserves this one especially for being inside of an animal… For real. And eating weird things… For real – Programming Director, Juan Contla
Leo for everything #leoforpresident – Sam Romano, Assistant Web
General Manager, Anabella Poland picks are “Spotlight” for Best Picture, Alejandro González Iñárritu for Best Director, Brie Larson for Best Actress, Kate Winslet for “Best Supporting Actress”, and either Mark Ruffalo or Sylvester Stallone for their roles in “Spotlight” and “Creed”.
Tune into The 88th Academy Awards tonight at 8:30 P.M ET with Live Coverage starting at 7 P.M ET.