We Need to Talk About the Academy Awards…

Despite the usual controversy and problematic noise around any awards show, there’s something peculiar about The Oscars, or the Academy Awards, this year. The show, still scheduled for Sunday, February 24, still lacks a host and lacks substance.

Comedian Kevin Hart withdrew from the position of the host after his homophobic comments had surfaced and his public shaming followed in suit. Hart refused to apologize and decided to step back from appearing at the Academy Awards because of the dramatic reactions to his insensitive and unfiltered 2010 Tweets.

This is the first time in three decades that the esteemed award show has gone without a designated host, which means no designated public figure will make bold remarks or take risks with politically inclined humor against a certain man in office.

The topic is still abuzz and many eyebrows are raised as the week boils down and ballots are turned in. The nominees this year are disappointing to say in the least, as the films in the running for “Best Picture” are seen more as crowd-pleasers than cinematic pioneers.

Director Bryan Singer’s scandal has become more of an issue than ever after Bohemian Rhapsody, the mediocre-at-best, subpar music biopic about the legendary English rock band “Queen,” was nominated for “Best Picture.”

Alleged accusations about Singer preying on underage boys, including assault, had resulted in a replacement director for the film. Despite this, Singer was still awarded fourty-billion for his involvement. Rami Malek, who took on the role of Freddie Mercury, had even claimed that the deceased star had made sure he was unaware of Singer’s situation. Brian May, an original member of “Queen,” had even jumped to Singer’s defense over social media.

Bohemian Rhapsody is surprisingly in the running for an Oscar or two, but at what cost? There are many flaws with the film and the quality is shameful. The most redeeming aspect is the accuracy of the band’s performance at Live Aid.

Multiple entertainment outlets are already claiming to say that this year’s Oscars ceremony will be “a mess,” and not to get any hopes up for redemption.

However, there is still a glimmer of hope that a lifeline will be thrown as award presenters include beloved celebrities such as Chicago-natives John Mulaney, Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, and actor Michael B. Jordan.

Things are looking complex and underwhelming for the Oscars’ ninety-first birthday. Speculations have been made by a scrutinous public eye on these unfortunate circumstances, yet there’s really no way to be sure how the show will plan out until it is aired this upcoming weekend.


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