Opinion

Who and what to expect at the 2014 Academy Awards

Jonathan Trauner
Staff Writer

Although the Academy Awards are still a few weeks away, there is already a lot of buzz about the event. I believe

Academy Awards trophy from the Oscar’s 2013 (Photo: Google Images)

Academy Awards trophy from the Oscar’s 2013 (Photo: Google Images)

that the Oscar talent we’ll see this year will be just as spectacular as last year’s talent – it’s great to see so many young, up-and-coming stars.
The movies themselves also promise to be great. “12 Years A Slave,” “Nebraska,” “Her,” “Philomena,” “August Osage County,” “Dallas Buyers Club,” and “Gravity” all share the common overlapping themes of courage and unity in heroism. The stories and how the actors have presented their characters will shed a powerful and memorable light this coming show.
All the household names are back for the 86th Annual Academy Awards. Ellen DeGeneres, renowned talk show host and comedian, will host the Academy Awards for the second time in three years.  Ellen’s brand of observational humor, her air of irreverent seriousness, and her overall charisma in TV broadcasting are incredible, and I strongly believe that she’s going to be superb during the Oscars.
Other returning stars include Jennifer Lawrence, Matthew McConaughey, Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts, Sandra Bullock and Leonardo Dicaprio. First time nominees and ‘fresh’ faces will give the familiar faces the stiffest competition of any Oscar’s show I can remember. The new faces will make the 2014 Oscars memorable and as spectacular as last year’s event. Lupita Nyongo of “12 Years a Slave,” Sandra Bullock of “Gravity,” Jared Leto of “Dallas Buyers Club,” and many others will inspire viewers with their incredible performances.
I think the defining theme of the 2014 Oscar’s is heroism – a theme that adds an interesting element to a show that can be so dynamically different every year. Above all, I believe that many of the performances, like Julia Roberts and Meryl Streep’s performance in “August Osage County” and Matthew McConaughey’s “Dallas Buyers Club” account on the AIDS epidemic, will inspire audiences everywhere to become heroes in their own rights. Through their performances, we are able to relate to the characters, which will help us become more courageous in taking on issues of gender equality, slavery, AIDS, corruption, and family.
Movies are so much more than simple entertainment or a pastime to enjoy with friends. Movies inspire all of us, showing us that no matter what, none of us is ever alone. We all can become heroes. Movies show us what we can achieve, and the Oscars reward the actors who create characters to inspire and comfort us. Oprah said it best at the SAG Awards: “We don’t do movies to get awards. We do movies to move people.”

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