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When this year’s Academy Award nominations were announced last Tuesday, it was hard not to feel excited. Greta Gerwig became the fifth woman to be nominated for best director, Jordan Peele became the fifth black person to be nominated for best director and Sufjan Stevens became the first Sufjan Stevens to be nominated for an Oscar. No matter how long, dreary and self-congratulatory the actual ceremony is liable to be, it’s difficult not to hope that maybe,...

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It’s that time of year again. Actors and actresses wearing their finest statement pieces, and throngs of film buffs huddling around their screens to see if their picks get picked. You know what I’m talking about: awards season. And of all of the awards, the Oscars surely reign as king. Lately though, the academy’s authority has come into question. Does an academy award add anything to a film, or should they even be considered legitimate?...

Every year, like clockwork, award season descends upon us. For some, it is a time of elation and joy, to watch the stars of the silver screen all in one room, clapping and cheering each other on. It also provides a massive platform for the more motivated and passionate entertainers to speak their minds, bring up important issues and rally people behind noble causes. Award season and the shows it encapsulates have good and bad within them, but...