Oscars feature fan favorites

Presley Long – Mustangs Ahead

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – The Oscars are set for Sunday, March 27 and movie lovers around the country are ready to see their favorite films win in their respective categories.

However, throughout the years people have grown increasingly upset over the academy’s decisions.

An example happened in 2017 when “Moonlight” won the Oscar over “LaLa Land.” “Moonlight” was the lesser-known movie at the time, and people were upset because “LaLa Land” was originally announced as the winner, but was changed on stage moments later.

The controversy surrounding the Oscars is real and not every fan favorite can win. This list is popular films that fans hope will win and have a good chance at it, too.

Dune

As a huge fan favorite, and overnight success, “Dune” is up for an Oscar in many categories: cinematography, costume design, film editing, makeup and hairstyling, best picture, production design, visual effects, and writing. It is safe to say that “Dune” will win at least one category, if not multiple. Thousands of people fell in love with the story last October. The movie features Timothee Chalamet (Paul Atreides), Oscar Isaac (Leto Atreides), and Zendaya (Chani), and contains stunning visuals, excellent acting, and award-winning cinematography. “Dune” will be hard to beat.

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West Side Story

Steven Spielberg’s “West Side Story” is also up for many awards, including cinematography, costume design, and directing. This film is a seamless remake of the 1961 film of the same title and is excellent in every way. The compelling storyline mixed with interesting characters and a heartfelt score instantly drew fans in, me included. The film features Ansel Elgort (Tony), Rachel Zegler (Maria), and Ariana Debose (Anita). I would love to see this film win in one of its respective categories.

The Power of the Dog

“The Power of the Dog” is up for many nominations, including cinematography, directing, film editing, original score, and best picture. The top actors in the film are also up for their own personal nominations; Benedict Cumberbatch (Phil Burbank) for actor in a leading role, Jesse Plemons (George Burbank) for actor in a supporting role, and Kirsten Dunst (Rose Gordon) for actress in a supporting role. This film is aesthetically beautiful and filled with important symbolism. It is sure to win in a category it is nominated for, and Benedict Cumberbatch is the perfect choice for his personal nomination.

Encanto

Disney movie “Encanto” is nominated for the Oscar of animated feature film. While up against tough competitors such as “Luca” and “Raya and the Last Dragon,” this magic-filled movie could easily win the title. Since its release, its fan base has grown due to the movie’s compelling story and the inroads it (and especially its music) has made on social media. “Encanto “was directed by Bryan Howard and starring the amazing voices of Stephanie Beatriz (Mirabel), Diane Guerrero (Isabela), and John Leguizamo (Bruno).