Have ya seen and have ya heard? The Oscars nominations are finally here! Of course you have. The internet being abuzz with approximately 10 million nominee stories.
Winning a gong at any of the major film awards is guaranteed to give you kudos but winning an Academy award is career-making next level kudos. That little gold bloke is the Olympic gold medal of awards.
So it’s unsurprising that the 2019 Oscars (like every Oscars before it) has already created some major hype for those nominated.
And with great hype comes the inevitable watercooler chats about the movies and their Oscar chances. Suddenly you’re expected to know what some dude you’ve never heard of directed 20 years ago and how many times the best-supporting actress nominee has been up for gold in the past.
But honestly, who’s got time to watch a billion films just to make small talk with Karen from Accounts (who can somehow describe the mise-en-scène for every film in the ‘Best Picture’ category – WTF, Karen?!).
So, ahead of the 91st Academy Awards, we’ve compiled some little conversation pointers. A cheat sheet, if you will.
Don’t forget to put on your best ‘high-brow’ voice…
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Say: “Well it’s about darn time for Spike Lee, isn’t it?”
After more than 30 years, Spike Lee has received his first Academy Award nomination for best director for BlacKkKlansman. It’s widely thought he should’ve been up for the accolade in 1990 for Do the Right Thing and in 1992 for Malcolm X. Surprisingly, it’s also the first time one of his movies has been nominated for best picture.