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The Oscars: Understanding the Nominations

Any lover of cinema must undoubtedly follow the Oscars, also known as the Academy Awards, from the first nominations to the day of the awards ceremony. This final gala is undoubtedly one of the most important of its kind worldwide, in which the excellence of the productions and the professionals of the seventh art are recognized.

Any lover of cinema must undoubtedly follow the Oscars, also known as the Academy Awards, from the first nominations to the day of the awards ceremony. This final gala is undoubtedly one of the most important of its kind worldwide, in which the excellence of the productions and the professionals of the seventh art are recognized.

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The Academy Awards are prizes awarded by the American Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to reward the best of the film industry, including directors, actors, writers, and musicians, among others. These awards are recognized as the highest honor within cinema. While not all nominees can receive the gold statuette, the nomination itself is considered a great achievement. In this article, ABA English will explain the nominations and the prizes so that you can understand them better and therefore enjoy the ceremony more.

A Bit of History

As we have already said, this awards ceremony is one of the most prestigious in the world. In addition, it is the world’s oldest film awards ceremony. The first gala took place on May 16, 1929, in Los Angeles, California, where it is still celebrated, although in a different place than the original. The prizes are currently awarded in the Dolby Theater. This year, 2018, will be the ninetieth time in which this ceremony has been celebrated.

What are the Oscar Categories?

Over the years, the Academy Awards have been increasing in categories. The industry has changed over the years thanks to technology and the evolution of cinema. This makes the increase in categories logical but has also caused some categories to be eliminated.

The Academy currently awards 24 categories: Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actress, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Animated Feature, Best Animated Short Film, Best Art Direction, Best Cinematography, Best Costume Design, Best Director, Best Documentary Feature, Best Documentary Short Subject, Best Film Editing, Best Foreign Language Film, Best Makeup, Best Original Score, Best Original Screenplay, Best Original Song, Best Original Story, Best Picture, Best Sound Editing, Best Sound Mixing, Best Visual Effects, and Best Live Action Short Film.

As you can see, there are many awards which you may never have paid attention to before. In general, the public tends to focus more on the categories of Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Director, and logically Best Picture. But, in reality, all of the awards deal with important parts of a film.

How Are the Nominations Made?

Thanks to the media we are very likely made aware of the announcement of the award nominees, but we often find ourselves asking: How are the nominations made? Who decides?

Well, the Academy is made up of nearly 6,000 members with voting rights. They all belong to different branches and disciplines of cinema. These members are the ones who vote to decide the nominations.

One of the rules that the awards include, for example, is that a film must have premiered in Los Angeles County between January 1 and December 31 of the previous year in order to be eligible to compete. This does not apply to foreign films, of course. It is also necessary for the producers to complete an application to register their film.

The Academy later sends voting sheets to its members. In general, members can only vote according to the branch of cinema to which they belong, for example, directors can only vote for the category of Best Director. However, for some categories, such as Best Foreign Language Film, a committee is formed that includes experts from all branches. All members are eligible to vote for Best Picture.

That is how we film lovers finally receive the list of nominees for each category.

The Awards Ceremony Live Broadcast

Another unique feature of this event is that it is broadcast live in more than 100 countries. Simultaneous translation is generally allowed so that non-English speaking audiences can have access to the live ceremony. Viewing the ceremony without translation, however, is a good way to practice your English comprehension while you listen to the presenters, actors, and directors in their original language.

It is good to prepare yourself beforehand with some cinema vocabulary and vocabulary from the ceremony so tha27t you will be able to fully understand the ceremony as it progresses. Here is a small glossary of the words that you will hear:

Director Film Editing
Actor in a Leading Role Foreign Language Film
Actor in a Supporting Role Live Action Short Film
Actress in a Leading Role Makeup and Hairstyling
Actress in a Supporting Role Original Score
Animated Feature Original Song
Animated Short Film Production Design
Cinematography Sound Editing
Costume Design Sound Mixing
Documentary Feature Visual Effects
Documentary Short Subject Adapted Screenplay

Now you are ready for the Oscars! You just need to prepare yourself and find a comfortable place to watch this grand ceremony, which begins on the red-carpet with interviews of all the actors and celebrities.

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