According to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, “A popular story on how our favorite golden statute got his name has been that an Academy librarian and eventual executive director, Margaret Herrick, thought it resembled her Uncle Oscar and said so; and that the Academy staff began referring to it as Oscar.”
So – Uncle Oscar is coming out for his starring role again this year. It’s the most sought after award in Hollywood. Art houses across the nation are gathering in a yearly homage to Hollywood film to see who the Academy decides to send home with the 6.75 pound image of Uncle Oscar.
There’s a wealth of good films this year – a little bit of something for everyone. Nine films made the cut for Best Picture on the awards ballot this year: Arrival, Fences, Hacksaw Ridge, Hell or High Water, Hidden Figures, La La Land, Lion, Manchester by the Sea, and Moonlight. It’s always interesting to watch these films develop over the course of the awards season. Take Moonlight for instance. This was definitely an independent film that found a larger audience. Backed by the folks at A24 – this little film took off and we think stands a good chance at becoming close friends with Uncle Oscar. La La Land is a media favorite and may still shine, but that’s the fun of the Academy Awards show, isn’t it? You really don’t know, do you?
What we do know is that everyone that is everyone in Hollywood will be dressed to the nines. And, we’ll give as much attention to who is wearing what as we do to who actually is being acknowledged for being at the top of their craft. We’ll wait for this year’s host to offer up his political commentary (which we’re pretty sure is coming based on the last several awards shows); and we’ll check out the news magazines the morning after to see who ate what with whom and where. The Oscars is quite a business and we’re totally on board!
This year, we’re hosting our first Red Carpet Party so you can also come dressed to the nines; fill out your own ballot and win prizes; and enjoy watching this spectacular night with other people. Our Cary Film Circle members will be treated to a Hollywood-style reception prior to the screening and attending is free for everyone.
We won’t make any predictions here on who might win, but we’d like to find out alongside you. Join us – we’re celebrating the craft of filmmaking and the joy that it brings to our lives with our Red Carpet celebration. Come and meet Uncle Oscar – the 8 foot version!