With the 93rd annual Academy Awards set to show Sunday, April 25, LMU film students are wondering how it will go. Many LMU Lions feel out of touch with the film industry because of the lack of movies and the absence of the movie-watching community that came along with 2020.
Taylor Skorupa, a freshman animation major, described her relationship to the 2021 Oscar-nominated movies.
“It just wasn’t a good year for movies. I don’t think I’ve seen even half of the nominated movies, most of them weren’t even on my radar. But from the list of nominations, I did really enjoy ‘Promising Young Woman,'” said Skorupa.
Liliana Chomsky, a freshman film and television and screenwriting double major, described a similar feeling when reflecting on the nominations.
“This past year I wasn’t really in tune with the movies released because I wasn’t around people to talk about these movies with, which created a lack of community and made movie-watching a lot less exciting. I also feel like the closure of theaters and the lack of movies in general contributed to this,” said Chomsky.
Even Oscar-enthusiast Isabelle Rogerson, a freshman theatre arts major, had trouble watching most of the nominated films.
“In past years, I have loved having all my friends together to predict and watch the Oscars and make a whole night out of it, but this year I actually haven’t seen most of the movies. I didn’t end up watching a lot of them because it wasn’t the same experience of going to the theaters,” said Rogerson.
Other film students aren’t strong supporters of the Oscars and their nominations for reasons other than the lack of content and community specific to 2020.
Nishanth Ramasubramanian, a junior film and television production and philosophy double major, shared his thoughts on the Academy Awards.
“I think the Oscars have some value in recognizing and spotlighting some movies people wouldn’t normally see. For example, I would love to get an Oscar, but I do think their credibility has gone down. It’s common knowledge that in order to get an Oscar it’s just about how much you wine and dine the people voting,” said Ramasubramanian.
Maya Greenberg, a freshman screenwriting major, explained why she isn’t the biggest fan of this award show.
“I just don't really feel like the Oscars gives a fair playing field to every director, actor and person involved in making a movie. Because of this lack of fairness, I kind of write the Oscars off. I'm not going to go out of my way to watch what's on the Oscars nominations because it’s not a fair judgement,” said Greenberg.
Despite the lack of enthusiasm surrounding the 2021 Oscars, you can still tune in at 5 p.m. PDT on ABC to see which film will walk away with which award. Or you could of course watch it through your Twitter timeline, which many LMU students admitted to doing.