By Destiny Camacho and Chloe M. Brown SAN ANTONIO—The 90th Annual Academy Awards airs March 4, 2018. The ceremony will be hosted by Jimmy Kimmel starting at 7 p.m. on ABC. The Academy Awards are otherwise known as the Oscars, which is the nickname for the golden statuettes handed out to the winners. A Brief History
The 31st Annual Academy Awards
The original design for the statuette was created by MGM art director Cedric Gibbons. Gibbons came up with the statuette of a knight standing on a reel of film gripping a crusader’s sword. The Academy then commissioned George Stanley, a Los Angeles sculptor, to make the design three dimensional. It was presented for the first time at the May 16, 1929 awards banquet to Emil Jannings who was named Best Actor for his performances in “The Last Command” and “The Way of All Flesh.” Since then over 2,000 statuettes have been presented. The statuettes are officially named the Academy Award of Merit. The origins of the nickname, Oscar, are unclear but there is a popular story that is told about Academy librarian Margaret Herrick remarking about the statuette looking like her Uncle Oscar. The nickname, Oscar, was not officially adopted by The Academy until ten years later in 1939. Even though The Academy knows how many categories will be presented it is not certain how many statuettes it will hand out until the envelopes are opened the night of the ceremony. This is because of the possibility of ties and multiple recipients sharing the prize in some categories. The extra statuettes are then stored in the Academy’s vault until the next year. There are 120 entries this Academy Awards, many of which include multiple recipients. Although everyone is aiming to win, being nominated for an Academy Award in itself is a huge achievement in the film industry.
An Academy Award nomination is stuff dreams are made of. — Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy
Katherine Hepburn’s four Best Actress awards at the Smithsonian National Picture Gallery in 2007.
  A fun thing to do when Oscars season comes around is to print out the nominees list and make your own predictions to follow along with the broadcast. It is even more fun when you host a watch party and have all of the guest, who wish to participate, join in as well. This year with so many great films it was hard to make decisions, but below you will find Chloe Brown and Destiny Camacho’s predictions for who will be taking home those coveted golden men at the Academy Awards ceremony on Sunday.   Our Predictions For Oscars 2018 Best Picture: (Destiny) “Lady Bird” (Chloe) “Phantom Thread” Actor In A Leading Role: (Destiny) Gary Oldman, “Darkest Hour” (Chloe) Daniel Kaluuya, “Get Out” Actress In A Leading Role: (Destiny) Sally Hawkins, “The Shape Of Water” (Chloe) Saoirse Ronan, “Lady Bird” Actor In A Supporting Role: (Destiny) Richard Jenkins, “The Shape Of Water” (Chloe) Woody Harrelson, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri Actress In A Supporting Role: (Destiny) Allison Janney, “I, Tonya” (Chloe) Octavia Spencer, “The Shape Of Water” Animated Feature Film: (Destiny) “Coco” (Chloe) “Coco” Cinematography: (Destiny) “The Shape Of Water” (Chloe) “Mudbound” Costume Design: (Destiny) “Phantom Thread” (Chloe) “Phantom Thread” Directing: (Destiny) “The Shape Of Water” (Chloe) “Lady Bird” Documentary (Feature): (Destiny) “Icarus” (Chloe) “Icarus” Documentary (Short Subject): (Destiny) “Heroin(e)” (Chloe) “Heroin(e)” Film Editing: (Destiny) “Dunkirk” (Chloe) “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” Foreign Language Film: (Destiny) “Loveless” Russia; Directed by Andrey Zvyagintsev (Chloe) “Loveless” Russia; Directed by Andrey Zvyagintsev Makeup and Hairstyling: (Destiny) “Darkest Hour” (Chloe) “Wonder” Music (Original Score): (Destiny) “The Shape Of Water” (Chloe) “The Shape Of Water” Music (Original Song): (Destiny) “Remember Me” from Coco (Chloe) “This Is Me” from The Greatest Showman Production Design: (Destiny) “Darkest Hour” (Chloe) “Beauty And The Beast” Short Film (Animated): (Destiny) “Dear Basketball” (Chloe) “Negative Space” Short Film (Live Action): (Destiny) “The Silent Child” (Chloe) “The Silent Child” Sound Editing: (Destiny) “Dunkirk” (Chloe) “Baby Driver” Sound Mixing: (Destiny) “The Shape Of Water” (Chloe) “Baby Driver” Visual Effects: (Destiny) “War For The Planet Of The Apes” (Chloe) “Blade Runner 2049” Writing (Adapted Screenplay): (Destiny) “Mudbound” (Chloe) “Mudbound” Writing (Original Screenplay): (Destiny) “Lady Bird” (Chloe) “The Big Sick”   If you want to follow along during the broadcast or make your own predictions the Oscars website has a printable list available, Oscar Nominations. Weird Oscar Fact: Winners, and the heirs of winners, can’t sell the statuette without first offering to sell it back to the Academy for the sum of a dollar. This is part of the regulations that the Academy has in place. If you wish to read more of the Academy’s regulations visit the Oscars webpage.
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