And The Award Goes To…


It’s that time of year again ladies, gentlemen, and fellow Valiants!

It’s also that time of year again where filmmakers, actors, producers, and others put on their party dresses, walk the red carpet, and anxiously sit waiting to see who will be this year’s “Golden” recipient. And I say “Golden” as in the miniature statuettes awarded at the Academy Awards! It’s Oscar time everyone! And what a unique, and diverse pool of films that have come out for the running of 2017.

From stories considering character overcoming forces of intolerance, to films engulfed in the dreamland of Hollywood, there are plenty of worthy films that have been nominated this year! Even with popular animations like “Moana and Kubo and the Two Strings,” or blockbusters like “Doctor Strange,” “Suicide Squad,” and “Rouge One,” no lm has been looked over from being nominated for what that lm had done best. Even actors have been singled out, regardless if that lm was also nominated, like Michael Shannon in “Nocturnal Animals,” Viggo Mortensen in “Captain Fantastic,” and Isabelle Huppert from “Elle.” However, these brief mentions only scratch the surface of the extensive nominees.

In fact, it has been stated that this year has nominated the most diverse pool of actors to date. Thanks to the #OscarsSoWhite and other racial controversy, the academy has desperately tried to please as many social groups and critics as possible. I, personally, find this to be a good thing, not necessarily because this undoes the backlash, but because this opens up the possibilities of even more imaginative films like “Arrival,” a sci-fi movie, to grace the consideration for an Oscar.

Overall, I’m excited to see who wins this year’s awards! What nominees for best picture do you want to see win? Do you prefer the movie musical “La La Land”? The magnificent adaption “Fences?” The strong, feminist, film “Hidden Figures”? The prideful, self discovery of “Moonlight?” The emotional journey of “Lion”? The surprising, insightful, look at the power of understanding and communication in “Arrival”? The unbreakable faith of “Hacksaw Ridge”? The unbreakable bond between uncle and nephew in “Manchester by the Sea”? Or the tense bank robbery of “Hell or High Water”? Tune in this Sunday, Feb. 26, at 7:00 p.m. to find out!