Jan 31st, 2018, 01:03 AM

AUP's Angles on the 2018 Oscar Nominations

By Spence David
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An AUP professor and student tackle the Oscar nominations.

Buzzworthy movies for the 2018 Oscar Nominations, nominated by the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences, that have made a huge impact in the entertainment industry included Shape of Water, Call Me by Your Name, Lady Bird, The Post, and I, Tonya. Every year, controversy with the nominations is talked about worldwide and throughout local communities. An American University of Paris professor and a student shared their opinions on what they think of the nominations that were chosen and if there were any films, actors, actresses, or directors they feel were under-appreciated or snubbed from this year’s Oscar awards that will take place on March 4, 2018 at the Dolby Theater in Los Angeles, California.

Marie Regan is an associate professor of Film Studies, Screenwriting, and Filmmaking at the American University of Paris as well as a filmmaker herself. Regan began her career working under the direction of film legend, producer, screenwriter, and film composer, Francis Ford Coppola, who helped to create blockbusters like The Godfather, The Great Gatsby, and The Conversation. While talking about the Oscars and the recent nominations that were released she had plenty of thoughts on the subject. She shared thoughts on the films, actors, actresses, and directors nominated for the 2018 Oscar awards.

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“One of the coolest things for students is the nomination for Greta Gerwig who made Lady Bird and she is nominated for best director and also the best script. Greta was one of my very first students. ” she said, “When I was teaching a film studies course at Barnard College, Greta was my student and some of the films that really inspired her that she spoke about in the New York Times were films we saw in my class and she told me about how important that class was for her, so that’s a big deal for me.” Professor Regan also went on to speak about films that she does not feel were so great from a film studies perspective based on the score. One film she touched on was, “The Shape of Water”, which she found admirable but felt it was not as good as the score for “Phantom Thread.”

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Hannah Ayoubi, a freshman at AUP, shared her opinions on this year's Oscar nominations. While not a self-proclaimed expert on the technical aspects of the film industry, she is an avid fan of movies and enjoys watching the Oscars and making predictions on the final outcome. “I have a strong feeling that this year’s awards are going to be controversial with everything that has been happening  and events that took place involving Harvey Weinstein, Kevin Spacey, and other harassers.” She also spoke later in the interview about who she thinks is going to be the big winner could be, “I have no doubt Lady Bird should be the big winner of the night.”

 Win or lose, the Oscar’s rarely disappoint.