So… What’s up with the Academy Awards?

It’s that time of year again, and the Academy Award nominations have been announced and it’s just short of a month til the winners are given their prizes.

Here at FilmStank, we thought we could provide an “introduction to the Academy Awards,” if you will. So take a seat in that oh so comfortable chair, and enjoy!

So, what is the ‘Academy Awards?’

Well, it’s an annual event put in place in order to celebrate the “greatest” achievements of the year in the Film World. For example, if an Actor does a superb job at acting in a particular performance of theirs throughout the year, then they may be awarded with a nomination, or even the honour of winning the award.

The rules?

There aren’t as many rules as one would have thought, yet, like all “competitions” there are rules, here they are:

1. A nominated film must have opened in the previous year, from anywhere between midnight January 1st – midnight December 31st. For example, at the 2010 Oscars, any nominated film must have opened in anytime in the year 2009.

AND

2. A nominated film must run over 40 minutes long to be categorised as a “feature-length film,” and any film running under 40 minutes is classified as a short film and therefore a part of the “short subjects awards.”

Yes there a few extra rules about ratio and the type of film used, but they are the main ones. Pretty fair if you ask me.

What awards are the best awards to win?

Some argue that there are some awards that are more prestigious than other awards. These are known as “The Big 5,” although this title is only really used when a film conquers all five of these categories, a feat only three films in history have ever achieved.

But first, “The Big 5” are as follows:
Best Picture
Best Lead Actor
Best Lead Actress
Best Director
Best Writing (Adapted or Original)

As stated before, only three films in the history of film have every come home with “The Big 5” awards in its pocket. They are:
1. It Happened One Night (1934)
2. One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest (1975)
3. Silence of the Lambs (1991)

What do I do now?

We sit… We wait… We watch…

Keep checking FilmStank over the next couple of days, and you can have a look at our own predictions of who we think will take home the awards.

On March 7th the winners will be announced, so why not grab a seat for the night and enjoy the ceremony.

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