How Social Movements Could Impact The Oscars

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WOLO)- This weekend, you can watch the biggest night in Hollywood when the Oscars air right here on ABC Columbia.

After years of seeing similar types of movies getting nominated and winning Academy Awards, some say it could be a new age for the Oscars.

“I think they’ve changed the rules so that the membership of the academy is reflecting a younger and more diverse population,” said Susan Felleman, Professor of Film and Media Studies at USC.
With past movements like #oscarssowhite leaving a big imprint on Tinsel Town, current movements like #metoo and #timesup could affect the results of the biggest categories.
“You are getting judges who are younger, you are getting judges who are more diverse, you are getting more women, other races besides the stuffy, old White male Hollywood elite so to speak, casting their ballots so for example, that’s one reason I don’t think “Phantom Thread” will win. I think 10 years ago, “Phantom Thread” is the type of movie that would win it.,” said Matt Perron of ABC Columbia’s Monday Movie Musings.
We will have to tune in to see if the makeup of the judges throw any curve balls, but there seems to be some clear favorites to go home with a golden statue.
“The Shape of Water” and “Three Billboards Outside of Ebbing Missouri” have both won the big prizes in some other ceremonies that precede the Oscars and I think they probably both stand a pretty good chance,” said Felleman.
“It’s kind of a toss up but I still believe it’s between “Three Billboards Outside of Ebbing Missouri” and “The Shape of Water,” said Perron.
Even if you haven’t seen any of nominees, you can still enjoy the show at the Nickelodeon Theater’s Red Carpet Party. “It’s always a fun event. We have it catered, we have drinks and commentary. We turned the commercials down during the breaks and let Patti O’ Furniture and Larry Hembree just run the show,” said the Nickelodeon’s Director of Development Carrie Grebenc.
Tickets for the party are $40 for Nickelodeon members and $50 for the general public. The door opens at 7:30 on Sunday. Tickets are going fast, click here to find out more.