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9 Things To Say During An Oscar Watch Party (When You Haven't Seen Any Of The Movies.)

Just going to yell about snubs TBH

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No one sees all the movies before hand. It's a mix of being busy, a little broke (movies are expensive now), and just really hoping they end up on Netflix. However, this can lead to awkward moments at your bestie's annual watch party. Here are some things to make you sound cultured AF

1. The first Oscar was given to a now almost forgotten film called wings.


In 1929, the first best picture was announced as Wings. A story of a rich man and a poor man in love with the same girl, who become fighter pilots. So pretty much the precursor to Micheal Bay's Pearl Harbor. The film actually came out in 1927 (it was a slower time). The same year, Metropolis, the Jazz Singer, and It came out. Making the award for this largely forgotten film, possibly the first Oscar snub.

2. #Oscarssowhite


Only 13 black actors have ever won an Oscar and only 32 have even been nominated. The first Oscar to go to an African American was in 1939 for best supporting actress: Hattie McDaniel, Gone with the Wind. The most recent Oscar was in 2009 also for best supporting actress: Mo'Nique, Precious. 

3. #OSCARSparalosblancos


While black actors are super under represented. Only 4 self identified Latinos actors have won. This is a little more complicated however, because loose definitions of "Hispanic/Latino."  While Lupita Nyong'o was born in Mexico and has won an Oscar, she does not identity as Latino. Similarly, non-American Hispanic actors, like Javier Bardem and Penelope Cruz (both from Spain)   have multiple nominations and wins, but are sometimes considered "foreign" actors before Hispanic actors. The most recent American-born Latina actor won in 1991: Mercedes Ruehl, The Fisher King.

4. Your film does not need to make money to win.


The lowest grossing Oscar winner for best picture was the Hurt Locker which only made $17,017,811.Given that the movie had a $15,000,000 budget, that must have hurt.

5. There used to be something called the "Juvenile Award."


It was only for child actors. Recipients included Judy Garland, Mickey Rooney, and Shirely Temple (when she was only 6 years old). They stopped giving awarding it however, because they simply could not award it every year. the youngest actor to win a big girl Oscar however was Tatum O'Neal for Paper Moon in 1974, when she was only 10.

6. Who is the Biggest Snub this year? Good news it is on Netflix.


Many people are saying Beasts of No Nation is the biggest snub this year. Whether you are mad about no nom for director Cary Fukunaga, supporting actor Idris Elba, or staring maybe the most impressive 14 year old, unknown Abraham Attah, you can say a lot about this snub. Especially because it was released on Netflix the same week it came out as a new Netflix approach of not only releasing ground breaking shows, but ground breaking movies. 

7. Don't feel bad for Leo, feel bad for Kevin O'Connell.


Yes Leo DiCaprio is maybe the most famous actor to have never won an Oscar (even with 5 nominations under his belt). Though he is among many actors who you thought had Oscars but don't, like Will Smith (2 nominations), Johnny Depp (with 3), and Glenn Close (with a whopping 6). But the real mvp of no wins, it is Kevin O'Connell, a sound engineer, with 20 nominations, no wins.

8. It has to Play in LA


To even be nominated, a movie must play in LA, run for 7 days at least, and people have to pay admission for it. Them's the rules. This rule even forced Charlie Chaplin's Limelight, to win an Oscar in 1973, even though it was made in 1952.

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