Film program rolls out the red carpet for the Oscars

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In celebration of the 89th Academy Awards, the film and cinema studies program, in conjunction with the Department of English, will host an Oscar viewing party.

Complete with a red carpet and an environment that is celebratory in tone, the event will take place 5 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 26 in Meiley-Swallow Hall Thrust Theater.

As in past years the heavily lauded awards ceremony has come under criticism for its perceived lack of diversity, however, this year’s Oscars has been highly anticipated due to its range of nominees.

Viola Davis, Naomie Harris, and Octavia Spencer are among the top contenders for Best Actress in a Supporting Role, while Mahershala Ali and Dev Patel are nominated for Best Actor in a Supporting Role.

Denzel Washington is up for Best Actor in a Leading Role, while Ruth Negga is nominated for Best Actress in a Leading Role. This makes for seven nominees of color across the four acting categories — a stark departure from last year’s ‘#OscarsSoWhite moniker.

Those attending Sunday’s event are encouraged to embrace the traditional decorum of the night by dressing in fun, formal attire. Snacks will also be provided, along with commentary by English Department professors and film fans.

For more information, contact Dr. Chelsey Crawford of the film and screen studies program.

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