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86th Acadmey Awards

As you may know, the 86th annual Academy Awards are coming up this Sunday and all of us at Jovie are very passionate about the arts. We love arts of all kinds, but we especially love to watch great films and television shows! We have taken some of our Oscar predictions to see who gets bragging rights when we all come back from the weekend.

For Best Picture:
Elena: Captain Phillips
Shelah and Amanda: Gravity
Lauren: Dallas Buyer’s Club
Nicole: American Hustle

Best Actress:
Laren, Elena, Shelah and Nicole: Sandra Bullock
Amanda: Amy Adams

Best Actor:

Shelah and Lauren: Leonardo DiCaprio
Amanda and Elena: Matthew McConaughey
Nicole: Christian Bale

Best Supporting Actress:
Lauren and Shelah: Jennifer Lawrence
Elena and Nicole: Julia Roberts
Amanda: Lupita Nyong’o

Best Supporting Actor:
Elena, Amanda and Lauren: Jared Leto
Nicole: Bradley Cooper
Shelah: Barkhad Abdi

Who do you think will win?

What It Takes to Get to the Oscars – Amanda

I might think about the Oscars differently than the average person. As some of you may know, I am a senior at The University of North Texas studying  Radio/TV/Film. A couple of years ago I got this idea in my head that I was going to direct a short film for the Advanced Film program at UNT-no matter what.  The Advanced Film program is the highest level that a film student can reach at UNT. You get to use the best equipment and work with really talented artists. I knew I was going to have to work really really hard and make great art to be considered for it. So I did it.

I sent in my application for director, my original screenplay, and my demo reel last year and hoped for the best. My original screenplay was one of the projects chosen and I am set to direct "The Phoenix" a horror film inspired by the works of Hitchcock and Kubrick for the Advanced Film Program. My super talented crew and I will be filming it later this month! I don’t want it to seem like I’m bragging-to tell you the truth I really don’t like attention all that much. My point is, I have an idea of what all the nominees have gone through to get to the Oscars. It takes a crazy amount of time, effort, and dedication to create a great project. It may even take years for you to get your foot in the door.

To win an Academy Award is the most prestigious award you can get in the industry. The nominees have worked extremely hard. Filmmaking is not easy. It’s a high stress profession filled with rejection. If you don’t really love filmmaking, you would never survive the 12-16 hour days, the disagreements that occur between people, the sleep you miss out on, and the friends and family you don’t get to spend time with. It really is a sacrifice in many aspects. Everyone from directors, producers, cinematographers, editors, and sound mixers, and visual effects artists, actors, etc. work really hard and have worked hard for many, many years to develop their craft and to get to where 
they are. Without a doubt, they are all very passionate about what they do. There’s nothing like spending time on set. As they say, there ain’t no business like show business!

Everyone who is nominated deserves to be recognized. It’s not all about glitz and glamour. Everyone worked really hard on their projects for months or even years! I believe it when people say its an honor just to be nominated. I hope that my short film is good enough to submitted to the Student Academy Awards next year (Yes, there is such a thing). Even if it’s not, it’s just another stepping stone to learn and improve my skills so that I can get there someday. So go watch the Academy Awards on Sunday and support the artists who work hard to make great art for us all to enjoy! 

Best wishes for a happy spring!

Jovie Team


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