Who is Oscar?

4th March. It’s a big day for all movie lovers. Yes, it’s the Oscars. If you’re anything like me, you’ve been spending the last month seeing as many of the nominated films as possible so you can make an educated guess as to who might win.

 

Interested in reminding yourself who the nominees are? Click here to see them all.

One of my favourites has to be the film ‘Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri. It’s nominated for Best Picture and Frances McDormand is nominated for Lead Actress.  If you have seen the film, you’ll agree with me that she is spectacular as Mildred Hayes, the mother who rents three billboards to call attention to her daughter’s unsolved murder. And if you haven’t yet had the opportunity, I recommend you do. It’s definitely worth the admission to the cinema.

You can watch the trailer just to whet your appetite.

And one surprising fact that might be of interest to all of you who are movie fans. Do you know why the golden statue is called Oscar? Well the story goes that way back in the early days of the Oscars, Academy librarian Margaret Herrick commented on how the statue reminded her of her Uncle Oscar. And it began from there. The Academy didn’t adopt the nickname officially until 1939, but in 1934 when Katharine Hepburn’s won her first Best Actress statue, the title above the photograph read Katharine wins her best Oscar.

 

Vocabulary

Nominees (noun) people or films who are nominated

Billboards (noun) big advertising panels often appearing on roads and outside airports

Whet your appetite (expression) increase your interest to do something

Nickname (noun) name given to a person or thing instead of or as well as the real name.

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