Midterm: Academy Awards Not a Priority on Arts Campus

Some students turn to the Internet for results after the show is over.

Post by Mary Callie Gisler. Photo by Brad Miller.

EUGENE, Ore. — The University of Oregon (UO) campus will not be rolling out the red carpet for this year’s Academy Awards. For some college-aged viewers, tuning into the 85th anniversary of the event on Feb. 24, 2013 is not a priority.

For University senior Ariadne Cluver, classes are now a main focus as her graduation looms at the end of March. According to Cluver, her studies leave little time for movies and award shows. While watching the Academy Awards was an enjoyable memory of her childhood, it is no longer a priority.

“I watched the Oscars a kid, but it doesn’t interest me anymore. Now it doesn’t matter who wins and loses,” said the biology student.

Some members of the campus community will catch up on the Academy Award winners through online news outlets and social media after the show is over. According to students, it is not the award show, but the famous nominees who are the main attraction.

“I catch up online afterwards,” said University senior and art history major Kelly Keese. “I probably won’t watch this year’s Oscars. It’s tedious because there is so much chatter between award [presentations]. ”

Though Keese does not plan to watch the event, she is rooting for her favorite actress: “I liked Jennifer Lawrence in ‘Silver Linings Playbook’… She did a good job with a character what I think would be hard to play. It wasn’t someone you’d meet everyday, so she did a good job of being her character.”

Lawrence was nominated for Best Actress in a Lead Role. Other nominees include Jessica Chastain, Emmanuelle Riva, Naomi Watts and Quvenzhané Wallis.

Architecture student Wes Thompson is cheering for actress Quvenzhané Wallis, 9, who starred in the hit movie “Beasts of the Southern Wild”. The film was nominated for Best Picture, along with “Silver Linings Playbook”, “Zero Dark Thirty” and five other movies.

“It’s always impressive when a young actress can do so well. [Wallis] played brave and naïve at the same time,” said Thompson. “It would be cool for a younger actress to win.”

Though according to Cluver, who is cheering for Best Actor nominee Denzel Washington, an Oscar nomination says more than enough about a celebrity’s talent: “They are all good; otherwise they wouldn’t be there. It seems like getting nominated is good enough.”

Bradley Cooper, Hugh Jackman, Joaquin Phoenix and Daniel Day-Lewis were also nominated for Best Actor in a Lead Role.

The award show has aired live on television since 1953, according to the offical website. The 85th Academy Awards, hosted by actor Seth MacFarlane, will premiere on Feb. 24, 2013 at 7 p.m. (EST) on ABC.

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