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It’s red carpet time again, and The Owl staff has cast the winners from the 2017 Oscar lineup. 

And the Best Picture is...

“Hidden Figures”

This film documents the true story of three African-American women who serve a key role in the early days of NASA and the race against Soviet Union to put a man in space. It stars Taraji P. Henson as Katherine Johnson, Octavia Spencer as Dorothy Vaughan and Janelle Monáe as Mary Jackson. 

We picked “Hidden Figures” as the best picture because of how inspiring the film is. The story is told with incredible honesty and heart, with dashes of humor to lighten the mood now and then. The struggle of these three intelligent women and all the others trying to get where they deserved to be, is especially moving. The antagonists, those who kept changing the finish line, are played with terrible candor and gave the movie the bittersweetness that it needed. It has no contest, it deserves to win.

And the Best Leading Actor is...

Denzel Washington 

Denzel is a clear winner for best actor in leading role. In “Fences,” an award-winning play to film that Washington directed himself, he plays the part of Troy Maxson, a working-class man trying to raise his family, while also trying to come to terms with his life. Washington is astounding. In every role that he plays, including this one, he steps fully into the shoes of who he was picked to portray. His skills have definitely not gone unnoticed, due to the amount of respect and awards he has received in the acting community. Washington does what every truly gifted actor does, he becomes his character.

And the Best Leading Actress is...

Taraji P. Henson 

Henson is an amazing actress and definitely is our winner for best actress in leading role. She is best known for her part as Cookie Lyon in the popular television series “Empire,” but has recently come to the big screen as the main character from “Hidden Figures.” She plays Katherine Johnson, an African American woman working at NASA trying to send a man into space even if some of her coworkers and the times are against her. Taraji’s performance is great - she’s strong and smart and determined to reach her goals, no matter what is in her way. Henson really embraced this character and in our opinion she did the true-story the justice that it deserved.

And the Best Animated Film is...

“Zootopia”  

In this film, anthropomorphic animals live in a city where an optimistic bunny cop named Judy and a pessimistic con-artist fox named Nick have to work together to solve a mysterious plot. 

“Zootopia” was picked as best animated feature because of the message and inspiration that it expels. It speaks to those kids out there who want to be something but are torn down and told that they have to be something else. The film also relates with a little girl power, Judy is looked down upon by the other officers because she is smaller than them and if applied to real life circumstances, it was also probably because she was a girl. The movie speaks with a powerful message: it doesn’t matter who you are or if you’re a boy or girl, be what you want.

And the Best Visual Effects are... 

“Doctor Strange”

In this latest Marvel triumph, intelligent but arrogant neurosurgeon Dr. Stephen Strange gets some new perspectives on life when a terrible accident leaves him broken and an ancient sorceress takes him under her wing to fight the mystical forces of evil. 

There is no possible competition for best visual effects, especially if you’ve seen this movie in an IMAX theater. The film has a lot to do with reality and how the sorcerers effect it, so you see a lot of mindblowing visuals that are almost illusion-like. Buildings twist and fold in on themselves, the world turns inside-out with different dimensions, the sorcerers draw on the energy of these dimensions to make their weapons, everything is visually masterful.

And the Best Book to Screen is...

“Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children”

From the book to the screen, this film tells the tale of Jacob Portman, an ordinary kid from Florida. When his grandfather suddenly dies, the stories he told Jacob as a child, stories of an island and an orphanage full of special children, come to the surface along with many unanswered questions. Jacob heads to the island to find some answers, but gets a lot more than he bargained for when he discovers that the children and headmistress are in terrible danger. 

This was our pick for best book to screen because of how it is portrayed. Director Tim Burton does a great job sticking with some of the more eerie aspects that made the novel so popular, but also didn’t overwhelm the audience with it. The mood is lightened in the right places, and darkened in the corresponding scenes where it needed to be. Portrayal of the characters, from Eva Green as Miss Peregrine to Finlay MacMillan as Enoch, is well thought out. Eva Green is clever and quick in her role, and even the Odwell brothers did their part to bring the beloved twins to life, even if they had no actual speaking roles. This film stuck to the book a lot, which makes it our win for best book to movie.

And the Worst Movie is...

“The 5th Wave”

Four waves of lethal alien attacks have destroyed most of the Earth and its inhabitants. Cassie Sullivan, an ordinary teenager until now, is on the run, frantically searching for her younger brother Sam in a world where you can no longer tell the difference between friend or foe. As the inevitable fifth wave approaches, Cassie meets a young man who may be her only hope, but can she actually trust him? 

“The 5th Wave” was chosen as worst movie for a variety of reasons. One of the main reasons is the acting. Most of the character roles, Chloë Grace Moretz being a prime example, seem too put-on. The level of acting is just not set at a high enough standard. Another reason it fails is that the whole thing simply comes off as though it’s thrown together, with the visual effects attempting to gloss over some parts of the film. All of it factored into the results, which, we’re sorry to say, end up rather cringe-worthy.

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