Here’s Everything That Should Be Winning An Oscar This Year—But Won’t


Think of this as the alt-Oscars

It wouldn’t be Oscar season without a dash of nomination controversy, but this year’s debate has been fairly subdued. Yes, the Best Picture and Director categories are still dominated by (mainly white) men and some critics have questioned Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri’s seven noms in light of its prickly racial politics, but there’s been nothing as contentious as last year’s Best Picture snubs for Jackie and Silence, or Jacob Tremblay’s absence from the Best Supporting Actor list in 2016. That being said, the Academy never gets it completely right, and an extra-strong field of candidates this year has left a wealth of excellent films and actors shut out from the major categories. In an ideal world, this alternative selection would have made the cut.

Best Picture: The Killing of a Sacred Deer
The Greek auteur Yorgos Lanthimos is certainly an acquired taste, which may explain the glaring absence of The Killing of a Sacred Deer from this year’s Oscar slate. Everything about his work is tailored to unsettle, from his repetitive, artificial dialogue to the extreme wide shots that make his actors seem more like miniature marionettes in a puppet theatre than humans on location. But while 2015’s The Lobster (nominated for Best Screenplay at last year’s Awards) placed Lanthimos’ apparent muse, Colin Farrell, in a dystopian world of human hunts and animal transformations, Killing takes place in a world that, barring one potent detail, is entirely naturalistic, thus ramping up the tension and relatability of its horrific scenario. While strong performances are par for the course for Farrell and Nicole Kidman, both embracing their late-career renaissances with gusto, Lanthimos’ supporting cast is equally scene-stealing. Barry Keoghan, fresh from Best Picture-nominated Dunkirk, is engrossingly psychopathic as vengeful teen Martin, while, as Farrell and Kidman’s children, Raffey Cassidy and Sunny Suljic reckon with the prospect of approaching death with a delicate and tragic sensitivity. Perhaps this bleak, postmodern take on fairy-tale horror was simply too scary for the Academy.

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He announced the news today

On Monday, Bernie Sanders announced that he is running for president again, after he lost the primary in 2016 to Hillary Clinton. And although he was very popular during the 2016 election, his announcement is drawing mixed reactions online.

Many of his previous supporters, including celebrities like Mark Ruffalo, were excited about him joining the 2020 race, voicing their support of his announcement.

But others seem to want him to disappear, even pretending not to know who he is. And these reactions have turned out, in some cases, to be hilarious.

The lack of excitement for his announcement may be because of the recent allegations of sexual assault which apparently occurred within his 2016 campaign, and which he claims he didn't know about. It could also be due to his base, who supported him even after he lost the primary to the detriment of Clinton's campaign.

Some are also calling out the fact that Clinton has been effectively shunned following her loss, while Sanders seems to be being welcomed back with open arms.



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The pieces will take your athleisure look to the next level

American Apparel just dropped its first activewear line since the brand's relaunch last year, and I can already tell that these looks are going to make up my entire summer wardrobe.

The new line, called FORWARD, offers a variety of styles in lightweight fabrics like flyweight satin, which is an imitation of boxing gear; lame tricot; and cotton Spandex. All of the fabrics feature a four-way stretch, making the clothes "suitable for training but also designed for life outside the gym."

With the collection, American Apparel also launched an inclusive campaign called How We Play, which shows a diverse range of models, including blind Paralympic runner David Brown and curvy yoga instructor Luisa Fonseca.

The collection's styles offer a wide range of looks which will fit with just about any aesthetic, whether you're going hard at the gym or looking for a casual off-day outfit. Personally, I'm excited about the iridescent looks and the rainbow patterned bra and bottoms, which I will definitely be rocking at Pride this year.

The entire line is also super-affordable, capping out at $48, with most products priced in the $20-to-$30 range. You can shop FORWARD collection online, now.