The Academy Award of Merit, nicknamed Oscar, is a statuette of a knight standing on a reel of film gripping a crusader’s sword. The film reel features five spokes, signifying the five original branches of the Academy: actors, directors, producers, technicians and writers. Oscar stands 13.5 inches tall and weighs eight and half pounds. Since 1929, 2,701 Oscars have been awarded and it takes three to four weeks to make the 50 statuettes for the Academy Awards.
Madison Wagner, a sophomore health science major from McCook: “I think that ‘Toy Story 3’ will win because it attracted such a large audience from kids to adults.”
Kyle Kuypers, a senior English and theatre major from Kearney: “My vote is for ‘Inception’ because it has a dynamite cast, a great script, awesome effects and it’s an A+ across the board. ‘Inception’ set the bar and that’s what the audience is going to remember.”
Shelby Benda, a freshman psychology major from Albion: “I pick ‘Toy Story 3’ because I watched all the ‘Toy Stories’ when I was young, and now as I watch I still like how the movies end.”
Actor in a Leading Role
Alex Lamb, a sophomore secondary education and English major from Elkhorn: “Jessie Eisenberg should win for ‘The Social Network’ because he captured the eccentricities of Facebook creator Mark Zuckerberg.”
Catch an Oscar-Nominated film
To check out a couple of Oscar-nominated films near you, visit Kearney Cinema 8 where "King's Speech" is playing, or visit Hilltop 4 Theaters where you can see "True Grit." Find more information at www.kearneycinema.com.