Madison movie fans share Oscar expectations

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MADISON (WKOW) — While every film fan has a different reason to make it out to the movies, many in Madison agree for those performances that popped, a little academy acclaim is in order.

Alex Baumann and his wife Claudia Morse-Baumann hope that acclaim goes to Glenn Close, nominated for Best Actress in their favorite film of the year, “The Wife.”

“It was a drama, it was entertaining and they actually acted,” Baumann said.

While “The Wife” didn’t get a Best Picture nod, a few mainstream hits, like “Black Panther,” “A Star is Born” and “Bohemian Rhapsody” made the cut. Still long-time Oscar fans Barbara and Jim Erlenborn had their own pick for the top prize.

“I wouldn’t necessarily go where my kids go but I did see “Green Book” and I thought that was an excellent choice,” Jim said.

The Erlenborns said they watch the awards show every year to see if their choices get picked and if they haven’t seen the top performances, they add it to their “must-see” list.

“That kind of professionalism to be honored should be paid attention to,” Jim said.

Not all movie fans appreciate the Oscars, however. Baumann said he’s grown tired of the political messages and controversies that surround the show.

“I remember last year we started to watch the Academy Awards and after about 10 minutes we just turned it off,” he said. “Enough of people complaining that are making $20 million a movie.”

If he’s going to watch, he said he wants to see the show focus on the films it’s honoring.

Still, this year’s awards show does come with its fair share of controversy. Kevin Hart stepped down as host after facing criticism for past tweets. Now the Oscars are hostless.

The Erleborns disagree on whether or not this will have a negative impact on the show but both agree they plan on watching regardless.

“Just to see who wins,” Barbara said.

Wisconsin is also making its mark on the Academy Awards this year.

Four-time nominee Willem Dafoe is up for Best Actor for his performance as Vincent van Gogh in “At Eternity’s Gate.” He’s from Appleton.

Also, UW-Madison graduate Phil Johnston is nominated for Best Animated Feature for writing and directing “Ralph Breaks the Internet.”

Michelle Alfini

Michelle Alfini

Reporter, WKOW

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