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A night of glitz, glamour, and fun! At the historic Varsity Theater on Franklin St., our two film experts – Rachel Schaevitz and Dana Coen – broke down this year’s best picture nominees and talked about all the trends, snubs, and surprises from this year’s Academy Awards. This gala event was MC’d by Max Owre, with an assist from his daughter Elise.

Thanks to all who attended. Special thanks to our co-sponsors, the UNC General Alumni Association. We couldn’t have pulled it off without you!

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Due to file size limits, we had to convert the PPT to a PDF. Please note that the embedded film trailers will not play. All of the film trailers can be easily accessed on YouTube. 

Click here for some photos from this glitzy gala.

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Check out our stars, Dana Coen and Rachel Schaevitz, along with our MC for the evening, Max Owre, on 97.9 The Hill’s “Aaron Keck Show”

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The Academy nominees for best picture:

  • The Shape of Water
  • Phantom Thread
  • Three Billboards….
  • The Post
  • Lady Bird
  • Call Me by Your Name
  • Get Out
  • Darkest Hour
  • Dunkirk
Our choice for films overlooked for best picture:
  • A Ghost Story
  • The Light of the Moon
  • The Florida Project
  • A Woman, A Part
  • Mudbound
  • Norman
  • The Big Sick
  • Their Finest

  Well reviewed films:

  • All the Money in the World
  • Blade Runner, 2049
  • The Blackcoat’s Daughter
  • Columbus
  • Good Time
  • Gook
  • Helena and Hermia
  • Logan Lucky
  • Love Song
  • Lucky
  • The Survivalist
  • Split
  • War for the Planet Apes
  • Wind River
  • Wonder Woman
  • Professor Marston and the Wonder Women

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