To watch or not to watch the award winners after the Oscars


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Jared Leto, who won Best Supporting Actor for his performance in “Dallas Buyers Club,” poses with his statue after the Oscars.

Jared Leto’s flawless ombré hair, Ellen DeGeneres’ viral tweet, and the real delivery of pizza to front row attendees were all memorable aspects of the 86th Academy Awards on March 2. Each year we critique the dresses and the performance by the host, but of course, the winners of the evening will be engrained in our memories as well. For some students, this creates a difficult situation: if they haven’t seen a movie, yet it wins, some are split on whether or not to still see it.

In fact, the awards heightened the expectations of some students, such as Lillian Appell ’15, and made them want to see a film even more after it had won.

“I watched ‘Dallas Buyers Club’ after the awards and I don’t think it was ruined. I think that I was expecting more from the actors [Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto] because they both won an Oscar,” she said.

Vig Namasivayam ’16 agrees with Appell, saying that expectations can be swayed after the awards season.

“You’re expecting greatness and you may not get it, just because that movie isn’t really your type. On the other hand, even though the hype is gone, it’s definitely worth it to watch the movie, even if it is after award season,” Namasivayam said.

Unlike Appell and Namasivayam, Tessa Mall ’15 always expects greatness from films featured during awards season.

“My mom and I have been watching every single movie that was nominated for an Oscar. Once you know something has been nominated, you know it’s going to be good,” she said.

For those who want to catch up on the winners but don’t have all the time, Jimmy Kimmel’s post-Oscars spoofs can provide the Academy Award winner appearances and a few laughs.

But if you’re truly set on seeing the films featured, Namasivayam says “there’s nothing to lose and so much to gain” by seeing films post-awards season.