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THE BLUE BANNER, Academy Awards fuel film dialogue among community AAaddie Stagnaro - Staff Writer The Oscars season officially heated up when the academy announced nominations last Thursday morning. According to members, anticipation within the film community centers around the cultural and social impact of the nominated film choices. Amy Adams and Christian Bale blew audiences and critics away with their chemistry, Leonardo DiCaprio shocked us as Jordan Belfort and Chiwetel Ejiofor stunned his audience with a glimpse into the horrors of slavery. “I think ‘ 12 Years a Slave’really spoke to the African-American community and spoke to the true horrors of what was going on in that time,” said Greg Branson, an entertainment business insider for nearly 20 years. “I’ve never seen Ejiofor in anything before, so I don’t really have anything to compare it to but he did a great job.” Martin Scorsese’s “The Wolf of Wall Street” may have been the most shocking movie for viewers this year, as it displayed a large amount of nudity, including an orgy and significant amounts of drug use. “I was really surprised to see that it got nominated,” said Erik Montoya of the Asheville Film Society. “DiCaprio did a fantastic job but I think the content shocked a lot of people. It will speak volumes about the viewers and voters if it wins.” Joaquin Phoenix proved himself a true actor with his performance in Spike Jonze’s “Her” in a welcome comeback. “Her” brought viewers into a futuristic world where a man can have a relationship with his computer. “My cellphone tells me when to go to wake up in the morning, it was a very real issue about being obsessed with a cellphone, and I think it spoke to the direction our culture is headed.” Branson said. According to some members of the film community, there were several disappointments in this year’s crop of Academy Awards nominees. ‘“Captain Phillips’ wasn’t as good as I thought it would be. I think Tom Hanks did well, but the storyline was too weak for the amount of intensity,” said Jenna Parker of the Asheville Film Society. Montoya said she disagreed with Parker. “I think “Nebraska” was disappointing, the story was cliche and the acting was mediocre; however. “American Hustle” lived up to every expectation I had. Adams and Bale had such fabulous chemistry, it blew me away.” Montoya said. Matthew McConaughey may have decidedly been the most surprising performance of the year in “Dallas Buyers Club.” “McConaughey was not only cast against type, but threw himself into the character and his physicality, dieting off almost 50 pounds to play a believably gaunt, wasted patient. He didn’t sacrifice his humor and charm; however, which are vital to capturing our interest in and sympathy for his plight,” said Ann Weber, a retired UNCA professor of psychology. “It’ll be an interesting awards show this year, with such a diverse set of movies it’ll be interesting to see what America chooses.” Parker said. COFFEE + TEA + BAGELS + SOUP +SANDWICHES + WRAPS + BEER + WINE + KOMBUCHA ...Mir') QWTI At Plato’s Closet, we buy & sell trendy TEEN and TWENTY SOMETHING casual style clothes, shoes & accessories for Guys and Girls. We have great stuff to change up your look - Jeans, Dresses, Tees, Fun Tops, Guy’s Stuff, Jewelry and much morel And, don’t forget, we pay CASH on the spot for your gently used Items! y[«[ mil limit tiifiu pfnyiiMiiift m nil Plato’s Closet - Asheville 26 Westgate Parkway Asheville, NC 28806 828-255-8622 YOUR COFFEE HOUSE OPEN 6 AM 'TILL 10 PM EVERYDAY ENTERTAINMENT + MEETING TABLES + PATIO + FIREPLACE 870 MERRIMON AVE EXCHANGE continued from page II said. Ak said her traditional Turkish food is more sophisticated, but UNCA offers more options. Puupponen said she was surprised when she discovered the desert selections offered at the dining hall. “It really takes some self control to not eat it everyday,” Puupponen said. However, Puupponen said her No. 1 dining preference on campus is Rosetta’s. After only being at UNCA for a little more than a week now, she said she has already fallen in love with their vegetarian and vegan menu. Although their journey at UNCA just began, several of the international students said they are already planning what they would like to accomplish during their time abroad. Ak said she hopes to do as much traveling as she can, while Puupponen said she seeks inspiration. Puupponen said she has already found some inspiration during her first week at UNCA. She said she enjoys the approach her professors take in teaching their courses, especially in her studies of health and wellness promotion. “So far it’s been an amazing experience and I am looking forward to everyday I get to spend here around great people.” Puupponen said.

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