Volume 5 Issue 5
vessel Backstage Pass An Inside Interview With Norden Pass
When in Rome Concert Choral Experiences Italy
A Valentineâ€™s Date 11 Winter Activities for Everyone
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When In Rome
Game Day Recipes
And the Oscar Goes to...
11 Winter Activities for Everyone
An Inside Interview with Norden Pass Follow Your Heart
Concert Choral Experiences Italy
A Valentine’s Date
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The Colosseum located in Rome, Italy. Photo courtesy of Ellie Herman
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Note From The Editors Welcome back USF! The Media Department hopes that you have had a great start to your 2018. The Vessel is still in search of its next Editors; if you are interested, please apply now! If you do not want to be an Editor, but wish to contribute to the magazine, email us: firstname.lastname@example.org. We accept story ideas, as well as creative works, including poetry, short stories, photography, or art. This month’s cover photo features the band Norden Pass (Tuakah Whiangar and Micah Reierson), taken by USF senior, Adria Botella i Moreno. The story can be found on page eight. Unless other wise stated, photos are taken by Editor, Yuharelly Comparan or are copyright free. Any opinions presented in the magazine are not a reflection of The Vessel magazine, the Media Department, or the University; they belong to only the writer. Stay-up-to-date on the latest campus news by going to usfvessel.com.
In the Political Arena: Loading... Written by Whitney Fryer
What is Net Neutrality? It is the basic principle that Internet service providers (ISPs) have to authorize access to all online content regardless of source. Net Neutrality prohibits ISPs, such as AT&T, Comcast, and Verizon from speeding up, slowing down or blocking online content; they cannot interfere with what is posted online. This principle was designed to ensure that the Internet was open to everyone. Without net neutrality protections, users would likely have to pay more to access the information they already do on a regular basis. For example, ISPs could block or charge users a higher price to view videos from Netflix or Hulu. They could also force these same video streaming services to pay more to ensure their videos are streamed at the same speed and quality in comparison to other sites. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) was pressured by activists to adopt the Open Internet Order of 2015; which established that the Internet was to remain free and open, thus allowing people to access information without interference. ISPs were also reclassified as “common carriers” under Title II of the Communications Act (1934); similar to airlines, telephone and electricity companies, ISPs were required to serve everyone.
The Open Internet Order gave the FCC legal authority to enforce Net Neutrality rules, as well as prevent ISPs from discriminating between websites’ data.
The Future of the Internet On December 14th, the Republicanmajority FCC voted 3-2, along party lines, to repeal and reverse the 2015 Net Neutrality rules that had placed restrictions on how ISPs connect users to the Internet. The newest proposal would allow companies to block, slow, or provide “fast lanes” to certain sites or services. Internet users would have to pay a fee to access websites or content. Prior, all Internet content was treated equally, without Net Neutrality protections, ISPs can control what users access and view. Without Net Neutrality rules in place, ISPs will be able to slow down their competitors’ content or block political opinions they disagree with. Depending on how users access the Internet, they may no longer be able to view conservative or liberal news; only news that has been filtered by their ISP.
Who Benefits from the Repeal? Telecommunications companies, such as AT&T, Comcast, and Verizon are vying for the impending death of Net Neutrality, mainly because they hope the repeal will allow them to make more money.
With the rules gone, the Internet will become pay-to-play technology with two tiers: one that has speedy service and one that does not. Big tech companies, such as Google or Amazon will occupy the high-speed lane. Whereas everyone else would be stuck in the slow lane.
Who Loses? Internet users. Although it will not happen immediately, without Net Neutrality rules, ISPs could start to limit what is accessible on the Internet and charge higher fees to get sites and services that were once free.
What is Next? Congress still holds the power to reverse the FCC’s decision. The Open Internet Preservation Act, unveiled by House Republicans, would prevent the blocking or degrading the quality of websites. This Act, however would not completely restore Net Neutrality rules, as it does not mention “paid prioritization,” or the ability of ISPs to speed up certain websites in exchange for a fee. The predominant decision regarding the future of net neutrality will move to the courts, but a final decision on the new regulations will not likely emerge for at least another year. For now, the Internet will remain as it, pending decisions from Congress and the FCC.
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When in Rome: Concert Choral Experiences Italy
On December 27th, the Stewart Center was quickly filled with the voices of the USF Concert Chorale, singing their benediction God You Have Called Your Servants – a prayer right before heading off on their Italian tour. The Concert Chorale tours Internationally every two years, seeing famous landmarks, singing in Cathedrals and churches, and serving communities around the world. USF Choir Director Dr. David DeHooghKliewer has been preparing the students for the trip since the beginning 2017 by fundraising and of course, singing. Thirty-seven of the seventy-four choir members came together for the tour, including members who have been on an international tour with the choir before. Junior Brennan Waltner participated in the last European Tour to the Czech Republic, Austria, and Germany in 2015 - 2016. Waltner says he decided to participate again because for him, college is one of the best times to travel. “It’s cheap, it’s organized, you are with all your friends,and you get special passes into the Cathedrals to sing, which is amazing in and of itself,” Waltner says. “To be able to travel with your choir, with
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your friends, is something I will never be able to do again. That’s what motivated me to sign up for this trip.”
Michelangelo’s most famous paintings were created on the very ceiling and walls.
After the choir traveled about 14 hours to Rome, the discovery of Italian culture began.
Later in the evening, the choir sang in St. Peter’s Basilica, where the current pope of the Catholic Church Pope Francis holds Mass. Even though Pope Francis was not present, the Chorale still had a beautiful performance.
The first full day was a tour of Rome, the Eternal City and hosting a concert at the St. Eustachio Church. The day was full of seeing as much of the city as possible; including the Spanish Steps, the Parthenon, and the Trevi Fountain. Junior Gillian Cheney says that her greatest excitement was when she realized she was experiencing the same history that she had been learning about since the second grade.
New Years Eve started with the departure from Rome and into the Tuscan region of Italy. Tuscany, Italy is known for their food, a huge part of the Italian culture. The choir experienced and ate everything from pizza, pasta, paninis, and gelato to meat and cheese platters, tiramisu, and kabobs.
“In Ancient History we learned about the Roman Empire. So being in Rome and being in the Roman Forum and sitting on Columns that are older than our country is really, really cool,” Cheney says.
Waltner says that his favorite part about traveling internationally is getting the opportunity to try authentic foods from that region.
The second day, the choir toured inside Vatican City. They saw famous paintings, Spanish tapestries, statues, and handmade maps, all of which are hundreds and thousands of years old.
“I’m not a big shopper, so instead I like to try all different types of food. The kabobs that I had were amazing. It was my favorite food,” Waltner says.
The choir also got the chance to bask in awe in the Sistine Chapel, where
The first stop in the Tuscan region was Assisi, where St. Francis’ Basilica is
located. The choir got to sit in the back in Italian gothic chairs that made the performance for mass several of the choir member’s favorite performances. “As far as the sound, it was one of the smaller Basilicas or churches that we were in. But I could really hear the whole choir and so it was kind of more fun for me in that way,” Cheney says. After a fun afternoon spent in the little town of Assisi, it was time to move onto Sienna.
Story & photos by Ellie Herman
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The New Year’s Eve evening included a steak dinner and was filled with dancing throughout the night. An Italian band named Bandabardò performed on stage in Sienna’s town square and also counted the last seconds of 2017 down. As the clock struck midnight, the members of the choir all wished Happy New Year to each other, starting out 2018 on a good note. On the first day of 2018, the choir performed at the Castle Monestero outside of Sienna. The castle had also been converted to a beautiful spa and resort. After a free afternoon back in Sienna, the choir did a walking tour around Sienna. Part of the tour was seeing the Sienna Cathedral, one of Italy’s most famous cathedrals. Inside includes paintings and sculptures made by Michelangelo, Pisano, Donatello, and Pinturicchio. The Sienna Cathedral was one of three places in Sienna where the choir had impromptu performances. “You had people that would stop us and be enthralled with music just as much as people in the church. That was really cool to bring lots of joy and music to people’s ears from all different countries,” Cheney says
Signoria, the Loggia dei Lanzi, and the outside of the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore. The toured ended at the Accademia Museum, which contains pieces of artwork, sculptures and the Statue of David by Michelangelo. After viewing many incredibly works of art, choir members got the opportunity to spend the rest of the evening exploring the streets and sites of Florence on their own. The next day was a bus ride to the home of Gondolas and Island of Venice, Italy. The day was spent touring the beautiful town filled with rivers and bridges. That evening, the Concert Chorale went to the Four Seasons, were an orchestral
piece from Vivaldi was performed. Members of the choir spent the final day of the tour boating through the city of Venice. The morning and afternoon were filled with last minute shopping ships, food, and Gondola rides. “It was a successful tour and I was excited to end my last European Tour on a high note in Italy,” Waltner says. The tour concluded with one final performance at St. Mark’s Basilica’s. The Chorale sang for the last time together in Europe for those attending the evening mass. After a farewell dinner, it was time to say arrivederci to Italy.
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The next day, the choir continued through Tuscany, which includes the city of Lucca. Lucca had great shopping, food, and the option to get an awesome view from the top of the Guinigi tower.
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As the afternoon went by riding on the bus, the choir finally arrived in Florence, which is known for its art museums and fashion, especially Italian leather.
During the evening tour in Florence, the choir viewed the whole city lit up at night. That night the choir also stayed in a nun convent that has also been converted to a hotel. In the morning the choir toured part of Florence, seeing the Piazza della
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Valentine’s Date Ideas for Everyone These eleven activities are not exclusive to Valentine’s Day, so grab a date, a family member, or a couple of friends and enjoy these fun winter activities before the snow melts! For those of you not too keen on winter, the editors have included a few indoor events to try as well. Information collected by Yuharelly Comparan & Whitney Fryer.
Dinner & Dancing Date Night Dance Company offers both group classes ($25 per couple) and private dance lessons ($65 per session) for those want to learn new skills or tune up their dance moves. Join a group class with your date or schedule private lessons to take with a group of friends. Afterwards, grab dinner at your favorite Sioux Falls restaurant.
Butterfly House & A Sweet Treat Do not let the cold prevent you from enjoying nature. The Butterfly House & Aquarium makes for a fun experience out of the cold; open Monday through Sunday, 10 AM - 5 PM. Next, go to Oh My Cupcakes to grab a snack; open Monday through Sunday, 9 AM - 6 PM.
Movie & Arcade
Go ice skating at the Scheels IcePlex on February 14th from 11 AM - 1 PM. Admission is $6 per person, plus $3 to rent skates. For a full listing of open skate times, visit scheelsiceplex.com. If you have your own skates and are up for bracing the elements, visit: siouxfalls. org/parks/ice-rinks to get a list of the outdoor ice rinks open for the season.
Catch a movie at West Mall 7 for $3.50 each. See page 14 for a list of must-see movies. Before the movie starts, visit the Electric Rainbow arcade, open from 11 AM - 10 PM.
Lunch & Color-Me-Mine Grab a bite to eat at your favorite Sioux Falls restaurant, then head to Color-Me-Mine to create a one of a kind pottery piece. Simply select a pottery piece and paint away; art skills not required. Open Monday through Saturday 10 AM - 8 PM and 12 - 5 PM on Sundays. Call to ask for pricing. If bringing a large group, book a reservation, as space is limited.
A Walk Downtown
Stroll through downtown Sioux Falls; look at all the sculptures along the way and check out some of the unique shops. When it gets too chilly, head over to Coffea on Phillips Avenue to warm up over a cup of tea or coffee.
Hit the Slopes Great Bear Ski Valley offers activities for those with all levels of experience, from snowboarding and skiing to tubing. Lessons are also offered; call to make a reservation! After a day in the snow, stop by the lodge to grab a snack and hot beverage. Open Monday through Friday, 3 - 9 PM and on Saturday and Sunday from 9 AM - 9 PM. Visit greatbearpark.com for a list of prices.
Bowling & Pastries If the cold is not for you, bowl a round or two at Empire Bowl. Before 5PM, one game is $4.50, after five it is $5.50, plus $4 to rent shoes. For open bowl hours, visit empirebowl.com. Afterwards, go to CH Patisserie to try a Europeanstyle dessert. They are open until 8PM weekdays and until 9PM on Friday and Saturday.
Escape 605 & Cold Stone “ESCAPE 605 presents you with the challenge of immersing yourself and your teammates into cleverly themed rooms armed only with your wits and the collaboration of your teammates to solve all of the clues in just 60 minutes and... ESCAPE.” Admission starts at $29.95 per person. Each room requires at least two people to play, some rooms can accommodate up to 20 people; there is space to bring all of your friends. After you have successfully escaped, head to Cold Stone Creamery to grab a sweet treat and celebrate your victory.
Zoo & Zoup Take a trip to the Great Plains Zoo & Delbridge Museum, which is home to more than 1,000 animals, including tigers, giraffes, rhinos, zebras, and a national award-winning Snow Monkey exhibit. The zoo is open Monday through Sunday 10 AM - 4 PM and admission is $12.75 + tax per person. After a chilly walk through the zoo, stop at Zoup, located on west 41st street to enjoy a hot bowl of fresh soup.
Prepare a Meal Together & Play Board Games
Get cozy in the kitchen by preparing a dish with your significant other or host dinner with a few friends to show off your culinary skills. See page 12 for a simple dinner date recipe you can create at home. Then end the night by playing a few board games.
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Inside Interview With
Story by Jessica Perez Photos courtesy of Adria i Botella Moreno & Chloe Peterson
College students have enough on
their plate when it comes to school work and their future. However, for students Tuakah Whiangar and Micah Reierson, their college experience is different than most. The two talented singers decided to join forces to worship God by creating their own worship band, known as Norden Pass. They said they wanted the opportunity to make an impact in students’ lives through their own music. “I felt the call from God to start writing some music for the church specifically. It says all over scripture that we are to sing to the Lord a new song, and I felt that was something I was supposed to do,” Reierson says. “I had the opportunity to do that with Tuakah, so I reached out to Tuakah and he too felt that call from the Lord to embark on a journey such as this, so that is kind of how it all started,” Reierson says. The two singers started the band in spring of 2017. The unique title of the band was inspired by the name of the
lake and the name of the street where they wrote their first songs. “We had a retreat at Lake Norden here in South Dakota and that’s where we wrote all the songs. The name of the street was Pelakin Pass so we took the Norden and the Pass, and as Micah says, we just squished it together and came up with Norden Pass,” Whiangar says. Reirson and Whiangar have led worship at churches around the community of Sioux Falls and at USF’s Thursday Night Worship. They set out to be an example of how the Church is the body and as Christians; they say we each have a role to play. “My parents are missionaries; my dad is a preacher. He goes out and he speaks and teaches the gospel. I can’t do that, but the cool thing about that is that I don’t have to,” says Whiangar. “We all have our part to do; we all have our strengths and that’s why Paul talks about the Church as a body. We all have our individual part to play, and I found my part and I am just incredibly grateful for the
opportunity to be able to explore this. I am excited to where this is going to lead me.” Haley Seeba, a sophomore at USF, says that Norden Pass is an incredibly talented duo. “It is really cool that Micah and Tuakah found each other and wanted to create something others can enjoy,” Seeba says. “I love that their performances aren’t focused on themselves. God is always at the center of it all.” Kendall Ward, a senior at USF, says she is inspired by the call Reierson and Whiangar had to create the group.
“Both of them are extremely talented men and watching them use their gifts to glorify God has been so beautiful,” Ward says. “I could not imagine the challenges they have had to face, but it’s been so moving to see how God continues to provide for their group.”
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The creation of the band may have been an inspiration to many students here on campus, but it also has had a great deal of impact for Reirson and Whiangar.
“Making music is a journey. I would say that God has us all on a different journey; we are at different areas of that journey at different times in our life. I would say that I’m not the same person I was yesterday. I am not same person that I was at the start of this project; I have grown,” Reierson says. The singers communicate to their followers through social media. They use Instagram, Facebook and YouTube to stay connected to their fans and keep them updated on their recent work. They are currently in the process of producing their new album, so they use social media to keep people updated on their progress. They also use Instagram and Facebook as a chance to sell t-shirts and hats of the band’s logo. Reierson and Whiangar say they like to use the opportunity to share their faith and spread the gospel through their social media accounts. “We want to share this. We want to share what God is doing in our lives
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with people, so this is not for us. It’s to glorify God and spread the gospel. We don’t know who is going to be listening to our songs, but our prayer is that God can use it to speak the truth to someone’s life,” Whiangar says.
songs are songs that you can sing in worship setting. They are some of our prayers, some of our convictions from scriptures that other people can relate to, so we want to continue doing that however God may lead us. We do not know right now but God knows.”
The purpose for these two singers is to serve God with the talents they have. They say that they choose to spread the gospel through the lyrics of their personalized songs. Their goal is to be an example of how students should use their special talents to serve and inspire others while glorifying God.
Seeba says she is excited about Norden Pass’s future.
Reierson and Whiangar do not plan on going their separate ways anytime soon, but if they do, they each want to continue to follow their call of ministry. “Our goal is to glorify God. We want to uplift the Kingdom, we want to scribe the gospel and I think our aim of Norden Pass is to do that; to carry out the great commission and reach out to people,” Whiangar says. “Even if we are not together, we want to continue to follow that calling to continue that ministry of creating songs that are scripture based that will have an impact in peoples’ lives. Our
“I hope to see lots of albums come out. I’m excited for their music to get better and better as they grow,” Seeba says.
“I am super excited to see how God will use them to touch peoples’ lives.” As the band embarks on their new, humble journey, they say their plan is to continue making music as long as they can. To stay updated and learn more about the band, follow them on social media and stay tuned for their upcoming album that will be released this spring.
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Game Day Recipes The 2018 Super Bowl is Sunday, February 4th. A great game calls for great snacks. Here are three yummy recipes for the big game. Not a football fan? That is okay. These recipes were also selected with Valentine’s Day (Wednesday, February 14th) in mind. Make a delicious meal with that special someone to avoid the restaurant rush. No date, no problem; make a meal with friends or family and show off your culinary skills!
BBQ Chicken Pizza
Recipe courtesy of Whitney Fryer
2 tbsp. vegetable oil
1. Coat large skillet with vegetable oil.
2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
2. Slice chicken into small pieces; cook over medium heat. Add in seasoning salt and pepper.
2 tsp. Lawry’s seasoning salt
3. Add 3 tbsp. BBQ sauce to chicken, simmer 3-4 minutes.
Pillsbury pizza crust dough
4. Lay out pizza dough on baking sheet.
½ cup, plus 3 tbsp. BBQ sauce
5. In small bowl, combine BBQ and pizza sauce; spread over pizza dough.
¼ cup pizza sauce
6. Sprinkle with cheese. Spread chicken and red onions evenly on pizza.
½ cup red onion (sliced)
7. Bake at 375° for 15 minutes or until crust is golden brown and cheese is
2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
melted. Allow to sit for 5 minutes, then slice and serve.
Peanut Butter Pretzel Muddy Buddies
Recipe courtesy of Crazy for Crust
24 oz. peanut butter stuffed pretzels •
¼ cup butter
1 cup chocolate chips
3 cups powdered sugar
10 oz. M&Ms (any variety)
½ cup peanut butter
Directions: 1. Line cookie sheet with wax paper. 2. Place ¾ cup powdered sugar in gallon-sized plastic bag. 3. Put chocolate chips, Pb, and butter in large bowl; microwave 1 minute, stir, then heat in 30 second increments, stir each time until mixture is melted. Add pretzels to mixture; stir. 5. Place half of mixture into bag; shake. Add more sugar as needed. 7. Once coated, pour onto cookie sheet and separate any chunks. Repeat. 8. Let cool. Before serving, add in M&Ms if desired.
Recipe courtesy of Whitney Fryer
1 bag milk chocolate chips
1 tsp. salt
1 cup heavy cream
Pretzels, marshmallows, or fruit for serving
1 tbsp. vanilla extract
Directions: 1. In a slow cooker, combine chocolate, cream, vanilla, and salt; cover and cook on high for 30 minutes. 3. Whisk ingredients together, set on low. 4. Serve with desired treats. Note: Recipe requires a slow cooker, however if one is not available visit: goodhousekeeping.com to learn how to melt chocolate over the stove.
OPINION On the morning of January 23rd, the nominations for each Oscar were released to the public for the purpose of whetting our whistles and getting us excited for the Academy Awards on March 4th. In lieu of just re-typing the entire list of nominees, I am going to briefly go over which movie or actor I believe should win in four of the six main, or non-technical, categories. The categories I am focusing on are: Best Picture, Actor in
a Leading Role, Actress in a Leading Role, and Animated Feature film.
Each of my decisions will be based on my personal opinion formed from either seeing the movie(s) myself or hearing about the movie(s) and their performance(s) from other film critics with similar tastes in film as myself. I will also include one or two movies or actors I feel were snubbed, meaning they should have been nominated and were not, when applicable. For a full list of the nominees from every category, go to abc.go.com. Let us begin with the Best Picture nominations, of which there are nine: Call Me By Your Name, Darkest Hour, Dunkirk, Get Out, Lady Bird, Phantom Thread, The Post, The Shape of Water, and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. Written by Austin Clemen Photos courtesy of Oscars.org
Both Lady Bird and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri won at the Golden Globes, and based on what I have seen of the movies and heard about from other critics, one of them should win the Best Picture Academy Award. It all boils down to if the voting committee wants a more comedic, feel-good movie to win or a grittier, more intense film to win.
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Based on the past year with all that has happened to America and many people, especially in Hollywood, feeling like as if 2017 had been a crappy year, I believe they will want a more light-hearted movie to win. Therefore, Lady Bird should win Best Picture. Up next, the nominees for Actor in a Leading Role are: Timothée Chalamet (Call Me By Your Name), Daniel Day-Lewis (Phantom Thread), Daniel Kaluuya (Get Out), Gary Oldman (Darkest Hour), and Denzel Washington (Roman J. Israel, Esq.). This one is short and sweet as I believe the committee will choose Daniel Day-Lewis to win, simply because he announced that this is his last movie and he is retiring from acting. Winning the Academy Award for Actor in a Leading Role one last time would be a way for the committee to honor him and his A-list career. Plus, it was a really good performance, as we can always expect from Daniel DayLewis. As far as one major snub for the last two categories go, The Disaster Artist and James Franco (for The Disaster Artist) should have received a nomination over The Post and Denzel Washington. I believe this because The Post pales in comparison to the rest of the movies nominated in every category, aside from the performances of its main actors, whereas The Disaster Artist is one of the most well-made films of the year. While I do not think either would win, I believe they were solely snubbed due to the allegations brought up against James Franco following the Golden Globes. No matter what you believe about those allegations, James’ performance was leaps and bounds beyond Denzel’s.
In general, The Disaster Artist felt like a higher quality film than The Post. Now, let’s move on to a category that is much more cut-anddry for me. The nominees for
Actress in a Leading Role
are: Sally Hawkins (The Shape of Water), Frances McDormand (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri), Margot Robbie (I, Tonya), Saoirse Ronan (Lady Bird), and Meryl Streep (The Post). While I believe Lady Bird will win Best Picture, I do not believe its leading lady will win for Best Actress. The reason being that the performance Saoirse Ronan gave was less demanding and less complex when compared to Frances McDormand’s in Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. Overall, the performances in Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri were more complex and deeper than those in Lady Bird. Therefore, I believe Frances McDormand will win for Actress in a Leading Role.
The final category to go over, Animated Feature Film, has the following nominees: Boss Baby, The Breadwinner, Coco, Ferdinand, and Loving Vincent. Before I announce which film I believe should win, there are two movies on this list that absolutely should not be and two that absolutely should be. Those two are Boss Baby and Ferdinand. Boss Baby was a barely enjoyable film and has way too many of the same types of childish jokes we have seen over and over again, such as fart or poop jokes. Overall, the plot barely even made sense. In its place, I would nominate The Lego Batman Movie, as it is a movie which transcends generations by being enjoyable for people in every age group, as well as containing jokes that caused entire theaters to laugh beyond control at times. Ferdinand is, while much more enjoyable than Boss Baby, is only a decent or good children’s movie. It pales when compared to the other movies already nominated (outside of Boss Baby) and The Lego Batman Movie. The movie I would nominate instead is The Star. This is a very well-made animation that has multiple interesting characters and re-tells one of the most-told stories ever in a new way that keeps you entertained and laughing throughout. Essentially, The Star is a better version Ferdinand that works on all age levels. That’s what makes a great animated movie; it’s one that entertains all age groups and has things both for children to enjoy and adults to enjoy. For that reason, even if the two movies I believe were snubbed had been nominated, I believe Coco will win and would have won.
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