Adam McKay directs Don't Look Up

Director Adam McKay speaks with actress Jennifer Lawrence on the set of the film Don't Look Up. (Credit: Netflix) 

The 2022 Oscars will take place March 27. CU Boulder experts are available to discuss a variety of related topics, from the portrayal of science in film to diversity in Academy Awards. 

On West Side Story, diversity in Academy Awards, COVID-19 impacts

Ernesto Acevedo-Muñoz, a professor and department chair of cinema studies, is the author of “West Side Story as Cinema: The Making and Impact of an American Masterpiece,” the only academic book on the 1961 film. Acevedo-Muñoz was a member of the Community Advisory Board for Spielberg's 2021 reimagining of “West Side Story” and can discuss the film’s contemporary impact on modern society. 

Acevedo-Muñoz also teaches courses on film theory, history and aesthetics and can discuss the following topics:

  • Which films are expected to take home top awards
  • Diversity in Academy Awards
  • COVID-19 implications and how the inclusion of direct-to-digital releases has affected eligibility criteria and the future of the film industry

On science fiction and social responsibility

Rick Stevens, department chair and associate professor of media studies, examines how science and technology get framed in pop culture. In particular, he studies how science fiction is a space where the public can comment on culture, explore its social dynamics and think about ethical issues presented by science. He can discuss “Don’t Look Up,” “Dune,” the portrayal of science in movies and why we might be in a new golden age of sci-fi entertainment. 

Max Boykoff, chair of the Department of Environmental Studies and fellow in the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES), contributed to the Don’t Look Up Climate Platform––a climate change action website developed in consultation with climate and social scientists to accompany the 2021 Oscar-nominated film “Don’t Look Up.” Boykoff can discuss his contribution to the “Push for Climate Headlines” step on the site, which provides people with actionable steps to encourage news outlets to increase their climate coverage and address the climate connection across all their news topics.