Every year is the same, in the months of January and February the covers of magazines and gossip columns alike are plastered with glitz, glamour and the ever-important question of ‘Who wore it better?’ Yes I am talking about Awards Season. This is the time of the year where you will use your cinema card to death or wish you had one because you simply must see the film that everyone is talking about.
Awards season is more than just the Oscars, now don’t get me wrong the award that every actor and actress wants is the Academy Award but there are loads of other awards shows before that. Think of it as pre drinks before you go head out, they are just as important and fun as the actual night out. Here is the lowdown on what’s been and what has to come this Award Season. Spoiler: La La Land has been doing very well.
The Golden Globes
Kicking things off is the Golden Globes. This is the night when TV and Film come together to celebrate the success of the past year, getting incredibly drunk while doing show – it is a favourite over other award shows of a lot of the attendees and I can understand why.
But, focusing on the main stuff – the statues! While the Hollywood Foreign Press (the ones who vote for the winners) are in no direct affiliation with those involved in the voting system for the Oscars, the winners on the night are often viewed as strong contenders to win the coveted golden guy. It will come as no shock that La La Land had a successful night, with 7 nominations including Best Motion Picture (Musical or Comedy), Best Actor (Musical or Comedy) and Best Actress (Musical or Comedy) and winning in all 7 categories. Barry Jenkin’s Moonlight took home the gong for Best Motion Picture (Drama), Manchester By The Sea was also successful that night, Casey Affleck winning Best Actor in a Drama beating Andrew Garfield and Denzel Washington, to name a few. But the night was truly dominated by La La Land, despite the divided opinions it shows promise to do well at the Oscars.
Adding a bit of British charm is the BAFTAs, what sets it apart from the rest of the awards shows is that it has the Royal stamp of approval and is usually attended by some of the Royal Family – this year Will and Kate were in attendance.
The BAFTAs are great in the sense that they give recognition to British talent and productions; a prime example is Dev Patel. As a alumni of the cult teenage TV show Skins it is great to see him pick up the award for Best Supporting Actor in Lion, 10 years after he first graced our screens in Skins. JK Rowling’s Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them picked up the award for Best Production, which was a great win for the film and well deserved. I, Daniel Blake also did well on the night, winning the Outstanding British Film award. The EE Rising Star award went to Tom Holland, who will hit our screens as Spiderman in the reboot this year.
By total surprise La La Land led the pack by picking up the most awards, no one saw it coming, everyone was truly shocked. It was nominated for 11 awards and won 4, success again for Emma Stone and the director, Damien Chazelle. Viola Davis continued her winning streak and picked up Best Supporting Actress for her work in Fences, after winning the Golden Globe for it. Casey Affleck again picked up Best Actor, better luck next time Gosling.
The Grammy Awards
With such a huge focus on film at this time of the year you would be forgiven if the Grammys slipped your mind, dubbed the Oscars of the music world the Grammys are truly a night where anything goes, lets all recall the year Lady Gaga showed up in an egg…
This year was definitely the year of Adele and Beyonce. Despite Adele taking home the most gongs including the coveted Album of the Year, Beyonce was definitely not forgotten about thanks to her very out there performance during the show. During her acceptance speech, Adele gave her praises to her idol Queen Bey for her empowering album Lemonade and literally split her award with her. And yes I do mean literally, she broke off part of the statue on stage. Lady Gaga was also not to be forgotten, giving a memorable performance with Metallica just a week after her spectacular show at the Superbowl. Adele also gave a stunning performance of George Michael’s Fastlove in honour of the late singer.
Equalling Adele’s number of gongs was David Bowie, who posthumously received 5 awards including Best Rock Song and Best Alternative Album for his final release before his death, Blackstar. Drake picked up Best Rap Song for Hotline Bling and the Song of the Year was Adele’s Hello, which was no surprise.
Still to Come:
The Academy Awards
The big one. The one that Leo waited years and years for. The one where John Travolta called Idina Menzel “Adele Kazeem”. The one where actors come prepared with their gracious loser face. In comparison to this the other award shows are child’s play, you get snubbed for an Academy Award nomination then there’s a good chance you’ll take your bitterness with you to the grave.
As with this year’s award shows, it would be a safe bet to assume that La La Land will do very well, possibly giving Emma Stone her first Oscar. But nothing is set in stone; everyone thought Leo had it in the bag with Wolf of Wall Street only to have it swiped from under him. Casey Affleck has beaten Ryan Gosling for his work in Manchester by the Sea when they have went head to head, so Best Actor is a difficult one to call this year. The nominees for Best Picture boasts an impressive selection, La La Land, Hacksaw Ridge, Moonlight and Lion to name a few. This is very much the same in the Best Director category, it’s impossible to predict. But that is what makes the Oscars so much fun to watch; you really never know what will happen on the night!
– Caitlin Young