Awards Season 2019: what’s on and who’s who

Abigail Buenker, Managing Editor

Starting with the Golden Globes at the beginning of the year and running all the way to the Oscars in late February, awards season is in full force. Get ready to settle into your favorite easy chair with a big bucket of popcorn and watch these awards shows live from the red carpet!

Comedian Andy Samberg and actress Sandra Oh kept audiences entertained for the 76th Golden Globes Awards, which aired on Jan. 6. The big winner of the night was “Bohemian Rhapsody” which tells the story of Freddie Mercury and his involvement with the band Queen. The film won the biggest award- best drama motion picture and the star of the film, Rami Malek, won the best actor award in a drama motion picture for his portrayal of Mercury. “Green Book” also won big in the eyes of the Hollywood Foreign Press and was credited with awards for best supporting actor, best musical or comedy motion picture, and best director. Rachel Brosnahan won the best actress in a musical or comedy for “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” and Christian Bale received the award for best actor in a comedy or musical, citing Satan for giving him inspiration for his portrayal of former Vice President Dick Cheney in “Vice”. The Golden Globes also introduced a new award named for Carol Burnett, TV legend and comedy icon. In her speech, Burnett reflected on being a little girl with a dream of making audiences “laugh or cry or both”. Burnett took home the special inaugural award which will be a new tradition for comedians that follow in her footsteps.

Returning for the 25th celebration on Jan. 27, the Screen Actors Guild Awards honors performances in film, prime-time TV, and stunt work. Films like “A Star is Born”, “Black Panther”, “BlackkKlansman”, “Bohemian Rhapsody”, and “Crazy Rich Asians” are all up for outstanding performance by a cast in a motion picture. Award-winning actor, writer, director and producer Alan Alda has been named the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award for his career achievements and humanitarian accomplishments. Alda is most famous for his role as Dr. Hawkeye Pierce in M*A*S*H and has also starred and directed in many films on the silver screen.  

Next are the Grammy Awards which will return to honor the year’s best music on Feb. 10. Pop legend Alicia Keys has been announced the host of the event, taking the place of James Corden who had hosted for the previous two years. As for the awards, songs like “This is America”- Childish Gambino, “God’s Plan”- Drake, “Rockstar”- Post Malone featuring 21 Savage, “The Middle”- Zedd featuring Marren Morris and “The Joke”- Brandi Carlile are all nominated for record of the year. Most of the aforementioned artists are also up to win album of the year. Some other notable additions to the category include Janelle Monae, Kacey Musgraves, H.E.R. and Cardi B. In 2018, artist Bruno Mars walked away with six awards, including best song, record, and album.  If last year is any indication of how this year’s awards will go, you can expect to see one of these artists winning big at the Grammys this year.

The Film Independent Spirit Awards recognizes the achievements of American independent filmmakers, will air live on Feb. 23. Some of the most buzzed-about movies represented at the awards include “Won’t You Be My Neighbor”, a documentary film about beloved American legend Fred Rogers and “Sorry to Bother You”, which follows a young black telemarketer who adopts a white accent.  

Rounding out the end of awards season is the 91st Oscars ceremony on Feb. 24. Much controversy has already been following the ceremony as comedian Kevin Hart has chosen to step down from hosting the event due to old controversial tweets. The nominees for the awards will be announced on Jan. 22. Some films projected for a nom include “The Favorite”, “Roma”, “blacKkKlansman”, and “Bohemian Rhapsody”.


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