New Year, New Movies, New Awards

Priyanka Srivastava

Staff Writer

The New Year kicks off the endless award shows designed to appreciate the ground-breaking movies, addictive TV shows, and catchy music from the past year. It’s also the time when we can admire our favorite celebrities and see the high-end fashions which they sport on the red carpet.

The Golden Globes, which aired on Jan. 11, were hosted by Tina Fey and Amy Poehler. The hilarious duo has hosted the show for the past two years, and we just can’t get enough of them.

The movie Boyhood won Best Picture – Drama, and The Grand Budapest Hotel won Best Picture – Comedy or Musical. Julianne Moore took the Best Actress – Drama Award for her performance in Still Alice, and Eddie Redmayne won Best Actor – Drama for his portrayal of Stephen Hawking.

Amy Adams from Big Eyes and Micheal Keaton from Birdman won Best Actress and Actor in a Comedy or Musical. The highly- acclaimed and very handsome actor George Clooney was given the Cecil B. DeMille Award, an award given out every year at the Golden Globes, for his contributions to the industry as well as his humanitarian efforts.

The Screen Actors Guild Awards, which strictly focused on recognizing acting achievements in TV and movies, aired on Jan. 25.

Nominees for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Movie were Birdman, Boyhood, The Grand Budapest Hotel, The Imitation Game, and The Theory of Everything. Birdman took home the win, and after watching the movie, it was obvious why. The movie was shot in just a few takes, with the camera continuously rolling so that the movie looked uninterrupted in between scenes.

Debbie Reynolds was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award. Her daughter, Carrie Fisher, presented her with the honorable recognition. In her speech, she reflected on her career and the works which won her Oscars, Emmys, and Tonys. She is probably better known to us as Aggie Cromwell in Disney’s Halloweentown films.

The Grammys w aired on Feb. 8, and Sam Smith was a big winner. He won Best New Artist and Record of The Year and Song of The Year for Stay With Me. In one of his acceptance speeches, Smith thanked his ex-boyfriend for breaking his heart and inspiring the incredible album he made. The jab was certainly clever and funny.

Another Grammy highlight came when Beck won Album of The Year, and Kanye West jokingly attempted to storm the stage the same way he had at the 2009 MTV Awards when Taylor Swift got her award.

The Academy announced the nominations for the prestigious Oscars, and it’s looking like a tough competition.

The Best Picture category includes American Sniper, The Imitation Game, Selma, Birdman, Boyhood, The Theory of Everything, The Grand Budapest Hotel and Whiplash. American Sniper, The Theory of Everything, Boyhood, and Birdman are big nominees throughout the categories. With Neil Patrick Harris hosting, more notably Barney Stinson from How I Met Your Mother, the event is sure to be entertaining. Be sure to tune in on Feb. 22.

This award show season has been extremely entertaining and we can predict that it will only get better. Make sure to binge watch all the movies and download all the music, so you can root for your favorites for the remainder of the award shows.