Awards Season Heats Up

Patricia Arquette won an Oscar for her supporting role in "Boyhood"

Patricia Arquette won an Oscar for her supporting role in “Boyhood”

By Megan Smedley

“Boyhood” seems to be this year’s front-runner for all the awards as it was filmed multiple weeks every year for 12 years. At the Globes, “Boyhood” won Best Motion Picture-Drama, Best Supporting Actress for Patricia Arquette and Best Director.

“Birdman” also snagged two awards: Best Actor in a Comedy for Michael Keaton and Best Screenplay.

January marks not only the New Year, but more importantly the kick-off of award show season.

The Golden Globes, hosted by Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, honor the year’s best in film and television, bringing together some of the biggest names in Hollywood.  Critics from across the world as part of the Hollywood Foreign Press determine the victors.

The Globes have been criticized in recent years for honoring the same TV shows year after year. However, this year, viewers saw a shakeup in the television awards.

“Newcomers”, “The Affair”, “Transparent”, and “Jane the Virgin” upset other major shows. “The Affair” (Showtime) won Best Drama as well as Best Actress in a Drama Series for Ruth Wilson.

Amazon’s “Transparent”, which follows a man’s transition to a woman and his family’s reaction, captured Best Comedy Series and Jeffrey Tambor won Best Actor in a Comedy Series. Gina Rodriguez became the first winner for The CW when she won Best Actress in a Comedy Series for “Jane the Virgin”.

The films nominated this year are unique in their own way. Indie film, “The Grand Budapest Hotel” won Best Picture-Musical/Comedy despite only being released in March.

“‘The Grand Budapest Hotel’ is really abstract and has interesting cinematography, but I did really enjoy it,” said freshman bioengineering major Jonathan Detoro.

The Golden Globes are often considered an early prediction for the Academy Awards.

Music’s biggest night, honoring the best performances of the year, are the Grammy Awards. This year’s ceremony was jammed packed with high-energy performances leaving little room for the actual awards.

Hozier and Annie Lennox rocked the house with a mash up of “Take Me to Church” and “I Put a Spell on You”. In their debut performance, Sir Paul McCartney, Rihanna and Kanye West sang “FourFiveSeconds.”

The night took on a serious mood for the majority of the night. Following a PSA from President Obama and spoken word from victim Brooke Axtell, Katy Perry delivered a powerful performance of “By The Grace of God” in a call-to-action to end domestic violence.

The night finished with emotional performances by Beyoncé, Common and John Legend. Beyoncé effortlessly sang, “Precious Lord, Take my Hand” while Common and John Legend sang their Oscar-nominated song “Glory.” Both songs were performed in response to the recent movement for more racial equality.

Freshman government and politics major Maimuna Abdullahi said, “I appreciated how this year’s Grammys used the event to shed light on serious issues as well as still making it about the music.”

The show managed to squeeze in some awards in between performances. Sam Smith was the big winner of the night coming away with four awards including Best New Artist and Record and Song of the year for “Stay with Me.”

The upset of the night goes to rocker Beck who snuck away with Album of the Year defeating Beyoncé, Sam Smith, Ed Sheeran and Pharrell Williams.

With award season winding down, it is time to look to the future: the Emmy’s are just seven months away!

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