Award season, a time of stress, anxiety, and nerves. But it’s also a time of excitement, passion, and surprises. Everyone loves a good movie, but who decides whether it is worthy of an award? A lot of that sits on the shoulders of the award shows which judge and critic the acting, directing, and behind the scenes aspects of a movie.
The most important and most controversial awards given throughout award season are Best Motion Picture, Best Actor/Actress, Best Director, and Best Supporting Actor/Actress. These awards seem to get people pretty emotional about who they want to win.
The nominees seem to start just as much controversy as the winners themselves. That’s where “snubs” come into play; everyone hates when a movie, actor, or director gets passed over for a nomination or award.
First of the award shows to take place is the Golden Globes, which awards movies, actors, and directors. With it being the first major movie award show of the year a lot of people look to it to see how the rest of the award shows will play out.
This year the award for Best Motion Picture was given to The Revenant, directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu and stars Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hardy. Brie Larson took the award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture-Drama for Room and DiCaprio took the same award for the male side for The Revenant. Both Kate Winslet and Sylvester Stallone took the Golden Globe for Best Performance by and Actress/Actor in a Supporting Role in any Motion Picture. And lastly, Alejandro G. Iñárritu took home the award for Best Director-Motion Picture for The Revenant.
The largest movie award show to take place is, obviously, the Academy Awards, or more widely known as the Oscars. When a movie, actor, or director wins an Oscar everyone knows they’ve made it to the big times.
This year much controversy surrounded the Academy Awards due to the lack of diversity in the nominations. With that being said, every win still seemed fair and reasonable, unless of course your favorites didn’t win.
Leonardo DiCaprio and Brie Larson took home gold when they each won Best Actor/Actress in a Leading Role. DiCaprio’s director Alejandro G. Iñárritu again took the award for Best Director. Alicia Vikander won the award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role. Fans of Sylvester Stallone were surprised when he did not win the award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role. Instead, Bridge of Spies’ Mark Rylance took home the win. The biggest surprise was the film who took home Best Picture of the year, Spotlight.