Featured photograph: courtesy of oscars.org.
By: Eddie Poe
Folks, it’s that time of the year again.
Whether you catch the award ceremonies live on television or check out photos and the list of winners the following day, award show season is officially here.
While the Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild Awards, and Grammy Awards are behind us, only the Academy Awards (achievements in film) are patiently awaiting on the backstretch.
Preceding the Academy Awards, the 58th Grammy Awards took place on Monday, February 15 at 8 p.m. ET.
This year’s show featured nominations from a few breakout artists as well as the usual names you’re accustomed to hearing when you’re walking around campus or hanging out with friends.
Last years Spring concert, Sam Hunt, sang a duet with Carrie Underwood along with many other performers.
Here are some of the top categories, their nominations, and who won:
Record of the Year: D’Angelo (Really Love), Mark Ronson feat. Bruno Mars (Uptown Funk), Ed Sheeran (Thinking Out Loud), Taylor Swift (Blank Space), The Weeknd (Can’t Feel My Face). Winner: Bruno Mars & Mark Ronson (Uptown Funk)
Album of the Year: Alabama Shakes (Sound & Color), Kendrick Lamar (To Pimp A Butterfly), Chris Stapleton (Traveller), Taylor Swift (1989), The Weeknd (Beauty Behind The Madness). Winner: Taylor Swift (1989)
Song of the Year: Alright (Kendrick Lamar), Blank Space (Taylor Swift), Girl Crush (Little Big Town), See You Again (Wiz Khalifa feat. Charlie Puth), Thinking Out Loud (Ed Sheeran) Winner: Thinking Out Loud (Ed Sheeran and Amy Wedge).
Best New Artist: Courtney Barnett, James Bay, Sam Hunt, Tori Kelly, Meghan Trainor. Winner: Meghan Trainor.
Finally, wrapping up award show season are the 88th Academy Awards, which are set to take place on Sunday, Feb. 28. at 7 p.m. ET. This year’s show will be hosted by comedian and actor, Chris Rock.
Much debate has been surrounding this year’s show as a continued lack of racial diversity amongst nominations in the top four categories has created an unprecedented amount of controversy.
“You know, it’s shameful and embarrassing,” academy member Matt Damon said to Us Weekly. “There’s two years in a row that there are no people of color nominated. That’s insane.”
While this issue is one that has plagued the Academy Awards for some time, it’s an issue that has seen little progress over the years in terms of change.
Movie star Will Smith took the time to speak out on the issue.
“I think that I have to protect and fight for the ideals that make our country and make our Hollywood community great,” Smith said on Good Morning America. “So when I look at the series of nominations from the Academy, it’s not reflecting that beauty.”
With that being said, 2015 was a year of extravagant film making from Adam McKay’s remake of Michael Lewis’ “The Big Short”, to Ridley Scott’s remake of Andy Weir’s “The Martian.” It was also a year in which we saw Quentin Tarantino’s ninth directorial film, “The Hateful Eight.” Not to be so quickly forgotten, is Alejandro Iñárritu’s second straight Best Director nomination for “The Revenant” after taking home the same award in 2014 for Birdman.
Here are some of the top categories and their nominations:
Best Picture: The Big Short, Bridge of Spies, Brooklyn, Mad Max: Fury Road, The Martian, The Revenant, Room, Spotlight
Actor in a Leading Role: Bryan Cranston (Trumbo), Matt Damon (The Martian), Leonardo DiCaprio (The Revenant), Michael Fassbender (Steve Jobs), Eddie Redmayne (The Danish Girl)
Actress in a Leading Role: Cate Blanchett (Carol), Brie Larson (Room), Jennifer Lawrence (Joy), Charlotte Rampling (45 Years), Saoirse Ronan (Brooklyn)
Best Director: Lenny Abrahamson (Room), Alejandro G. Iñárritu (The Revenant), Tom McCarthy (Spotlight), Adam McKay (The Big Short), George Miller (Mad Max:Fury Road)
Yes, you read that right. Fan favorite and pretty boy Leonardo DiCaprio receives his fifth Academy Award nomination with this year looking to be his best chance yet at taking home the Oscar.
With Sunday’s no longer being designated as football Sunday, tune in over the next few weeks to watch your favorite movie stars walk the red carpet in style.