It’s the start of a new year, and a new decade, which means it’s time for award season. The Oscars, The Golden Globes, The Emmys, The Grammys, The Tonys, and most importantly, the controversy that always follows. It seems as if every year, something’s happening that must always be discussed at the award ceremonies.
The recent Golden Globe awards are a prime example of this. Ricky Gervias hosted for the 5th and final time, and he openly admitted that he was over it, yet he still brought his all. His jokes were on point, and he was incredibly entertaining, as well as he was honest. The guests were also avid about certain issues as well, primarily the bushfires sweeping Australia currently, and one woman, Michelle Williams, who won for her role in Fosse/Verdon, took time to address women’s rights during her speech in a very drawn out and unoriginal way that resulted in one of the most uninspired, pandering-filled speeches I’ve heard in a long time.
Other past examples of drama surrounding this time of year include, Kevin Hart’s “homophobic tweets,” the exposing of Harvey Weinstein and the rise of the #MeToo movement, and most recently, the “suicide” of Jeffery Epstien, a high up financer and convicted sex offender who was a known friend of many people in Hollywood, and was believed to have sensitive information about many high up people including celebrities and political figures.
The 2020 Oscars have announced that for the second year in a row, they will not have a host. This is incredibly concerning for the show itself. Last year, without a host the show seems lifeless. With commentary from several different stars, there was no personality and I really do feel the entertainment value of the show itself is no longer solid.
If you follow movies, or TV, or plays, or music as I do, you’re probably familiar with some of these things, and you may also follow nominations, and hosts and the events themselves. As of today (Jan. 8th) the Oscar nominations have yet to be released, so I can not testify to the quality of the nominations, but I have confidence they’ll be fine.
Whether it be the Academy of Motion Pictures, or the Hollywood Foreign Press, or whatever conglomerate chooses nominations for the year, people will always take issue
with the selections. Hopefully this year, the nominees will be diverse, and respectable, and no matter what happens I have faith that the nominations will be fair and just, and the shows themselves will find a way to be entertaining regardless of who’s present or what happens during the event.