2015 Emmy Recap: Predictable outcomes balanced by historic wins

67TH PRIMETIME EMMY® AWARDS (Image Credit: Michael Becker/FOX © 2015 FOX BROADCASTING)

67TH PRIMETIME EMMY® AWARDS (Image Credit: Michael Becker/FOX © 2015 FOX BROADCASTING)

I pride myself on watching a ton of television, but I keep hearing about “peak TV” and how you can’t watch everything. Andy Samberg’s opening act for the 67th Primetime Emmy Awards riffed on that idea, except Andy did actually watch everything. I spent a few minutes waiting for a punchline like watching all that TV had put him behind for this year – though this year hasn’t really started yet – but that never came.

Like many of his opening monologue jokes, Andy’s opening act fell a little flat, even though it was enjoyable to watch – and I loved the Les Mis segment but wondered what it had to do with TV. I love Andy on Brooklyn Nine-Nine, but he seemed nervous in such a big hosting role. A lot of his commentary, particularly regarding diversity, was spot-on however. And the best thing for television to do is to go further toward creating those diverse roles.

There wasn’t a lot of diversity in the drama categories, not in terms of people but in terms of what show won. The night belonged by-and-large to Game of Thrones, which won four awards tonight, including Outstanding Drama Series and Outstanding Supporting Actor for Peter Dinklage. The show adds those four Emmys to the eight it picked up at the Creative Arts Emmys, making twelve total and a record-breaking number of wins in a single year.

The only category in which Game of Thrones was nominated but didn’t win was Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series. That award went instead to Uzo Aduba for Orange is the New Black. After the Emmy rule changes this year, Orange is the New Black had to compete in the drama category for its second season while its first last year was in the comedy category.

As expected, Orange is the New Black did pick up fewer nominations this year in the always-competitive drama categories – four to last year’s twelve – though it still received a nod for Outstanding Drama Series. The rules change did allow the show to enter the history books as the only series to be nominated in both categories, and with Aduba’s win, she became the second person in history to win the Outstanding Supporting Actor/Actress in both comedy and drama for playing the same character.

But Netflix was not the streaming winner of the night, as many of its nominees couldn’t pull out a win. Instead, it was Amazon Studios who proved that streaming television can fight with its cable and broadcast colleagues. The first season of Transparent took home two major awards – both Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series for star Jeffrey Tambor and Outstanding Directing in a Comedy Series for series creator Jill Soloway. This was the first time that a streaming show took home more than one major Emmy award.

Not only do both Soloway and Aduba’s wins mark the diverse Emmy year that Andy Samberg talked about in the opening – women are notoriously underrepresented in anything but acting categories and women of color are underrepresented period – but perhaps the best win of the night came with Viola Davis’s Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series for How to Get Away with Murder.

Davis’s win marks the first black women to win the award, which is honestly tragic in 67 years of giving them out, and she and fellow nominee Taraji P. Henson for Empire were only the sixth and seventh black women ever nominated. Davis tackled the issue of diversity head-on in her acceptance speech, saying, “The only thing that separates women of color from anything else is opportunity. You cannot win an Emmy for roles for things that are simply not there.”

After several months now of hearing nothing but praise for Inside Amy Schumer, it’s hardly a surprise that the show took home the award for Outstanding Variety Sketch Series, but a couple of its other nominations fell instead to the final season of The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, which nabbed Outstanding Variety Talk Series and both Outstanding Writing and Directing for a Variety Series.

Continuing HBO’s good luck, Veep took home multiple awards in the comedy category, including Outstanding Lead Actress for Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Outstanding Supporting Actor for Tony Hale. It also snapped up the Emmy for Outstanding Comedy Series. With that win, Veep dethroned Modern Family, which would have made history if it had won this year. Instead, HBO became the first network since NBC in 2002 to win both Outstanding Comedy and Drama Series. Veep is also only the second HBO – and cable network in general – show to win the award after Sex and the City.

By picking up an Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series for her work on Mom, Allison Janney did make history. This is her seventh Emmy award, and she is now tied with Ed Asner for the most performance Emmy wins.

And finally, Jon Hamm managed to snag an Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama series for his work on Mad Men. Since this was the show’s final season and Hamm had been previously nominated eight times for the award, I suppose it’s only right that he finally won one. It’s only a shame that I can’t say the same about Amy Poehler for the final season of Park and Recreation.

So that means the Emmys are over for another year. It’s bound to be a different show next year with many long-running shows ending, but first seasons are often in contention for Emmy awards. Just look at Transparent, How to Get Away with Murder and Empire. With that in mind, now is a good time to set your DVR for the new fall season, which starts tomorrow. Maybe one of your new favorite shows will be up for an Emmy next year.

For Your Consideration: Emmy Rule Changes – Yay or Nay?

(Image Credit: Rodolfo Martinez/NBC)

(Image Credit: Rodolfo Martinez/NBC)

Let’s get one thing straight: I am not a fan of award shows. I mean, it’s great to acknowledge talent within television, music or film, but inevitably, I don’t approve of most of the award winners or the nominees, which means I usually don’t bother. However, as someone who hopes to go into the entertainment industry, I realize that the ceremonies are seen as pretty important, so I pay attention to who wins and the award show pageantry in general. This, more than anything, is how I heard about the changes the Primetime Emmy Awards are making to their rulebook. Continue reading

At the 2015 Oscars, ‘Birdman’ and ‘The Grand Budapest Hotel’ win, NPH loses

(Image Credit: ABC/Craig Sjodin)

(Image Credit: ABC/Craig Sjodin)

Birdman won the grand prize of Best Picture at the 87th annual Academy Awards, which aired Sunday on ABC. The dark comedy took home three other awards for Best Cinematography, Best Original Screenplay and Best Director. Wes Anderson’s eighth major motion picture The Grand Budapest Hotel also took home four awards, all for production aspects of the film. Whiplash won three awards.

Interestingly, Vox pointed out that every film nominated for Best Picture won at least one award.

Many were excited for this year’s ceremony because veteran award show host Neil Patrick Harris was at the reins. He is the king — or, at least, he was. Very surprisingly and extremely unfortunately, Harris flopped as hard as one could in the job. It isn’t his fault entirely because there is a whole team of writers who put together the show and his jokes, yet it’s hard to see how Harris thought any of the jokes would take off. He started off strong with his first joke: “Tonight, we honor Hollywood’s best and whitest” to combat the #OscarsSoWhite controversy. But he never managed to top that joke, which was made in the first few seconds of the telecast. It was unbearable to see such a beloved figure fall so hard and for so long. The show ran over by 40 minutes, bringing the total to just under four hours.

The only bit that worked was the spoof of Birdman and Whiplash where Harris stripped to his Michael Keaton-best undies and yelled at Miles Teller for not being on his tempo. It was absolutely fantastic. The night needed more of those kinds of moments. It’s simply unbelievable to think Harris was at the helm of all of it.

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However, Harris of course was able to pull off the opening musical number that, unsurprisingly, spoke of the magic of the movies. Though, this time they’re called “moving pictures.” It was a splendid use of projection and graphics. Shout out to Anna Kendrick for stealing the scene and throwing her Cinderella slipper at Jack Black.

In comparison to Harris’ gigs at the Tony Awards and the Emmys, this was pitiful and a major disappointment.

Moving on from the disappointing, personal favorites Birdman and The Grand Budapest Hotel had a very successful night. For the entire duration of the show, I went back and forth with these two films because I love them both immensely and they were often up for the same award. It’s like trying to pick your favorite child or your favorite snack. There isn’t a definitive answer.

Alejandro González Iñárritu created a two-year winning streak for Mexican directors after Alfonso Cuarón was the first to win for Best Director at last year’s ceremony. More importantly, it was a personal victory when The Grand Budapest Hotel won an award because the plinking harpsichord of Alexandre Desplat’s score played every time. It was heaven — a Technicolor, Bill Murray-filled, indie heaven. Every frame of Anderson’s films is a visual dream, thus it’s very fitting for it to win more behind-the-scenes awards.

All of the winners for the acting categories were predictable, even if we are just using the Golden Globes as a basis. I was honestly hoping for an upset and a dark horse to pull through, but the four who were predicted to continue their winning streak did. But we all won with those great acceptance speeches. J.K. Simmons told us to call our parents. Eddie Redmayne proved how adorable he is when he was overcome with excitement during his acceptance speech. And most importantly, Patricia Arquette argued for equal pay between the sexes, which inspired Meryl Streep to fist pump and scream “yaaaassss” — a moment that reminds us all why we need the Internet.

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From Idina Menzel to the several orchestral versions of musical songs (“Falling Slowly” from Once; “Let’s Hear It For The Boy” from Footloose and more), this year’s Oscars seemed very much like a tribute to musical theater. The musical numbers truly were the highlight of the evening, aside from the lackluster performance of “Lost Stars” from Begin Again. Why was that film even nominated?

Side note, who told John Travolta he could touch Idina Menzel’s face? That’s not OK unless it’s John Travolta circa Grease.

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Most notably of all, Jennifer Hudson sang “I Can’t Let Go” from NBC’s failed musical drama Smash. I very literally jumped and flailed in my seat when I realized JHud was singing this song. Not only was it incredibly random to sing it in any capacity, but also she sang it after the In Memoriam segment, of which Meryl Streep gave such a beautiful introduction. Obviously, the underlying message was that Smash will never actually die. It was jarring, but it made my night. I’m actually still shocked. I’m so fortunate to have lived to see the day where JHud sang a song from Smash on the Academy Awards. Who could have ever guessed that? Bless that mess.

Though it’s hard to say anything could top the random appearance of Smash at the Oscars, Lady Gaga’s medley of songs from The Sound Of Music was mesmerizing. She came out looking like the queen that she is and slayed the entire universe for the next three minutes. She was the definition of elegance. It was absolutely stunning. It’s a Gaga no one is used to, however it is a Gaga that is continuing her trend of moving away from those outlandish costumes that helped earn her name and into being a classy, stylish and sophisticated artist. Most are also used to Gaga’s pop vocals, but with this medley, she showed off her the true extent of her talent, and it was breathtaking.

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To top it all off, the queen herself Julie Andrews came on stage to hug and praise Lady Gaga for her performance. If that Smash moment had not happened, this would be the highlight of the entire evening.

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Another highlight came from another musical performance that was simply “awesome.” Tegan and Sara performed “Everything is Awesome” from The Lego Movie, whose snub will never be forgiven. What could have been an utterly silly and worthless performance became the moment that pumped everyone up as The Lonely Island, Will Arnett dressed as Batman, Questlove drumming as Robin, Devo and more filled the stage for an incredibly energetic and visual performance. Seriously, where can we get those Lego Oscars? We want to be as happy as Oprah.

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Set on a replica of the pivotal Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama, John Legend and Common performed “Glory” from Selma and actually brought everyone, particularly David Oyelowo and Chris Pine, to tears. Their performance was so moving and well staged at the Grammys that it was hard to believe they could top it, but they did. Common once again gestured the “Hands up, don’t shoot” reference to the unrest in Ferguson, Missouri, further showing the poignancy of the message of this beautiful song. It’s a shame this was the only win for Selma. It’s hard to reason how Steve Carell could deserve the Best Actor nomination over Oyelowo, or how Ava DuVernay didn’t garner a Best Director nomination. Her camera techniques aren’t as obvious but they are equally as stunning and visually appealing as the work done by Iñárritu or Anderson.

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Last but not least, The Imitation Game pulled a surprise win tonight in the Adapted Screenplay category. It is an excellent film that looks at the life of Alan Turing, who helped solve the Enigma code in World War II and was later arrested for homosexuality. Graham Moore expertly penned the adaptation of this emotional film. His acceptance speech was no less impactful. Moore said, “When I was 16-years-old, I tried to kill myself because I felt weird and I felt different, and I felt like I did not belong. And now I’m standing here. And so I would like this moment to be for that kid out there who feels like he’s weird or he’s different or he doesn’t fit in anywhere. Yes, you do. I promise you do. Stay weird. Stay different. And then when it’s your turn and you are standing on this stage, please pass the message to the next person.” Snaps for you, Graham Moore. These are the kinds of speeches that need to be made on the stages of award shows. These are platforms that easily reach millions of people at one time. Make statements about equal pay and about self-worth. Take this time to quickly thank the ones you love and the ones who helped you on the project, but then do something more with your time at the microphone. What other time and place are you going to have so many people — from all walks of life — listening to you? I’m thoroughly excited to see what this talented writer will do next.

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And that’s the show, folks! It was the first year in which I had seen all of the Best Picture nominees, thus making me particularly eager for this year’s ceremony. I’m beyond thrilled for Birdman, The Grand Budapest Hotel and Whiplash. Of the eight nominees, those were actually my top three favorites. I was thoroughly petrified that Boyhood would sweep the awards. Just because this film was made over 12 years, doesn’t mean it is award-worthy. It’s a regular, boring coming-of-age story about a young white boy who comes from a middle-class struggling family. The length of time it took to make this film doesn’t warrant it receiving any awards for its otherwise unoriginality.

It was a good night for the films, and just a bad night for NPH. Who knew? But, in the end, we all know Meryl Streep always wins, and we win because she did this:

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Full List of Winners:

Best Picture: Birdman

Best Director: Alejandro González Iñárritu, Birdman

Best Actor in a Leading Role: Eddie Redmayne, The Theory of Everything

Best Actress in a Leading Role: Julianne Moore, Still Alice

Best Actor in a Supporting Role: J.K. Simmons, Whiplash

Best Actress in a Supporting Role: Patricia Arquette, Boyhood

Best Cinematography: Birdman

Best Original Screenplay: Birdman

Best Adapted Screenplay: The Imitation Game

Best Film Editing: Whiplash

Best Visual Effects: Interstellar

Best Costume Design: The Grand Budapest Hotel

Best Makeup and Hairstyling: The Grand Budapest Hotel

Best Production Design: The Grand Budapest Hotel

Best Sound Editing: American Sniper

Best Sound Mixing: Whiplash

Best Original Song: “Glory” from Selma

Best Original Score: Alexandre Desplat, The Grand Budapest Hotel

Best Animated Feature: Big Hero 6

Best Animated Short Film: Feast

Best Documentary Feature: CitizenFour

Best Documentary Short: Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1

Best Live Action Short Film: The Phone Call

Best Foreign Language Film: Ida

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The Best Moments the 57th Grammy’s

(Image Credit: Grammy.com)

(Image Credit: Grammy.com)

So… Are all your social media accounts blowing up with either updates from The Walking Dead, Better Call Saul or The Grammy’s? Yeah, me too. But, it seemed like almost everyone tuned into “The biggest night in music!” Even though it was about four hours long and back-to-back performances, The Grammys delivered this year. Now, here’s a recap just in case you decided to skip out on this award show. Continue reading

The Top 5 Moments from The 72nd Annual Golden Globes

Tina Fey and Amy Poehler (Image Credit: Art Streiber/NBC)

Tina Fey and Amy Poehler (Image Credit: Art Streiber/NBC)

It’s the end of an era. The 72nd Annual Golden Globes Awards marked the third and final year of Tina Fey and Amy Poehler’s hosting of the awards show. While we were all eager to see them grace our screens again, we are now all fretting about who could possibly top them?! Even Queen of Hollywood herself, Meryl Streep, took time to say how she’ll miss Tina and Amy after this year — and that was even after they announced the show was running long for the fifth time. Continue reading

Taylor Swift performing at the 2014 AMERICAN MUSIC AWARDS (Image Group LA/ABC)

Top 5 2014 American Music Award Performances!

Taylor Swift performing at the 2014 AMERICAN MUSIC AWARDS (Image Group LA/ABC)

Taylor Swift performing at the 2014 AMERICAN MUSIC AWARDS (Image Group LA/ABC)

Another year, another American Music Awards. The 42nd AMAs took place and while it is a show about awards, you know a lot of people tuned in for the epic performances. This year was no different. The show was jam-packed with performances from Charli XCX to Garth Brooks. While there were so many to watch, there were only a few that stood out to me throughout the whole night. Without further ado and in no particular order, here are five performances that I kind of can’t stop talking about: Continue reading

ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK (Image Credit: Netflix)

Emmy Awards 2014: Who should have been nominated and who should win!

ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK (Image Credit: Netflix)

ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK (Image Credit: Netflix)

Did Tatiana Maslany deserve an Emmy? In the voice of Sarah Manning my answer to that question would have to be, “You’re damn right!”  On Thursday, July 10 the Emmy nominations were announced.  While I was beyond thrilled with the majority of the comedy categories, I was enraged with the drama ones. Continue reading

mtvU Fandom Awards (Image Credit: Eileen Carjabal / The Daily Quirk)

VIDEO: An Inside Look at mtvU’s First Ever Fandom Awards at SDCC!

mtvU Fandom Awards (Image Credit: Eileen Carjabal / The Daily Quirk)

mtvU Fandom Awards (Image Credit: Eileen Carjabal / The Daily Quirk)

This year at San Diego Comic-con International mtvU debuted their first ever Fandom Awards to “honor diehard fangirls and fanboys” as well as the shows and movies that give us all big time feels.  The Daily Quirk was on hand to give you an inside look at the event, and bring you exclusive interviews with some of the winners and performers! Watch the feature below to get your Fandom Awards fix and to find out more visit the Official Site of the mtvU Fandom Awards! Continue reading

Tony Award Winner Neil Patrick Harris with Hugh Jackman at the 68th Annual Tony Awards (Kevin Mazur/Getty Images)

The Best (and The Worst) of the 2014 Tony Awards!

Tony Award Winner Neil Patrick Harris with Hugh Jackman at the 68th Annual Tony Awards (Kevin Mazur/Getty Images)

Tony Award Winner Neil Patrick Harris with Hugh Jackman at the 68th Annual Tony Awards (Kevin Mazur/Getty Images)

On the 68th annual Tony Awards, history was made, hopping was had and no one show ran away with all of the awards.

The first seven awards were handed out to seven different shows, demonstrating how the mob mentality that often plagues voters was absent this year. A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder and Hedwig and the Angry Inch led the nominee pool with 10 and eight nominations respectively, but both only went home with four each. And four was the highest number of awards any one show received on the Sunday evening broadcast. Continue reading

Florida Georgia Line, Luke Bryan, Jason Derulo and ZZ Top perform at the 2014 CMT MUSIC AWARDS (Image Credit: John Russell/CMT)

The Top 3 CMT Music Awards Performances of 2014!

Florida Georgia Line, Luke Bryan, Jason Derulo and ZZ Top perform at the 2014 CMT MUSIC AWARDS (Image Credit: John Russell/CMT)

Florida Georgia Line, Luke Bryan, Jason Derulo and ZZ Top perform at the 2014 CMT MUSIC AWARDS (Image Credit: John Russell/CMT)

It’s time to grab your cowboy boots and get ready for a country hoedown!

Last night, all of the biggest country music names came together to enjoy a night out at the 2014 CMT awards, hosted by Kristen Bell.

Luke Bryan, Florida Georgia Line, Carrie Underwood, Miranda Lambert, Hunter Hayes, Lady Antebellum, and Little Big Town all put on high-energy performances. Even with all of those performances, I was able to pick my top three.

Luke Bryan, Florida Georgia Line, Jason Derulo, and ZZ Top

This group of performers opened the show with a medley of “This is How We Roll” and “Talk Dirty.” Not only do I love these songs, but I don’t mind watching three country music stars try to keep up with Jason Derulo’s dance moves. They all had a lot of fun with the performance and it was a great way to open the show and get the audience laughing.

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His performance of “Cop Car” appeared to be in the Bluebird Café, located several miles outside of the Bridgestone Arena where the awards were held. Near the end of the song, the walls were ripped away and Urban was actually in the Arena surrounded by his adoring country fans. Urban kept his performance simple and sweet, which is all the song really needed to stand out and be great.

Lady Antebellum

This county group performed their song “Bartender” outside the Bridgestone Arena. “Bartender” may not be one of my favorite songs performed throughout the night, but Lady Antebellum always puts on a good show. They never go over-the-top with their performances because they know their voices and chemistry with one another are good enough to get the audience pumped up.

Although I enjoyed these performances the best, everyone did a great job and I enjoyed spending three hours of my time watching my favorite kind of music.

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Lupita Nyong'o (Image Credit: Ben A. Pruchnie/Getty Images for BFI)

5 Stars Destined to Make the Oscars Red Carpet Best Dressed List!

Lupita Nyong'o (Image Credit: Ben A. Pruchnie/Getty Images for BFI)

Lupita Nyong’o (Image Credit: Ben A. Pruchnie/Getty Images for BFI)

The Oscar’s are coming, the Oscar’s are coming!

This Sunday is my Super Bowl. It’s the big game. The show stopper. The awards show to end all awards shows. And I couldn’t be more excited. This year in particular, I’ve watched so many of the movies that have been nominated and I’ve even watched more awards shows than I usually do just to get pumped for The Academy Awards.

A friend even texted me last Sunday saying “ONE WEEK TIL THE OSCARS!”. So yeah, it’s a big deal.

And as excited as I am for the movies, the show and the celeb sightings, I’m just as excited to see what everyone will be wearing. This awards season has been full of so many hits and several misses, but The Oscars is where people bring their A-game. And I, personally, cannot wait to see it.

With that, my five picks for stars destined to make the Best Dressed list come Monday morning are: Continue reading

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The Very Best Performances of the 2014 Grammy Awards!

56th Grammy Awards (Image Credit: CBS/Grammy Awards)

56th Grammy Awards (Image Credit: CBS/Grammy Awards)

On Sunday January 26, 2014 the 56th Grammy Awards were held to celebrate what has been a truly fantastic year in music. Host LL Cool J could not have put things into better perspective than when he said that music is here “to free us, to move us, to inspire us and to totally surprise us.” This year’s nominees provided a wide array of songs, albums and artists that all meant different things to every individual while at the same time helped us to connect on varying levels. We danced to “Get Lucky” at clubs and parties, gained strength and confidence from “Brave” and really stopped to think about the messages to be found in “Same Love.” Every performer that appeared on the Grammy stage tonight showcased the ways in which music allows them to express themselves and use their voices. Here are some of the incredible highlights from this year’s show. Continue reading

71st ANNUAL GOLDEN GLOBE AWARDS -- Pictured: Leonardo DiCaprio, Winner Best Actor - Motion Picture, Comedy or Musical, "The Wolf of Wall Street" at the 71st Annual Golden Globe Awards held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 12, 2014 -- (Photo By: Paul Drinkwater/NBC)

The Very Best of the 71st Annual Golden Globe Awards

71st ANNUAL GOLDEN GLOBE AWARDS -- Pictured: Leonardo DiCaprio, Winner Best Actor - Motion Picture, Comedy or Musical, "The Wolf of Wall Street" at the 71st Annual Golden Globe Awards held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 12, 2014 -- (Photo By: Paul Drinkwater/NBC)

71st ANNUAL GOLDEN GLOBE AWARDS — Pictured: Leonardo DiCaprio, Winner Best Actor – Motion Picture, Comedy or Musical, “The Wolf of Wall Street” at the 71st Annual Golden Globe Awards held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 12, 2014 — (Photo By: Paul Drinkwater/NBC)

I never thought I’d say this, but as Diddy presented at the 71st Annual Golden Globe Awards, he summed up the event pretty well: “Everybody keep drinking. It’ll be over soon!” Because really, that’s how I imagine the Golden Globes to be – the more fun, light-hearted little brother of the stuffy and sophisticated Academy Awards, where celebrities are allowed to mingle during commercial breaks and consume lots of alcohol (but they probably still can’t wait to go home).

Though three-hour award ceremonies can drag on from time to time, tonight’s show proved to be entertaining through and through. The highlight was, of course, the Best Actor win for an actor who is often nominated but rarely a winner, Leonardo DiCaprio. Next stop, an Oscar? The interwebs are no doubt keeping their fingers crossed. Continue reading

Nina Dobrev and Ian Somerhalder at The 40th Annual People's Choice Awards (Image Credit: Kevin Winter/Getty)

Four Biggest Surprises of the 2014 People’s Choice Awards

Nina Dobrev and Ian Somerhalder at The 40th Annual People's Choice Awards (Image Credit: Kevin Winter/Getty)

Nina Dobrev and Ian Somerhalder at The 40th Annual People’s Choice Awards (Image Credit: Kevin Winter/Getty)

There’s only one thing I love more than an awards show, and that’s when it surprises me. Often times, we can all simply guess who is going to win a category by simply looking at the nominees. For example, when Taylor Swift won Favorite Country Artist, you know everyone in the world said “called it!” However, at the 2014 People’s Choice Awards, I was pleasantly surprised by who took home the trophy, who didn’t and the fashion in which the stars accepted their awards.

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