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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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
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
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
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.
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.
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.
Well folks, it’s that time of year again when we must wave goodbye to award season. We’ve seen many a flowing dress, listened to dozens of acceptance speeches, and tonight, witnessed the birth of the most epic selfie ever taken. If that last item doesn’t sound quite right to those of you who skipped the party (I’m looking at you, The Walking Dead lovers), take a look at the best moments you missed. Continue reading
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
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
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.
Ah, The 65th Primetime Emmy Awards. There’s nothing quite like the glitz, the glam and the fashion, and of course, the variety of stars that grace the television screen. That is, unless, you decided to watch Breaking Bad. If you did, you’d probably disagree that the Emmys deserves the title of “greatest television spectacle,” because honestly, what beats Breaking Bad anyways? Continue reading
The Tonys are by far my favorite awards show. Although the Oscars this year had plenty of musical numbers, the Tonys reign as the highest U.S. theatre honors for both plays and musicals. In their 67th year, the Tony Awards were back at Radio City Music Hall in New York City after a few years at the Beacon Theatre.
The show kicked off with a bang. Four-time host Neil Patrick Harris’s opening number celebrated not only the nominees but many currently running Broadway musicals as well, including Motown The Musical, Bring It On: The Musical, Newsies, and Jersey Boys. As Harris said, it was a tribute to the “best of Broadway” but also an effort to make the show “bigger” and “better.” Continue reading
When you think country music, you probably think cowboy hats, pick-up trucks, girls crying, boys fighting, and people drinking alcohol all the time. In some cases, you would be correct in your way of thinking, but country music is not limited to that stereotype with a variety of sounds and artists emerging in recent years to suit just about anyone’s taste.
It’s the artists themselves that make country music so appealing to me. I biggest reason I was looking forward to watching the 2013 CMT Awards was because I love almost every single artist that is presenting or performing. I am a country princess through and through…even though I live in the city. The performances I was most looking forward to seeing were: Hunter Hayes, Taylor Swift, Florida Georgia Line, and Carrie Underwood.
Jason Aldean, country music star, and Kristen Bell, famous actress, hosted the 12th annual celebration that took place in Nashville, Tennessee. I am dying to visit the capital of country music and hope one day I can! Kristen hosted the show last year as, but this was Jason’s first time hosting an award show.
Lenny Kravitz opened up the show with his song, “American Woman.” One of the hosts, Jason Aldean joined him as well. Every time I hear this song, I wonder where Taylor Swift is since it’s the song that plays right before she goes on stage for her RED tour. This song definitely got the crowd going.
Kristen told Jason that he has to “rip” on the country music stars, but both seemed to have a hard time with it. Jason wound up telling Taylor Swift that country will always be her home and they are proud of her (I was shocked to say the least and very happy that he gave her a compliment) and Kristen tried to make fun of Carrie Underwood, but couldn’t do it.
Kellie Pickler and Scotty McCreery, American Idol alums were the first presenters for the Breakthrough Video of the Year award. The winner was Florida Georgia Line for their song, “Cruise”. I am obsessed with this song, so I was very happy that they won. Anyone who is friends with my girl Taylor is great in my book. Plus they are mighty fine looking, in my opinion.
Anna Sophia Robb, actress from The Carrie Diaries, and Brantley Gilbert, country bad boy, introduce the next performer: Miranda Lambert. She performed her new song, “Mama’s Broken Heart.” I love Miranda’s bad ass attitude. Plus her pink microphone is awesome. She is a fantastic singer and Blake Shelton is one lucky man to be married to her.
The Avett Brothers introduced the newest artist to country music, Kasey Musgraves. She performed her new song, “Blowin’ Smoke.” She is a huge success so far. Almost everyone I know on Twitter is obsessed with her. I am not a fan, but I wish her all the best.
Dog Chapman, the Bounty Hunter, and his wife Beth were the next presenters for the Performance of the Year award. The winner was Miranda Lambert for her song, “Over You.” This is a very emotional song that she wrote with her husband Blake Shelton. It’s about his brother that passed away a few years ago.
Florida Georgia Line then told the audience that show was being broadcast to all the military and armed forces deployed overseas and introduced the next performer: Darius Rucker. He performed his song, “Wagon Wheel.” Lady Antebellum joined him on stage as well. The entire audience was cheering and singing along.
Jason Aldean introduced the next performer, Hunter Hayes. His performance was outside of the Bridgestone Arena. He sang his song, “I Want Crazy.” Oh my goodness. I am a huge Hayniac. Hunter is just so adorable and I am completely obsessed with this song. It reminds me of the relationship I have with my boyfriend. I listen to it at least once or twice a day. I need to see this kid in concert! Girls in the audience were wearing heart shaped sunglasses with “Crazy” written on them. I want a pair now.
Hunter sent it over to Luke Bryan, who was playing across the street at a place called The Stage. He sang his song, “Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye.” He is a very talented singer and his voice gives me shivers. He then sent it back to the Arena for the next performance. My girl Taylor!
Taylor performed her new single, “Red.” Her dress was red and black. Her guitar was red. Her microphone was red. Can you tell she loves the color red almost as much as I do? I am so biased, but this was the best performance of the night. She had her band with her and back up dancers as well. The lights on stage changed colors when she mentioned blue, grey, and red. Taylor and her guitarist Paul Sidoti gave fantastic guitar solos as well.
Larry the Cable Guy was out next. He told Carrie Underwood to stop calling him because they are both married to other people now. Carrie’s husband Mike was about to go onto the stage and beat him up jokingly. I was cracking up. Larry presented the award for Collaborative Video of the Year. The winner was Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, and Eric Church for their song, “The Only Way I Know.”
The Band Perry introduced the next performer: Keith Urban. He sang his new song, “A Little Bit of Everything.” His guitar skills are amazing. Plus I am a sucker for his Australian accent. He and his wife Nicole Kidman are cute together.
The Nationwide On Your Side Award for Best New Act winner was Hunter Hayes. He definitely deserved this because he is a wonderful singer. He is so adorable and humble. Plus he is friends with my girl Taylor. You know that means a lot in my book.
Jana Kramer and Charles Easton, stars of the hit TV shoe Nashville presented the award for Duo Video of the Year. The winner was Florida Georgia Line. In their acceptance speech, they mentioned my girl Taylor. “Two in a row. We are going to turn into Taylor Swift now.” So awesome!
Lisa Marie Presley and Ed Sheeran introduced the next performers: Lady Antebellum. They performed their song, “Goodbye Town.” Charles Kelley and Hilary Scott’s voices complement each other so well. For having a baby on the way, Hilary can still rock like the best of ‘em.
Lenny Kravitz presented the award for Female Video of the Year. The winner was Miranda Lambert for her song, “Mama’s Broken Heart.” She gave Carrie a hug and Taylor Swift a high five on her way to the stage.
Keith Urban introduced the next performance from Little Big Town. They sang their song, “Break the Chain.” My girl Taylor was head banging along to the song. Towards the end of the song, Keith joined them on stage for a guitar solo.
Dax Shepard and The Bacon brothers presented the award for Group Video of the Year. The winner was Lady Antebellum for their song, “Downtown.” Then Kristen introduced Jason for his performance of “Night Train.”
Miranda Lambert presented the award for Male Video of the Year. The winner was Blake Shelton for his song, “Sure Be Cool If You Did.” How cute that Miranda was able to give the award to her own husband? Sadly, he wasn’t able to be at the show, so she accepted on his behalf.
Rascal Flatts introduced the next performer, Carrie Underwood. She dedicated her song, “See You Again” to the tornado victims of Oklahoma. It was a very emotional performance.
Sheryl Crow and Kenny Rogers presented the award for Video of the Year. The winner was Carrie Underwood for “Blown Away.” I was a tiny bit disappointed that Taylor didn’t win.
Florida Georgia Line and Nelly closed out the show with their remix of “Cruise.” What a great song to close out the show with!
The 2013 CMT Awards were awesome like they are every single year. I love country music and I hope the readers do as well.
This year’s Billboard Music Awards is going to be anything but dull. Hosted by Tracy Morgan, the show will feature performances by Katy Perry, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Christina Aguilera, Bruno Mars, Prince, and many more. This award show in particular has an edge above the rest. Billboard and data partners track popular music based on sales, downloads, airtime, touring, and streaming. Fans can also participate before the show. They can vote for their favorite hit artist for the Milestone Award, where the winner is selected based on public votes. Fans can also listen to music samples from 5 new artists on Billboard’s website and vote for a winner to play during the BBMA’s Post-Party. Continue reading