Award Season 101

by Yvonne Albers

By Angela Bekairis

After ringing in the New Year it’s always time to focus on the next ‘big thing’: awards season, of course! But from the Golden Globes to the Oscars, how much do we really know?
While you may be clued up as to who’s been nominated, it’s time to also know a little more about these big events themselves. You know, in case you’re invited one day.

The Academy Awards

Known to most of the world as ‘The Oscars’, this awards ceremony is the queen of them all. The first Academy Awards presentation was held on May 16, 1929 at a private dinner function at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, with an audience of about 270 people – and ran for just 15 minutes! That night, guests paid $5; 15 statuettes were awarded, honouring artists, directors and other participants in the film-making industry of the time for their works during the 1927–28 period. Today, the Oscars consists of 24 awards for artistic and technical merit in the film industry, given annually by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS), to recognise excellence in cinematic achievements as assessed by the Academy’s voting membership. Just like the globes, nominated films need to have been released within the calendar year in Los Angeles, and have played for seven consecutive days. The winner of each award gets to take home the wanted golden statuette, officially called the ‘Academy Award of Merit’, although more commonly referred to by its nickname ‘Oscar’. While the Oscars were first broadcast on radio in 1930 and televised for the first time in 1953, it has since become the oldest worldwide entertainment awards ceremony, now watched worldwide. The 91st Oscars ceremony will air on February 24, 2019.

The Grammy Awards
Hitting our screens on February 10, the Grammys is one of the top three watched award ceremonies of the year. Originally called Gramophone Award, the Grammy is an award presented by the Recording Academy to recognise achievements in the music industry. The first Grammy Awards ceremony was held on May 4, 1959, to honour and respect the musical accomplishments by
performers for the year 1958.

Writers Guild Awards
The 71st Writers Guild of America Awards will take place on February 17 this year and will once again celebrate the achievement of various writers from film, television, radio and video games. This ceremony started in 1949, though the awards show was only broadcast on television for the first time in 2004.

The British Academy Of Film And Television Academy
The BAFTA TV Awards ceremony – which this year will be held in London on February 10 – is an independent charity that supports, develops and promotes the art forms of the moving image (film, television and games) in the United Kingdom. BAFTA was founded by a group of directors in 1947 and started out as the British Film Academy. The ceremony this year will be held on Sunday, February 10.


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