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Addison Fortin, Crown Writer

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Whether it is a Tuesday night or a Friday night, families and friends sit around their TVs snuggled up in blankets with a bowl of their favorite snacks, sharing one similar interest: award shows. There is an award show for any interest someone might have: movies, music, directing, etc. The most popular award shows with the most views include The Grammys, The Golden Globes, The Oscars, and the Emmys. These shows aren’t just for viewers who are interested in the people being nominated, but many people also watch for the red carpet fashion. In previous years award shows have become more focused on politics versus staying on track with honoring those who have been successful with their work.

The Golden Globes had their 75th Annual award show which recognized the excellence in both foreign and domestic films as well as television. This show honored those who performed and created excellent movies and television shows in 2017. This prestigious award show aired on January 7, 2018. This award show honored movies like The Shape of Water, The Post, The Greatest Showman, and Dunkirk. They also honored television shows including Big Little Lies, Fargo, and The Handmaid’s Tale. The Handmaid’s Tale  won Best Drama Series, and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri won Best Drama Motion Picture. Some of the actors and actresses that were honored in this show were Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling for their work in the movie La, La Land, and Meryl Streep for her work in Florence Foster Jenkins. This show took an unexpected turn when it started to become more about politics versus the films and television shows.

Politics have become a common theme for award shows and have become a way for celebrities to spread awareness for their personal beliefs. Last year during the Golden Globes actress Meryl Streep turned her acceptance speech into a speech about her personal attitude toward President Donald Trump. Kaeti Miller (11) commented on how political theses shows have become saying, “ I used to love to watch award shows with my family, but ever since they have become political I lost interest in watching.”  In previous years Latin American award recipients have turned their acceptance speeches into a way for them to spread awareness towards the threat of a wall being built when Trump was elected president. In 2016 actor Leonardo DiCaprio made his acceptance speech into a way for him to make a comment on the climate change. He wanted to get his point across saying, “ Climate change is real… Let us not take this planet for granted; I do not take tonight for granted.” Even though politics is becoming a more popular topic, people are still interested in watching their favorites get honored.

Another award show for music and comedy lovers is The Grammys. They have been held every year since 1959 and still bring in close to 25 million viewers a year. The Grammys honor and respect the great artists from the previous year, which means that this show will honor those in 2017. This year The Grammys have nominated the song “Despacito” by Luis Fonsi, Daddy Yankee, and Justin Bieber for two of the highest nominations: Song of the Year and Record of the Year. This nomination is so important because it could possibly be the first non-English-language winner since the era of Dwight D. Eisenhower. Other nominations include Album of the Year, New Artist, Pop Solo Performance, and Pop Duo/Group Performance. This year’s performers will include Lady Gaga, Pink, Little Big Town, Kesha, and Sam Smith.  The Grammys aired on January 28 and was filled with many heart-warming performances. Kesha could barely contain her emotions during her performance while she was surrounded by performers like Cyndi Lauper, Camila Cabello, Julia Michaels, and Andra Day. This year there was an estimated 26 million views, including Grace Gibson (12). “My family always makes a night out of award shows; we make our favorite foods and sit in our living room making predictions about who will win.” This year’s Grammys was one to remember; whether it was the heart-warming performances or all the political stands that were taken.  

In addition to music, The Oscars, or the Academy Awards, is hosting their 88th annual award show on March 4th, where they will honor actors, actresses, movies, and tv shows. Movies like Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, and The Shape of Water are two movies that are front-runners for many different awards. Both of these movies also received awards in The Golden Globes earlier this year. The Shape of Water is up for 13 nominations including Best Picture and Best Costume Design. The Oscars don’t just focus on the movies themselves but also the actors and actresses that worked so hard to make them so great. McKenna Berry (10), commented saying, “My favorite part of watching The Oscars is watching the red carpet with my friends so that we can see who was the best dressed.”  Award shows like The Oscars are a great way to come together and talk about everything from fashion to films.

Award shows aren’t just for the celebrities that are being honored for their work, but it is a great way for people to come together and share similar interests. Millions of people come together to watch some of their favorite singers, actors, actresses, or directors receive the recognition that they deserve from all of their hard work. Regardless of how political these award shows have become, people still turn their T.Vs on to watch the drama unfold.

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