Christmas is over, and the bubbly of the New Year has been consumed or is flat. But never fear,the Award Season is upon us! I do love the holidays, but I REALLY look forward to this season and I think this year is going to be VERY interesting on several levels.
It seems every organization even slightly affiliated with Hollywood and the movies has an award ceremony. I could give a shit about the North Carolina Film Critics Association awards (Sorry, North Carolina. I am sure your state is a fine one, and your critics are worthy.) Of course, the Super Bowl of Award Season is the one and only Oscars.
I offered to blog some of the award shows for TT, and she took me up on it despite my abysmal failure at blogging the Voice. (I just couldn’t catch up or find the time and interest this past season). For the sake of our TamaraTattles family, I’m sticking with the ones that are shown live from coast to coast! (Sorry non-USA watchers. Maybe you can find a way to live stream?)
MARK YOUR CALENDARS!
GOLDEN GLOBES: They are less than a week away, set to air on Sunday, January 6th! 8 PM Eastern/5 PM Pacific on NBC. I will not be preparing a special menu. However, I might break out the cocktail shaker and make a mixed drink or two. The attendees get to drink, which adds to the fun. The nominees have already been announced. Remember, the GG are both TV and movies – any of them your faves?
SAG AWARDS: Or as my father puts it, one of the most unfortunate acronyms on the planet. Sunday, January 27, 8 PM Eastern/5 PM Pacific on TNT and TBS. This might be a pizza night for me, with boxed wine. This one only focuses on acting, but I still take a look at the “best ensemble” for potential Oscar Best Pictures. It is DEFINITELY one to watch for potential Best Actor/Actress winners!
And finally… the ultimate: THE OSCARS!!!!: February 24. Sunday. Coverage on various channels will be all day (I’m hoping to avoid E! as much as possible). Be there, or be square. A good time can be had by all in TamaraTattles comments. The actual ceremony starts at 8 PM Eastern/5 PM Pacific on ABC. A menu will be planned for myself. I will determine the actual recipes after the nominees have been announced, but I am leaning towards 2 or 3 appetizers inspired by the Governor’s Ball caterer himself, Wolfgang Puck, or Hollywood, that could be consumed during the red carpet shows. Perhaps I will also have a salad as a main, with some sort of fun dessert afterward to eat during the ceremony itself. This could all change.
The nominees for Golden Globes and SAG Awards can be found here and here. The nomination process for the Oscars doesn’t even start until the day after the Golden Globes, which should be interesting. I’m particularly focused on A Star is Born and Black Panther. I LOVED A Star is Born on so many levels. I’m a bit obsessed. I’m usually a DC girl and not Marvel, but Black Panther was fantastic and has the potential to be one of those rare popular blockbusters that could garner some nominations at the Oscars beyond the more tech categories. Once again, very few of the shows and TV actors I watch are nominated. I love Grace and Frankie – Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda were nominated, but they’ll cancel each other out. If network stars Candice Bergen and Debra Messing win, I’d be shocked. I will be rooting for the Kominsky Method for Comedy and Pose for Drama. Just started KM on Netflix. Hilarious and smart! I haven’t watched the full first season for Pose yet, but what I’ve seen has been brilliant and groundbreaking.
There are other award shows happening of course, but I don’t think there are any others that are aired live for everyone in the USA. I’m nuts enough to actually watch the BAFTAs the last couple of years. A much more formal event feeling – even though the host is typically a comedic type person, there aren’t many jokes. There have been good speeches though, and I think a good precursor to the Oscars.
Speaking of hosts, what a strange year! I think Megan Mullally will kill it as host of the SAG Awards. Not really surprised there. Sandra Oh and Andy Samburg are the hosts of the Golden Globes and I find that weird. Not even inspired, oh, this could be fun weird, but just “Huh? Who thought of that combo?”. Full disclosure, I did not see them present at the Emmys together.
The real shitshow is the Oscars host debacle.
In case you missed it, The Oscars had a cluster fuck on their hands with Kevin Hart being their host for maybe a day last month. Stupid, stupid choice. If he had made it to the ceremony, you know it would have been chock full of stupid jokes about how he’s shorter than Oscar. Blech. I don’t find him all that funny OR cutting edge.
Now, I firmly believe that people can grow and change in regards to their fears about the LGBTQIA community. Plenty of people 10 years ago couldn’t even imagine marriage equality, and now they fully support it. But even for 10 years ago or so, Kevin Hart’s tweets were pretty ugly. He literally said he’d beat his child if his son was playing with a dollhouse. He used the “f” word repeatedly as an insult. Then when asked about the tweets, he was unrepentant and unapologetic. A I’m sorry you were so sensitive is not an apology. Neither is Sorry you feel bad I am happy and they were funny/comics are cutting edge. Fuck him. Too many kids live with that fear in their own homes every day. Organizations like GLAAD reached out to him, to perhaps make it a positive moment during the Oscars, and he refused their offer. They weren’t even asking for him to be fired. Instead, he doubled down, and refused to apologize, so the Academy fired him.
I have no idea if they turned it down, but even before he was announced as host people were asking for Tiffany Haddish and Maya Rudolph to co-host. I was totally down with that. Tiffany isn’t my favorite comedienne, but I loved her last year because she so appreciated being at the Oscars. With her fan-girling out, she WAS so many of us. Maya can do no wrong in my eyes, and she’s married to an Oscar nominated director (Paul Thomas Anderson should have been nominated for writing Phantom Thread last year, dammit)
Now, instead of responding to the repeated requests of finding a woman to host (in light of last years’ Me Too movement exploding (Me Too has been around a lot longer folks), they are contemplating doing a no host ceremony. Stupid bastards.
So, are you going to watch? Have you seen any of the nominees? Who are you rooting for? Thoughts on who should be the host of the Oscars? Hollywood appetizer suggestions for me?
PRO-TIP: I’ve mentioned this in the past award show blogs, but if you get a chance, go see at least one of the “shorts” category. Whatever will float your boat. They have awards for best live action shorts, best animated, and best short documentaries.