With awards season just around the corner, either your heart starts to flutter at the first sign of the Academy Awards or you assume Leonardo DiCaprio has five Oscars under his wing. But whether you’re a film and music awards junkie or not, this year it’s time to set aside a few hours on Sunday and stream the red carpet. Here’s why.
Hello, it’s Adele.
Adele finally came back from her four year hiatus with the release of her most recent album 25, which puts her up for record up the year, song of the year, and album of the year. And even more exciting: she’s taking the stage again, hopefully without any audio difficulties.
Miranda stands as one of the few Hispanic nominees up for an Academy Award, earning his spot with his original Moana song “How Far I’ll Go.” If he takes the win, Miranda will be in the rare club of EGOT’s, or those who have won an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and a Tony. Considering he has an Emmy, two Grammy’s, and three Tony’s under his belt, it seems he has a pretty good shot.
Twins. Lemonade. Visual Album. 62 nominations. And on top of it all we get a performance at the 2017 awards out of it too. Queen Bey is officially the most nominated woman in Grammy’s history and is up for 9 just this year. Even if you’re not in the bey-hive, how can you not be excited?
Oscars Still So White?
Hidden Figures currently sits at the top of the box office as best picture nominee, telling the story of a team of African American female mathematicians who led NASA through its early days. The film is nominated for 3 Oscars and dons another nomination to Octavia Spencer for Best Supporting Actress–one of six black actors nominated for Oscars.
Hidden Figure’s success is complemented by films like Moonlight and Fences. Moonlight takes a hard look at American reality through a very personal medium, and all three films erode barriers and bring diversity into perspective. Despite these gains in the film industry, the Oscars are still very white, but the strength of these films show what inclusiveness and success can look like when people can rightfully shine.
Chance the Rapper
We’ve ALL been waiting for Chance’s Grammy’s debut. He’s the first artist ever to be nominated for a streaming-only album, a feat that’s much overdue with the changing ways music is being consumed. If this new eligibility for streaming-only music wasn’t enough of a nod, he’s also getting a chance at the stage as a performer.
La La Land
It seems strange to bring musicals back into the mix, but with 14 nominations, La La Land has clearly done it right. The film ties the record of Oscar nominations with Titanic and All About Eve. The modern film contrasted with our antiquated views of bursting into song and dance makes for a good debate and most certainly has gained the attention of film ~aficionados~.
Whether your motives are to see a more diverse Hollywood in action or to catch the music industry’s best on the stage, the events these next few Sundays are definitely worth the watch, and can even serve as a distraction from prelim stress and post-February break slump.