Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Film Award Season

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The truth is that the film award season never truly ends. Once the culmination of every award season (the Oscars) passes, the preparation for the next one begins. The true awards season, however, begins in September with various film festivals and ends with the Academy Awards. The Oscars are usually held in late February or early March. If there was ever a time in your life when you devoured the red carpet glam and spent your night and day sitting in front of the TV waiting for your favorite celeb to appear, then there are probably many things you always wanted to know about film awards season. 

Even though festivals such as Sundance Festival can be viewed by some as a part of the film awards season, today we are going to deal with the events one typically associates with the awards. All you have to do is stick to the very end! 

The Awards

Let's kick things off with the information you are really here for - the awards season. If you have followed your favorite A-listers for quite some time, then you can probably already list all the award ceremonies they usually attend. But if you know nothing more than the fact that somewhere out there celebrities gather to attend the Golden Globes, then you are about to enter a whole new world. 

The Golden Globes

The film awards season usually begins with the Golden Globes. This glitzy event is the first televised event of the calendar year and it takes place in January. The Golden Globes are usually hosted by a very famous celebrity (such as Tina Fey) and the voting body is called the Foreign Hollywood Press Association. This booze-fueled party never disappoints as it always gathers Hollywood's biggest stars who don't mind drinking and loosening up. 

What's characteristic for the Golden Globes is that they divide films into categories. There's a lot of controversy surrounding this event, with some claiming that the winners are usually very predictable. That doesn't change the fact that it's still a nice moment for the winners, as they get to go out on stage and bask in their glory. 

The Guilds

The Guilds are something very different indeed. And if you want to know everything there is to know about film awards season, you can't skip the Guilds - the awards voted on by peers and for peers. The Guilds are comprised of four events - the Directors Guild of America, the Producers Guild of America, the Writers Guild of America and, of course, the Screen Actors Guild Awards. 

It goes without saying that the SAG awards are usually the ones that get the most attention. They take place in late January and attract America's greatest performers. The winners' acceptance speeches are usually full of references and mentions of their fellow colleagues and actors. Of course, they also include mentions of those who contributed to their success. 

Critic's Pick

The New York Film Critics Circle, the Los Angeles Film Critics Association, and the Critics' Choice Awards make up the awards voted by critics. While you might not be familiar with the first two events, you are most likely familiar with the Critics' Choice Awards. That's because they are a televised event taking place in mid-January, and they honor both film and television. What might be seen as a very interesting fact is that this year, as well as the previous one, every core-category winner for the Critic's Choice Awards lined up perfectly with the Oscars. 

Of course, just because you are a film critic doesn't mean that you will be able to become a part of the panel. It's not as simple as having some experience as a critic, hiring a moving company and moving to Hollywood. No - the voting bodies consist of Broadcast Film Critics Association and the Broadcast Television Journalists Association. If you are a part of these associations, proceed to book a move with AAA Insta-Move. If not, you better work on your skills and education.

The Golden Raspberry Awards

How much do you know about film awards season? Unless you are an expert or a really big fanatic, you probably have no idea that the Razzies are a ceremony dedicated to the worst performances of the year! Sounds like something the A-listers would stay away from, right? But the Razzies are known for having some of the biggest stars, like Halle Berry, in the front row seats. They don't mind making fun of themselves every once in a while - a characteristic of a truly confident person. 

The Academy Awards

Lo and behold - it's the most talked about event of the year. Filmmakers work on picking the right filming location, choosing the biggest stars, and making a killer storyline - all with the hopes of their film being an Academy Awards winner. The Academy Awards is split into five branches - actors, producers, writers, directors, and technicians. The truth is that there is so much to be told about the Oscars that it could form an entire 2000 word article on its own. But what's really important is that the Academy Awards are thought of as the best of the best in the industry. Academy Award winners forever carry that title with pride, never letting anyone forget about their big accomplishment.

We all know about film awards season and the glamour that surrounds it

Some people are only interested in the lavish gowns the celebs wear for these ceremonies. Others are employed in the branch and genuinely care about whose performance is deserving of an Oscar. So how much do you think you know about film awards season? And, more importantly, do you care to expand your knowledge? If you are willing to learn, the sky is your limit.

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Cassie Goldberg
Cassie Goldberg is a journalist, blogger, and film enthusiast. As someone who takes acting lessons as a hobby, she enjoys writing about the industry. Her work mostly revolves around film and theater performances, but she isn't afraid to branch out.

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