As 2019 Begins, so Does Award Season


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A scene from the November 2018 film, Green Book

Written by Annie Gilbert

This year’s Golden Globes were far different from past awards shows, with major changes taking place within Hollywood. In past years, award shows have been criticized for being overly political, and as a result, this years Golden Globes presented a more uplifting approach and acknowledging the hard work and brilliance of actors and film creators.

On January 6th, the 76th Golden Globes were hosted by Sandra Oh and Andy Samberg. The two co-hosts were chosen for their well known kindness which was made quite clear throughout the awards through their light hearted and uncontroversial jokes.

Samberg even supported this by jokingly stating, “Some of you may be wondering why (he and Oh were hosts) and the reason is we’re the only two people left in Hollywood who haven’t gotten in trouble for saying something offensive.”

Oh was not only a co-host, she also won an award for Best Actress in a Drama TV Series. Oh is now the first person of Asian descent to host a major award show.

Although the idea of hosting the Golden Globes was daunting, Ms. Oh stated, “I said yes to the fear of being on this stage tonight because I wanted to be here to look out into this audience and witness this moment of change.”

A special guest on Sunday night was actor and comedian, Carol Burnett. Burnett had her own comedy show in the 60’s and 70’s called “The Carol Burnett Show”, which set the standards for comedy during that time. On Sunday evening she was presented with an award named in her honor. Many adults grew up with Carol Burnett and were pleased to see the comedic icon receive such an award.

Acting teacher and professional actress Cheryl Felicia Rhoads was among those people and said, “Carol Burnett, who was in her prime when I was in high school, lent a touch of class to this year’s Golden Globes.”

Another big moment of the evening was when Rami Malek humbly accepted the award for Best Actor in a Drama Film for his role as Freddie Mercury in the movie “Bohemian Rhapsody” at the end of the awards. The film itself  also won Best Drama Film causing it to win both of the categories it was nominated for. Meanwhile Glenn Close won Best Actress in a Drama film while going against Lady Gaga for “A Star is Born” which was shocking to some but well deserved. Although Gaga did not go home with best actress on Sunday she did take home the award for best original song for “Shallow”. The film “A Star is Born” was also nominated for many other categories.

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Actor Rami Malek as iconic musician Freddie Mercury in the 2018 film, Bohemian Rhapsody

Despite all the changes going on in Hollywood, 2018 was a somewhat controversial year for film. While of course there were a few great movies many people feel that last years movies just didn’t intrigue them enough to make them want to go to the theatres. When WHS students were asked what their favorite movie was that came out in 2018, more than half of the students questioned didn’t  have one due, to lack of interest. On the other hand, there are most definitely students at WHS who are very ardent towards movies as well. Creator of the W.A.A.C club (Woodgrove Appreciation and Association of Cinema) Tara Kulak is dedicated to getting people together to share their love of film.

Kulak’s favorite feature of 2018 was “BlacKkKlansman” as she stated, “ I think it has a lot to do with the political climate of today, but I  also really like the director, Spike Lee, his cinematography is outstanding and it was a wonderful film set in the 70’s and I really like modern films that are set in the 70’s/80’s.” Kulak’s strong attitude towards film is very compelling due to her ability to share her passionate thoughts on the subject.

Now that the Globes are over, the Oscars are quickly approaching on February 24, 2019. While they still have yet to decide who the host will be there is a pretty good indication on who will be going home awarded based on the outcome from the Golden Globes. A few possible candidates are “A Star is Born”, “Roma”, “The Green Book”, “Bohemian Rhapsody”, “BlacKkKlansaman”, and many  more.

As the peak of award season is approaching it is important to keep in mind how the industry has affected the human population as a whole. Whether that be through making big changes in real life or giving everyday people someone to relate to on screen. The film industry has had a big impact on today’s culture and seems as if it will continue to do so.  Ms. Cheryl Rhoads added, “We still need each other’s stories. And people will always need storytellers to let each of us know, that we are not alone.”