Your Guide to Award Season

Your Guide to Award Season

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Entertainment buffs all over the continent wait every year for the opportunity to see the finest in celebrity talent as they walk down the red carpets. This award season is shaping up to be one of the best ever with stunning fashions, amazing performers and a glimpse at what you should be watching this year.

Here’s your guide to award season for 2016 and when exactly they’ll be happening so you don’t miss a thing. Bring on the flash bulbs!

The People’s Choice Awards

While other award shows have nominees voted on by a select panel of critics and association big wigs, The People’s Choice Awards allows the general public their say in who receives the props and accolades. There’s no doubt that the event is a little scatter-brained – we bounce from nominations for best actress to best new pop group.

The hodgepodge is still an entertaining event with all of the glamour and celebratory broo-ha-ha one would come to expect, and it kicks off the season beautifully.

The People’s Choice awards feature nominations for stars that include Lady Gaga, Carrie Underwood, Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johanson, Madonna, Meryll Streep, Jimmy Fallon, Robert deNiro, Anna Kendrick, George Clooney, Channing Tatum and much much more.

The People’s Choice Awards will be airing on January 6.

2016’s Golden Globes

A personal favorite, the Golden Globes are a very upscale yet jovial event where the stars are seated at tables and get to enjoy dinner and drinks while the ceremony takes place.

This event is much more diverse in that it highlights the work of writers, directors, costume artists, set designers, animators, and actors from all over the world. You’ve guessed it, The Golden Globes are focused on films and TV/online series with a few dashes of musical kudos for composers as well as animators and other people who bring the characters onscreen to life.

Nominees at this festive ceremony feature the very best such as Leonardo DiCaprio (The Revenant), Jennifer Lawrence (Joy), Melissa McCarthy (Spy) and Amy Schumer (Trainwreck). Don’t miss others like Matt Damon, Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett, Bryan Cranston, Al Pacino, Julia Louis Dreyfus, Helen Mirren, and many more insanely talented performers too.

Put on by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, the Golden Globes air on January 10.

The 22nd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards

A huge night for actors and actresses is the Screen Actors Guild Awards. Held by the SAG and AFTRA, this particular ceremony is all about the performers themselves and the performances they put on both onscreen and onstage.

Although it isn’t quite the Oscars, the 22nd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards are looking like they’re going to be fairly good if you like seeing what shows and movies are the very best on TV and in the theaters.

Nominees are voted on by other Screen Actors Guild members, meaning their peers and coworkers. Some of the nominees include Johnny Depp, Sarah Silverman, Michael Fassbender, Rooney Mara, Kate Winslet, Brad Pitt, Marisa Tomei, Mark Ruffalo, Christina Ricci, and Edie Falco.

You can catch the SAG Awards on January 30.

The Grammys

Although they don’t always showcase the very best musicians in existence, The Grammys still try to celebrate big acts and main names in music.

Often, the event seems to be more about record and download sales while the true talents of the industry rarely get nominated. As such, this is more of a top 40/popular music show, but when your favorite band actually wins, it’s pretty exciting.

The Grammys feature a huge list of pop music icons with a bunch of highly-organized performances. I would expect a big performance by Adele!

Make sure to tune in on February 15.

88th Academy Awards

To round off the season with a massive bang, the 88th Academy Awards will take center stage on February 28.

Affectionately referred to as the Oscars, this fantastic festival is put on by The International Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. The way this one works is a little different though–the nominations don’t even come out until after the Golden Globes and SAG Awards have already happened, so it could be a tad skewed.

There’s no news on nominees yet as the Oscars follow a different schedule with nominations being announced on January 14 and voting open February 12 to February 23.

Because of its timing and nomination schedule, people speculate that the nominees will fall in line with those from Golden Globes and SAG awards receiving top honors–but who knows? There could always be a few surprises…

Watch the excitement unfold on February 28.