2020 guide to award season: what you need to know

Darby O’Donnell ‘22, Entertainment Editor


For the past few months, it has seemed as if there was a new award show playing every night. Truthfully, award ceremonies are frequent year round, but from December to February, these award shows begin to dominate television completely. Here is a guide to the must-watch award shows for the next few months. 

The GRAMMY Awards (Jan. 26)

The GRAMMY Awards are probably the most widely known American music award show, drawing in about 19.8 million viewers during its 2019 show. With artists like Billie Eilish, Lizzo, Rosalia, and Lil Nas X, the 62nd GRAMMY Awards are a must-see for fans of mainstream music. Freshman Lauren Duvall said, “I’m looking forward to the GRAMMYs this year. I think the performances will be fun to watch.” The awards are expected to be full of memorable performances and will air on CBS on Jan. 26, 2020, 8:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. 

WGA Awards and Art Directors Guild Awards (Feb. 1)

Although the Writers Guild Awards (WGA) and the Art Directors Guild Awards may not be on everyone’s must-see list, for those who are interested in writing or art, these shows will be hits. The WGA honor writers from various platforms, whether those be film, news, radio, television, or other forms of media. The Art Directors Guild Awards celebrates art directors, artists, designers, and others who demonstrate excellence in production design. Both ceremonies will be broadcast online.

BAFTA Awards (Feb. 2)

Graham Norton will be hosting the 2020 British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTAS) at London’s Royal Albert Hall. BAFTA commemorates creators of British film, television, and games. Despite the fact that the BAFTAs seek to reward British media, the nominations appear very familiar to audiences from many countries. Some nominations include Leonardo DiCaprio, Scarlett Johansson, Margot Robbie, Tom Hanks, Saoirse Ronan, Joaquin Phoenix, and many other big names in film. 

Film Independent Spirit Awards (Feb. 8)

Hosted this year by Aubrey Plaza, the 2020 Film Independent Spirit Awards seek to recognize the best independent filmmakers and films of the year. This ceremony strives to bring appreciation to unique and low-budget films that would otherwise go unnoticed in the media. This year will mark the 35th annual program. Though focused on lower profile films, many big names including Robert Pattinson, Adam Sandler, Jennifer Lopez, Octavia Spencer, Willem Dafoe, and Shia LaBeouf are included in the nominations. Viewers can tune in on the live broadcast on Feb. 8 at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time on IFC.

The Oscars (Feb. 9)

The 92nd Academy Awards, more widely recognized as the Oscars, will include performances from some of the best films of the year, and will commemorate these films with awards in nine categories. The Academy Awards will additionally feature a red carpet pre-show where celebrities will be interviewed and judged on their fashion choices. Sophomore Christine Silak said, “I don’t really watch the Oscars, but I always watch the red-carpet show before.” The Oscars will be aired on Feb. 9 at 6:30 p.m. Eastern Standard Time by ABC Television Network.  


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