2015 Awards Season Guide to Help You Plan Your Viewing Schedule Accordingly
In the entertainment world, there are a lot of things to look forward to in 2015. Personally, I am basically counting down the minutes until Kate Middleton gives birth. But in second place? Definitely awards season. Is there anything better than a good, solid award show? From watching Giuliana Rancic's red carpet interviews to the inevitable drunk acceptance speeches that happen every year, I get sucked in every time. And, honestly, it's the gift that keeps on giving: the season lasts for a few months, but the memories of John Travolta mispronouncing Idina Menzel's name last forever. And since the season officially kicks off on January 11 with the Golden Globes, it's time to start strategizing.
Just in case you aren't the kind of person who keeps a countdown on your phone for these kinds of things (not that I am, or anything...) I've got you covered. Read on to find a complete listing of all the major, must see awards shows — and why you should be completely psyched about them — so that you can plan your year accordingly. Just to be safe, I'd cancel all your plans every Sunday from now until May. It's going to be amazing.
The Golden Globe Awards
When: Sunday, January 11, 8 p.m. ET on NBC
Why you should watch: Amy Poehler and Tina Fey are hosting again — and supposedly for the last time — so you're not going to want to miss this. There are no better hosts in history, except for maybe Neil Patrick Harris. Dude, I would totally watch an award show hosted by Amy Poehler, Tina Fey, and Neil Patrick Harris. How do we make this happen?
The biggest thing to look forward to: Aside from Poehler and Fey's hosting, my fingers are crossed that we get to see Uzo Aduba take home an award for her role as Orange is The New Black's Crazy Eyes. She totally deserves it.
What you should be prepared to hate: In the categories that aren't divided by gender, women take a huge backseat. And just hearing the nominee list pisses me off every time.
Fun fact: Meryl Streep has been nominated for 29 Golden Globe awards — the most of anyone in Golden Globes history.
Screen Actor's Guild Awards
When: Sunday, January 25 at 8 p.m. ET on TNT
Why you should watch: The SAG Awards are super awesome, because it's the Hollywood version of high school superlatives. Who doesn't get a thrill out of watching a popularity contest unfold in front of their very eyes? If you didn't win, then your peers didn't think you deserved the title of best dressed. Sorry.
The biggest thing to look forward to: The Actors Stories-themed opening montage, where various celebrities say something cute, and then "I am an actor." I love it.
What you should be prepared to hate: There's a good chance this is going to end up being the Modern Family awards, like always. The worst.
Fun fact: The SAG Awards are still relatively new. The first awards didn't happen until 1995.
When: Sunday, February 9 at 9 p.m. ET on CBS
Why you should watch: If you're going to watch any music awards show, let it be this one. It's the only one that actually matters, although the VMAs are always way more entertaining.
The biggest thing to look forward to: Beyoncé's been nominated for six awards, so it's basically her night. Who doesn't love a night made of Beyoncé?
What you should be prepared to hate: Pharrell has also received six nominations, so there are going to be a lot of hat jokes. Ugh.
Fun fact: Kanye West has won 21 Grammys. Wait, where was I when that was happening? That number seems high.
87th Academy Awards
When: Sunday, February 22 at 7 p.m. ET on ABC
Why you should watch: Neil Patrick Harris is hosting. If that's not a good enough reason, I don't know what is.
The biggest thing to look forward to: It's the most glammed up show, so, obviously, it's the best red carpet to watch.
What you should be prepared to hate: After about the first hour and a half, things go downhill fast. The Oscars always turn into a snoozefest. Don't blame yourself if you fall asleep before it's over. It's not you, it's the longwinded acceptance speeches and completely obscure categories.
Fun fact: An Oscar weighs just under nine pounds. Why do they call it an Oscar? This isn't 100 percent confirmed, but the most likely reason is that an executive producer named Margaret Herrick thought the award looked like her uncle Oscar and the name stuck.
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