‘TIS THE SEASON FOR ENTERTAINMENT AWARDS. BUT WHY SO MANY?

‘TIS THE SEASON FOR ENTERTAINMENT AWARDS. BUT WHY SO MANY?

hollywood trophiesWhile the world seems focused on the holidays, it’s hard to believe we’re in the midst of Awards Season for movies and TV. The SAG Awards (Screen Actor’s Guild), the Golden Globes (Hollywood Foreign Press Association) and the Academy Awards (the Oscars) are all naming nominees during December and January. How are they different? How are they the same? And, are they predictors of box-office success?

What are the differences? SAG and Academy Awards are focused on motion pictures – film and cinema, while the Golden Globes honor motion pictures as well as television.

Golden Globes bestow 25 awards by the 93 members of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) recognizing excellence in film and television, both domestic and foreign. Broadcasting live on January 10th, 2016, the annual event is considered a major part of the film industry’s awards season. Click here for the 2015 nominees.

SAG Awards presented by the Screen Actors Guild (SAG-AFTRA), are highly prized as the only awards focused exclusively on performers – individuals, ensembles and motion picture casts. Watch live on Saturday January 30th, 2016 and view the nominees by clicking here.

Academy Awards presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) – and better known as the Oscars – honors the best films, actors, supporting actors, directors, sound, score, cinematography, editing, animation, foreign language film, screenplays, costume design, hair and make-up, production and visual effects of 2015. Nominees will be announced January 14, 2016, with the Awards ceremony televised on February 28, 2016.

How are the Awards similar? Although there are categories of recognition unique to each, all the awards honor best picture, lead and supporting actor and actresses. All three – SAG, Golden Globes and the Academy – honor lifetime achievements for outstanding, long-term contributions to the industry.

Do they predict box-office success? There’s definitely a boost in revenue from both a nomination and a win – especially from the Oscars. The more awards for film or actor adds up to more media buzz, more excitement and longer lines at the box office. On the flip side, some of the highest grossing films were not


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