Award Season 2018: The Year of Female Empowerment

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Saverina Scozzari

Entertainment Blogger Saverina Scozzari 

Just like that, award season came and went – or at least that’s what it felt like.

The last 6 months or so have been filled with chaos both inside and outside of Hollywood with movements such as #MeToo and #TimesUp coming to light as well as discussions surrounding gun control and equality being made more public. Each award show that took place this season took a different approach.

The Golden Globes kicked it all off in a very direct way. The award show wasn’t about the films, it was about #MeToo and #TimesUp. It screamed female empowerment and they made it clear that they weren’t going to take sh*t from anyone. They tackled Weinstein head on and the female presenters made jokes throughout the night about the males giving half of their salaries to women. There was even an all-black dress code in place to support those who have experienced sexual harassment in the workplace.

Next, were the Screen Actors’ Guild Awards (SAGs). It was the polar opposite of the Globes. It wasn’t in your face, instead the show handled things with compassion and open arms. I was expecting two hours of man-hating, but it was two hours of making everyone feel warm and happy and actually honouring the greatest accomplishments in film this year. I think that having Kristen Bell as a host played a huge part in that. She’s so kind – I can’t picture her hurting a fly.

Finally, we had the big one – the 90th Annual Academy Awards. Every year, we see something different being brought to light. We had #OscarsSoWhite trend over the last couple of years which made us aware of the racial inequality throughout the industry. This year, I think we covered all of the bases with Jordan Peele (Get Out) being nominated and taking home hardware for Best Original Screenplay and Greta Gerwig’s director nomination for Lady Bird. To tie things up, we had Shape of Water winning 4 of the 13 awards that they were nominated for. They took home the coveted Best Picture award along with Best Director, Production Design and Original Score. It perfectly fits in with the theme of inclusion with the whole human woman falling in love with a fish creature storyline.

It will be interesting to see what theme of the next award season is and if there are changes made based on what was discussed this season. Anyone can talk the talk, but it’s the action that really matters in the end.

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