Lights, camera, and awkward acceptance speeches: award season 2014


The dynamic duo host the Golden Globes for the second year in a row.

By: Dana Leonard

Lazy Sunday nights during the winter are for gathering around the television with your roommates and turning on award shows. Whether music, fashion, television or film sparks your interest, there are plenty of award shows to host your celebrity wants and needs. However, award shows can be actor, director and television overload, so the Marquette Journal has made a quick and easy guide for you to keep track of this year’s front runners and winners

The Golden Globes

The Golden Globes, held on January 12 of this year, is an award show that comes with dinner and drinks, making this award show tipsy with excitement. The Hollywood Foreign Press Association, comprised of esteemed journalists, votes for each category addressing noteworthy television and film. Real-life best friends Tina Fey and Amy Poelher hosted the Golden Globes for the second time this year. The duo nailed comedic skits that left the audience laughing, no matter their age group.  Sosie Bacon, daughter of Kyra Sedgwick and Kevin Bacon, boasted the title of Miss Golden Globe this year as she escorted award winners off the stage built for the Beverly Hills Hotel. Jennifer Lawrence stole the show with her charismatic, down-to-earth personality, while Jacqueline Bisset made audience members cringe by accepting her award with awkward and rambling conversation. Bono and U2 were in the audience, winning Best Original Song for Mandela. Alex Ebert, of Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes, shockingly scored Best Original Score for All is Lost. Aaron Paul gave the night’s best acceptance speech by exclaiming,”Yeah, b—-h,” as he picked up the Best Television Series- Drama for “Breaking Bad.” Woody Allen was honored with the Cecil B. DeMille Lifetime Achievement Award, but was not present to retrieve it and had his good friend Diane Keaton accept on his behalf


Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture:  Jennifer Lawrence, American Hustle

Best Television Series- Drama:  “Breaking Bad”

Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series- Drama:  Bryan Cranston, “Breaking Bad”

Best Original Score- Motion Picture:  Alex Ebert for All is Lost

Best Original Song- Motion Picture:  U2 “Ordinary Love” for Mandela

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a motion Picture:  Jared Leto, Dallas Buyers Club

Best Screenplay- Motion Picture:  Her

Best Animated Feature Film:  Frozen

Best Motion Picture- Drama:  12 Years a Slave

The SAG Awards

The Screen Actors Guild, abbreviated as SAG, Awards is the most unique of all award shows because actors have complete control of the award recipient outcome. Union actors who belong to the Screen Actors Guild vote for fellow actors and industry projects in this award show. The phrase “By the people, for the people” could be aptly applied to this award show. The SAG Awards are more relaxed than others because it is a bunch of friends and co-workers getting together to celebrate the wonderful work they have created. Actress, singer, dancer, author, and educator Rita Moreno was honored with the SAG Life Achievement Award for her outstanding achievements in her career and humanitarian efforts. The 20th Annual SAG Awards takes place on January 18. 


Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture:  American Hustle

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role:  Matthew McConaughey, Dallas Buyers Club

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role:  Cate Blanchett, Blue Jasmine

Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series:  “Breaking Bad”

Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series:  “Modern Family”

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series:  Bryan Cranston, “Breaking Bad”

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series:  Maggie Smith, “Downton Abbey”

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series:  Ty Burrell, “Modern Family”

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series:  Julia Louis-Dreyfus, “Veep”

The Academy Awards

“I’d like to thank the academy,” are six words every actor dreams of uttering. Ellen DeGeneres will return as the host to this prestigious and glamorous award show. The red-carpet fashion creates just as many newspaper headlines, if not more, as the award recipients. The Academy Awards tend to award an Oscar to the same recipient that the guild awarded.  For example, statistics show that the Oscar for Best Director will go to the same person who won Best Director at the Directors Guild Awards. This also applies to Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor with the Screen Actors Guild Awards. Although, it seems as if no one knows exactly who votes in the Academy Awards, The Academy, composed of over 600 film and art professionals, elects the winners. The 86th Academy Awards will take place March 2.

It seems that anyone who has the slightest bit of film knowledge can predict the Oscar nominations. However, it would not be the Oscars without some bizarre nods and some snags. Tom Hanks was snubbed of a nod for his performance in Captain Phillips, while the film itself was robbed of a Best Picture nomination as well. The Butler might as well not exist to the Academy, as the film and its actors did not receive any nominations. Saving Mr. Banks only scored one nomination, that being in the Best Original Score category, leaving Emma Thompson and her performance as Mary Poppins and writer PL Travers in the dust. It wouldn’t be the Oscars without the completely out of left field nomination of Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa in the Best Makeup and Hair Styling category. Whether you watch for fashion or to see prestigious actors lose it during acceptance speeches, the Oscars are sure to be an entertaining show.


Please note, these are predictions are from more of a subjective, than objective point of view. It’s the Oscars—is there REALLY an objective way to make predictions?

Best Picture:  Dallas Buyers Club

Best Actor:  Matthew McConaughey, Dallas Buyers Club

Best Actress:  Cate Blachett, Blue Jasmine

Best Supporting Actor:  Michael Fassbender, 12 Years a Slave

Best Supporting Actress:  Jennifer Lawrence, American Hustle

Animated Feature Film:  Frozen

Makeup and Hairstyling:  Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa