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Oscars: Hollywood movies rewarded... again!

By Manon Variol

"Give that man an Oscar!" This demand, asking for the jury to give Leonardo DiCaprio the famous statuette, has been seen all over the Internet for the last few months. This is now done: the one who played Hugh Glass in The Revenant has been named best actor. Brie Larson has received the best actress prize, Alejandro González Iñárritu has been named best director and Spotlight, best picture. You may have heard these names before, not only because of their success. Some of them were already rewarded a few weeks ago, during the Golden Globes ceremony.

2016 winners

  • Spotlight: Oscar for the best picture
  • The Revenant: Golden Globe for the best motion picture - drama
  • Seul sur Mars: Golden Globe for the best motion picture - musical or comedy
  • Leonardo DiCaprio: Oscar for the best actor et Golden Globe for the best actor in a motion picture - drama, for The Revenant
  • Brie Larson: Oscar for the best actress and Golden Globe for the best actress in a motion picture - drama, for Room
  • Matt Damon: Golden Globe for the best actor in a motion picture - musical or comedy, for The Martian
  • Jennifer Lawrence: Golden Globe for the best actress in a motion picture - musical or comedy, for Joy
  • Alejandro González Iñárritu: Oscar and Golden Globe for the best director for The Revenant
  • Inside Out: Oscar and Golden Globe for the best animated movie
The Revenant won several prices during the Golden Globes and the Oscars
The Revenant won several prizes during the Golden Globes and the Oscars

Oscars, Golden Globes: what's the difference? 

What is the point of organizing two different nights to reward Hollywood movies? The main difference between the two ceremonies is how they work. The Oscars are awarded by 6000 cinema professionals, members of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences. Actors, directors, screenwriters and others name artists in their respective fields. They all then submit 5 movies for the best picture award. During the Oscars, there is a glamorous and serious atmosphere, while during the Golden Globes, celebrities have more fun together.

The Golden Globes are awarded by the 90 journalists who are members of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. This ceremony was created in 1944 to promote Hollywood movies in the rest of the world. The members of the association are not from the USA, which can help put non-American productions under the spotlight. The Golden Globes take place a few weeks before the Oscars and are really appreciated by celebrities as the ceremony advertises them and may, as some often suggest, influence the Academy Awards' nominations.

Both ceremonies award similar prizes, such as the prize for best actor/actress in a supporting role, the best music or the best animated movie. There also are some variations. For instance, the Golden Globes choose to separate comedies and dramas for the best movie and the best actor/actress. The Academy Awards reward short-films while the Golden Globes devotes some of the ceremony to TV shows.

Inside Out won the best animated movie price
Inside Out won the best animated movie prize

When ceremony rhymes with controversy

This year, the Oscars dominated the headlines about racism because no one of colour was nominated in any category for the second year in a row. Several stars such as Will Smith and his wife, claimed they would boycott the ceremony the minute the list of nominees was out. Chris Rock, the host for the Oscars, made sure during his opening monologue, that his frustration was felt. He described the Oscars as the “White People’s Choice Awards.” The Academy is composed of 94% white people. Right after this controversy spread, the Academy claimed that their objectives was to bring “a greater cultural diversity among all our nominees in all of our categories” responded the Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs. She also pointed out that by 2020 the mix of jury will be improved to include more women and that more minotories will be represented.

So what about the the Golden Globes? Are they above board? Well not really, in 2011, the awards got noticed due to suspicion of corruption. The ceremony was hosted by Ricky Gervais, and members of the HFPA reported that certain members of the jury may have voted for some nominees in exchange for gifts from the studios. Indeed, the public was surprised by some nominations. The movie The Tourist, for example, was in the “best comedy” list, whereas it flopped with both audience and the media. The main actor Johnny Depp was also nominated twice in that year, for the best actor prize, for his role in The Tourist and in Alice in Wonderland.

Si in a nut shell, although the Golden Globes make the front page of most newspapers, they are considered as a door opener to the Oscars, the most watched ceremony in the United States and symbol of Hollywood glamour.

The Academy Awards 2009 red carpet
The Academy Awards 2009 red carpet


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