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Film awards season is here

Unfortunately, deadlines are not responsibilities that disappear when one completes their education. Ever wondered why the end of a calendar year always feels ripe with great-looking new releases at movie theaters? As each year draws to a close, the cast and crew of many of that year’s greatest movies face strict deadlines to submit their films to various judgment panels ahead of the spring awards season.  

Every spring, a number of major ceremonies are held to honor the top cinematic aspects and achievements the previous year had to offer. While the vast majority of these awards are considered a huge honor, recognition from certain of the most prestigious shows can affect the outcome of the recipient’s entire career.

The Academy Awards, or the Oscars, are generally considered the most prestigious event, as the various awards presented are seen by many as the highest honor achievable in the film industry. This is largely due to the fact that winners and nominees are selected by their peers – or others in their same field of the production process. It is for this reason that the Academy Awards are the most televised awards show of the year.

Next to the Oscars, the Golden Globe Awards tend to receive the greatest amount of publicity compared with other film awards ceremonies. The 2017 Golden Globes saw a new record for most wins by a single film, with seven awards for “La La Land.” The film’s writer and director, Damien Chazelle is just 31 years old, and his early career has been hugely motivated by his vision to repopularize the musical as a mainstream style of filmmaking.

Meryl Streep was presented with a lifetime achievement award at the Golden Globes, setting another landmark which was soon made even more memorable by her politically-motivated speech about setting a positive example in the mainstream media.

Donald Glover, Damien Chazelle, and Justin Hurwitz each won multiple awards for Atlanta, La La Land, and La La Land, respectively.   

La La Land was named “Best Picture” by the judgment panels of the Golden Globes (in the “Musical/Comedy” category), the NY Film Critics Society, and the Critics Choice Awards, amongst other less notable ceremonies. Its main competition so far appears to be “Moonlight.” Actor Mahershala Ali has been consistently winning awards for his role in “Moonlight.” On Jan. 24, the Oscar nominations were announced. Sure enough, both La La Land and Moonlight were nominated for best picture. The list of nominees in major categories can be found below, as well as ECHO’s prediction for the winner of each category.


Best Picture: “La La Land”


“Hacksaw Ridge

“Hell or High Water”

“Hidden Figures”

“La La Land”


“Manchester by the Sea”



Animated Feature Film: “Zootopia”
“Kubo and the Two Strings”


“My Life as a Zucchini”

“The Red Turtle”



Actress in a Leading Role: Emma Stone
Isabelle Huppert, “Elle”

Ruth Negga, “Loving”

Natalie Portman, “Jackie”

Emma Stone, “La La Land”

Meryl Streep, “Florence Foster Jenkins”


Actor in a Leading Role: Casey Affleck
Casey Affleck, “Manchester by the Sea”

Andrew Garfield, “Hacksaw Ridge”

Ryan Gosling, “La La Land”

Viggo Mortensen, “Captain Fantastic”

Denzel Washington, “Fences”


Actress in a Supporting Role: Viola Davis
Viola Davis, “Fences”

Naomie Harris, “Moonlight”

Nicole Kidman, “Lion”

Octavia Spencer, “Hidden Figures”

Michelle Williams, “Manchester by the Sea”


Actor in a Supporting Role: Mahershala Ali
Mahershala Ali, “Moonlight”

Jeff Bridges, “Hell or High Water”

Lucas Hedges, “Manchester by the Sea”

Dev Patel, “Lion”

Michael Shannon, “Nocturnal Animals”


Directing: “La La Land”

“Hacksaw Ridge”

“La La Land”

“Manchester by the Sea”



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