Stars emerge from this year’s entertainment awards


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The Grammys, Emmys, and Oscars are considered the most prestigious awards for music, television, and film, respectively.

Marlene Orantes, Arts Writer

Award season, with its flashing cameras, red carpets, glamor, and A-List celebrities, has just ended, so here’s the recap! The beginning of a series of well-known award ceremonies starts in September with the Primetime Emmys, which honor TV shows, and continues on to the beginning of the new year in January with the Golden Globes, which go to both TV and film. It continues in February with the Grammys, which honor music, then the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Awards, and last but not least, the Oscars, which are considered the most distinguished awards for film, are held in mid-March. 

These prestigious awards are given out by the academies to show to the world the success and best-made works of art in the entertainment industry. This season, a handful of movies, TV shows, actors, filmmakers, and musicians found themselves at the center of attention. 

The movie, cast, and crew that found the most success this year was “Everything Everywhere All At Once.” This movie was full of Asian representation, and showcased struggles of immigrants and their children. This was by far the most popular and well-rated film out of the rest of the other films that came out in 2022.

“Everything Everywhere All At Once” won seven Oscars out of its 11 nominations, including Best Picture, Best Director for the the “Daniels,” the directing duo behind the movie, both Best Supporting Actor and Actress for Ke Huy Quan and Jamie Lee Curtis respectively, and Best Actress for Michelle Yeoh. 

Though they won numerous awards, there was controversy over whether or not Jamie Lee Curtis deserved the Best Supporting Actress Award more than the film’s breakout star, Stephanie Hsu. Hsu is said to have played a more major role than Curtis in the film, being the daughter of Michelle Yeoh’s protagonist.

Though there was controversy, this movie swept both the Golden Globes and the Oscars, as well as a number of other awards. According to Variety, this movie, “became the most-awarded best picture winner since 2008’s ‘Slumdog Millionaire.'” 

Another accomplished cast and crew this year in TV was ABC’s comedy “Abbott Elementary.” This show is a mockumentary—fictional events presented as a documentary—that illustrates the struggles of Philadelphia’s public school system through the perspectives of Black educators. The show was created and written by a former Buzzfeed actress and writer, Quinta Brunson.

“Abbott Elementary” won almost 20 awards this season, including three Golden Globes, two Critics Choice Awards, one Primetime Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actress, and five NAACP Image Awards. The awards were given for the show’s debut season. It is currently airing its second season, and has also been renewed for an upcoming third season.

Shifting to the music industry, Beyoncé made history on Feb. 5 by having the most Grammy wins ever when she won Best Dance/Electronic Album for her “RENAISSANCE” album, released in summer 2022. Additionally, she was awarded Best R&B Song, Best Traditional R&B Performance, and Best Dance/Electronic Recording. In total, she has won 32 Grammys.

The 2022-23 awards season was a history-making experience for varying groups of people. This season gave hope to everyone, especially minorities, who dream of careers in the entertainment industry. In Ke Huy Quan’s words from his Oscars acceptance speech, “ […] dreams are something you have to believe in.”