Highlights of the end of the 2018/19 Awards Season

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Highlights of the end of the 2018/19 Awards Season

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Drue Cappawana, Opinion Editor

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The 2018-2019 Awards Season has concluded. The Awards Season began in September of 2018, with the Emmy Awards, where the top television shows are recognized across numerous categories, including Outstanding Drama Series (which HBO’s Game of Thrones won) and Outstanding Comedy Series (which Amazon Prime Video’s The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel won). February has been a heavy end to the Awards Season, as both the Grammy Awards and the Academy Awards, the latter of which was the final awards show in 2019, are typically held during this month. As always, the Awards Season contains a lot of controversy among the celebration. That trend remained true, especially at the Grammy’s and the Academy Awards. Below are some of the highlights from the Grammy Awards and the Academy Awards:

1. Cardi B wins Best Rap Album for Invasion of Privacy:

Cardi B burst onto the rap scene in 2018 with the release of her first album Invasion of Privacy in April. Cardi B had previously released two mixtapes and a massively successful single, entitled “Bodak Yellow.” The album debuted at Number One on the Billboard Top 100 and became the most streamed album by a female artist on Apple Music in one week. Nonetheless, Cardi B’s win in this category drew a lot of controversy from some hip-hop fans, particularly because she beat out Travis Scott’s album Astroworld and the late Mac Miller’s album Swimming. The latter album’s loss prompted explicit responses from singer Ariana Grande, who expressed her disdain for the loss in now-deleted tweets, none of which were directed at Cardi B herself. Ultimately, the backlash Cardi B received for her album win, however deserving it was, resulted in the deactivation of her Instagram account (since then it has been reactivated).

2. Ariana Grande’s Sweetener wins Best Pop Vocal Album:

Ariana Grande’s first Grammy win was for her fourth album, Sweetener. The album featured two successful singles, “no tears left to cry” and “God is a woman.” The Grammy win came just two days after the release of her fifth studio album, thank u, next and came after friction with the producer of the Grammy’s over her scheduled performance which led to her skipping the ceremony.

3. Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper capture Best Pop Duo/Group Performance with “Shallow” from their film A Star is Born:

Although the movie A Star is Born, in which pop star Lady Gaga and actor Bradley Cooper were the lead roles, did not win a single Academy Award on Sunday, a single off the accompanying soundtrack “Shallow” won the award for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance. Alongside the win, Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper performed an emotional live version of the single, the end of which birthed a plethora of memes across social media.

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4. Kacey Musgraves wins Album of the Year for Golden Hour:

The award everyone waits for, Album of the Year, went to country star Kacey Musgraves. Her fourth studio album Golden Hour won all four categories for which it was nominated, most notably Album of the Year. Those four wins brought Musgraves’ total Grammy win count to six, after three years without a single nomination. The country album beat out albums like Dirty Computer from Janelle Monae and Scorpion from Drake.

5. Rami Malek wins Best Actor in a Leading Role for his portrayal of Freddie Mercury in Bohemian Rhapsody:

Moving to the Academy Awards, Rami Malek won the single category for which he was nominated for his role in Bohemian Rhapsody, a biopic on the life of the late lead singer of rock band Queen, Freddie Mercury. The highlight (or, lowlight) of this win may have been right after Malek accepted the award, when he fell off the stage, resulting in attention from on-site paramedics.

6. Olivia Colman wins Best Actress in a Leading Role for her role in The Favourite:

The most controversial win of the night may have been Olivia Colman’s win for The Favourite. Nominated with her was actress Glenn Close, who has the most Grammy nominations without a win with seven nominations. Close was nominated for her role in The Wife, and was expected to win the nomination, even by Olivia Colman herself, who said in her acceptance speech “…you’ve been my idol for so long and this is not how I expected it to be,” insinuating that even she expected to lose the nomination to Close.

7. Roma wins three Academy Awards:

Roma, now streaming on Netflix, was an autobiographical film about its director, Alfonso Cuarón, growing up in a middle-class family during the 1970s in Mexico City’s Colonia Roma district. The film takes place during the Mexican Dirty War, and much of the plot surrounds life during the violent protests within the city.

8. The Best Picture Award goes to Green Book:

The marquee award of the Academy Awards went to a biography of pianist Don Shirley and his bodyguard, Tony Vallelonga, particularly Shirley’s tour of the Deep South as a black man in 1962. The film received mostly positive ratings, as Rotten Tomatoes critiqued the film stating “Green Book takes audiences on a surprisingly smooth ride through potentially bumpy subject matter…” However, the family of Don Shirley claimed they were not approached by the producers until after film development and that the film misrepresented much of his relationship with his family and even Tony Vallelonga himself. After its win, many people on social media, particularly Twitter, were critical of the film, claiming it made light of and reduces the struggle of the black experience in southern America during the Civil Rights Movement. The response prompted tweets joking about the blandness of the message, including this from Alex Seitz-Wald on Twitter: