2011 awards season: a recap

This year’s award season will draw to a close with the Oscars on Sunday, Feb. 27. Throughout this season, the winners have stood proud, while some have been shocked by the results. The Grammys this year was no exception.

The most shocking of the results was that the seemingly unstoppable force of tween idol Justin Bieber did not achieve the covetous Best New Artist award.

He lost to a new jazz artist, Esperanza Spalding, who has played at the Peace Prize Ceremony.

Another surprising win was the Album of the Year going to Arcade Fire for “The Suburbs.” The band beat out hopefuls such as Eminem’s “Recovery” and Lady Gaga’s “The Fame Monster.”

Unsurprising were Lady Antebellum’s wins in six different categories, including Song of the Year and Record of the Year.

Lady Gaga took home Best Female Pop Vocals, Best Pop Vocal record, and Best Music Video (Short Form) for “Bad Romance.”

Cee-Lo Green won Best Urban/Alternative Performance for F*** You and Eminem won Best Rap Solo Performance.

The SAG Awards are taken as major hints for how the Oscars will play out. Best Actor went to “The King’s Speech” for the performance given by Colin Firth, while Natalie Portman won Best Actress in “Black Swan.”

The movie “The Fighter” claimed both Best Supporting Actor and Actress. The TV show “Boardwalk Empire” won Best Dramatic Actor and Best Ensemble in a Drama.

Best Actress in a Comedy went to Betty White in “Hot in Cleveland” and “Modern Family” won Best Ensemble in a Comedy. “Glee” and “The Big Bang Theory” surprisingly did not win anything.

Usher and Justin Bieber also perform a duet at the Grammy's. Courtesy of Google Images.

The Golden Globes is another useful way to predict the Oscar wins. Some of the Golden Globe winners were winners at the SAG Awards, too, yet others managed to squeeze their own victories.

“The King’s Speech” took home Best Dramatic Actor and “Black Swan” won another Best Dramatic Actress. “The Social Network” swept the board with four wins including Best Motion Picture.

“The Kids are All Right” won Best Comedy and Best Comedic Actress. “The Fighter” again took the two Best Supporting Awards and “Toy Story 3” won Best Animated.

In the realm of television, “Boardwalk Empire” took home two notable wins in Best Dramatic Series and Best Dramatic Actor.

“Glee” made itself known as it took Best Comedy/Musical Series and Both Supporting Actors for Jane Lynch and Chris Colfer.

The Big Bang Theory’s Jim Parsons won Best Comedic Actor for Dr. Sheldon Cooper and Robert DiNero won the Lifetime Achievement Award.

The Golden Globes were most notable this year though for the host, Ricky Gervais, and his somewhat biting humor that many of the actors and critics took offensively. Halfway through the special, they began cutting more of his airtime to deter any more snide remarks.

The Oscars are sure to cause a stir this year. Who will win Best Picture? “The Social Network” or “The King’s Speech”?

Will Collin Firth and Natalie Portman keep their reigns on Best Actor? Will “The Social Network” make a clean sweep or will there be an unexpected victory from “127 Hours” or “True Grit”?

The fashions on the red carpet and the stars who will parade in them promise new splendors. And Helena Bonham Carter has promised a fashion scandal when she appears that everyone will remember. Whatever happens, it will definitely be interesting.

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