Who else gets excited year after year for that special time, between November and March, known as Awards Season? The glitz, the glamour, the inevitable fashion fails, are all part of the magic we viewers get to witness. It is the perfect escapism from the dreary days of winter. If that's seems slightly superficial, well a lot of the times these shows have their finger on the pulse of current events. Monologues, speeches, nominated films, and even fashion serve as ways for people with a platform to communicate about the world at large. Don't worry, there is absolutely no judgement if you are tuning in to see if Angelina has an awkward run-in with Jen. I'm right there with you, eating my overly buttered popcorn in my flannel pajamas.
There's one for everybody--Tony's, Oscars, Golden Globes, Emmy's, Grammy's. MTV , BET, Country Music, ESPN, the list is huge. Whatever you are interested in entertainment wise, is covered. Your age or background doesn't even matter, someone from almost any walk of life will tune in to watch who gets honored from any one of the many shows. I'm not a big sports fan, but I taped and live-watched Caitlyn Jenner accept the Arthur Ashe Courage Award at the ESPYS. I'm guessing I wasn't the only one that tuned in. You don't even have to watch it live, feel free to catch the highlights on almost any news show or entertainment website.
Why do we watch? Surely, some of us are true film buffs, who have seen all of the nominated flicks, and have fully formed opinions on who should win. A good majority of us just love to take a few hours out of our lives and live a bit of lifestyles of the rich and famous, albeit vicariously. I happen to watch it live, but tape it as well. Why? Who know's--maybe in case there's some big "what-the-what" moment and I need an unlimited replay. Actually that happened last year with the whole La La Land/Moonlight debacle. I'd hate to miss even a moment of the action. Shoot, I even watch the halftime show during the super bowl and love the commercials. Do I care about football? No, but I think it's all about having something to contribute to that water cooler talk the next day at work. These shows are watched by millions, and it's good to be up to date on current events, even if they are on the more shallow side of the pool.
I love these shows - I plant my self in front of the tube with a couple snacks for an hour of red carpet interviews, another three hours of the actual show, and maybe some spectacular performances. I want to see very single minute from what everyone is wearing, to who is seated next to who. Remember last year when Ryan Reynolds and Andrew Garfield smooched after they both lost for best actor? It was one of those hilarious, spontaneous instances where I thanked the seating gods for putting those two hams together.
Let's also take a moment for those red carpets! Stunning gowns and men in gorgeous tuxedos walking down that vibrant red rug that seemingly spans miles. Who doesn't get excited to see all that glittery glamor? Any fashionophile is glued to the television waiting to see the who's who of the glitterati strut their stuff in frocks that probably cost more than some mortgages. It is those pre-show moments when you get to see all of the stunning dresses in motion that really gets the blood going. I have a few personal favorites every year that I cannot wait to see float ethereally out of limos--I'm looking at you Nicole Kidman and Cate Blanchet. Sometimes, even better than the fashion highs, are the fashion lows. A dress might not translate on the carpet the way it was intended, or it may just be too much "fashion", i.e. the swan dress that Bjork wore to the Academy Awards. It's definitely something a lot of people have opinions about that they want to share. I remember one time in particular, during high school, where, instead of talking about the curriculum, we talked about the Oscars' red carpet from the night before until the bell rang.
You know what is more fun than watching the show solitary with your Chinese take out? Making it a party and watching it with friends! So drop your eggroll back into its paper container, and maybe plan a small get-together. It's the perfect excuse to dress up and drink a themed cocktail, or two, or three. Why not make it more exciting by placing bets on who's going to come out on top, who's going to make the best slightly annoyed losing face, and who will make the best speech. You can create another easy, fun activity by making scorecards for you and your pals to rate all the fabulous fashion on the red carpet--all you need is some paper, glue, popsicle sticks, and the ability to number your score cards from 1-10. Add some hors d'oeuvres and you've got a fairly easy to throw soiree.