From the BAFTAs, the Globes, the SAG Awards to the AAFCAs, it’s the season of splurges and speeches

Each year between November and March, Hollywood becomes host to a majority of significant film awards as numerous guilds and critics’ associations heap accolades on movies which have moved them in the past year.  With two more major awards that include the Oscars and Image Awards left to dole out, Trendy’s Samantha Ofole-Prince shares the scorecard on who’s snagged which statuettes all through awards season. 

Danielle Brooks

Christopher Nolan’s “Oppenheimer” has dominated awards season. The biopic, which stars Cillian Murphy and Robert Downey Jr. about J. Robert Oppenheimer, the father of the atomic bomb, has struck a chord with audiences receiving more accolades than any other movie this season. Some of the categories it has won include Best Director, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor, Best Ensemble, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Cinematography, Best Production Design, Best Costume Design, Best Sound Design and Best Visual Effects.  The film, which was also nominated for 13 Oscars, will most likely receive multiple accolades at the event on March 10th. 

The Emma Stone starrer “Poor Things” which follows close behind with 11 Oscar nominations hasn’t done too badly either this awards season. The film which follows a young woman in Victorian London who embarks on an odyssey of self-discovery earned Stone a Critics’ Choice Movie Award for Best Actress, a Golden Globe and a BAFTA (British Academy of Film and Television Arts). Other awards it has received include a BAFTA Award for Best Makeup and Hair, Best Production Design, Best Special Visual Effects, Costume Designers Guild Award for Best Costume Design, two Golden Globe Awards and an AAFCA Award (African American Film Critics Association) plus an AFI (American Film Institute) nod for Best Film. 

Other notable winners include the colorful ensemble “Barbie,” which won a Golden Globe for Cinematic and Box Office Achievement, a People Choice Award for Comedic Movie and a Best Actor accolade for its star Ryan Gosling who plays Ken.   

There are also Trendy’s top favorite films of 2023 “The Holdovers,” “Killers of the Flower Moon” and “American Fiction” which have all earned multiple accolades for its cast and crew.

A period flick set in 1970, “The Holdovers” stars Paul Giamatti, Da’Vine Joy Randolph and Dominic Sessa as three characters forced to spend Christmas together at an elite boys’ prep school.   The film has already earned Da’Vine Joy Randolph, who plays a school cafeteria manager whose son was killed in the Vietnam War, 7 awards that include a Critics’ Choice, an AAFCA, a BAFTA and an Independent Spirit Award.

“Killers of the Flower Moon” Martin Scorcese’s three-and-a-half-hour film about an Indian tribe manipulated and murdered for their wealth in the early 20th century has earned Lily Gladstone a Golden Globe and most recently a SAG Award and Trendy’s Best Film of 2023, “American Fiction,” a gem which shines a thoughtful light on race and identity, earned its star Jeffrey Wright a well-deserved SAG award, an AAFCA and BFCC (Black Film Critics Circle) and co-star Sterling K. Brown a Supporting Actor nod.

Colman Domingo – Courtesy of AMPAS

For the haunting drama about love, grief and racism, “Origin” director Ava DuVernay received an AAFCA for Best Director, Best Drama and the film’s star Aunjanue Ellis received a Best Actress nod.

“The Color Purple” also scored multiple honors and nabbed a spot on AAFCA’s list of top ten films of the year and a Best Supporting Actress nod for Danielle Brooks.

Now the countdown begins to the Oscars, one of the most-watched live entertainment events of the year, which will be held on March 10th and the 55th NAACP Image Awards which will be broadcast live on Saturday, March 16.  Colman Domingo (“Rustin,” “The Color Purple”) leads the NAACP nominations across the motion picture categories and Ayo Edebiri, who received a SAG Award and Critics Choice Award, has the most nominations in the television and streaming categories with two for “Abbott Elementary” and “The Bear.”

Samantha Ofole-Prince is a journalist and movie critic who covers industry-specific news that includes television and film.

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