Going for the gold – Surprises and excitement this award show season


Katie Owens & Owen Karoscik, A&E Editor & A&E Assistant Editor

February brings the two big award shows of the year: the Grammy Awards and the Academy Awards.

This is the second year since the Academy has instituted the new voting system for Best Picture. All Academy members list in order their ten picks of the year. All movies with five percent of first place votes get nominated. The maximum number of nominees is ten; it has been nine the first two years. Under this new system, a wide range of films has turned up in the main category. “Amour” is the first movie in twelve years to be nominated for both Best Picture and Best Foreign Language Film.

Other ground breakers this year are Quvenzhane Wallis and Emmanuelle Riva, the youngest and oldest nominees in Oscar history, at 9 and 85 years old, respectively.

In the music world, nominees are a mix between the literal fun of Fun., the folk sounds behind acts like Mumford and Sons, and everything in between.

Viewers this year will be entertained with performances by Ed Sheeran and Elton John, The Lumineers, Carrie Underwood, Jack White, and more.

The editorial staff here at The Wood Word have selected who we would like to win in the biggest three categories of each show. Our picks are bolded on the right. Tune in to the shows to see how our staff did and if your favorites take home any awards.