Hollywood: Oscars and Golden Globe season rolls out

The Oscar awards ceremony on February 24 is the high point of Hollywood’s annual awards season. But until then, a number of other milestones will be passed in the entertainment world.

– PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARDS late Wednesday (0200 Thursday): Unlike the Oscars, Emmys or Grammys, candidates and winners are chosen in mass voting by their fans. The winners in 48 cinema, television and music categories are presented in a live broadcast from the Nokia theatre in Los Angeles. This is the 39th year for the awards.

– CRITICS’ CHOICE MOVIE AWARDS on Thursday (0100 Friday):  In the 18th annual awards from the Broadcast Film Critics Association, Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln leads with 13 nominations.

– GOLDEN GLOBE AWARDS on Sunday (after 0100 Monday): The Golden Globes are the most important set of awards after the Oscars for film and the Emmys for television. The small association of Hollywood’s foreign press (HFPA) has been presenting globes since 1944.
Presenters will be Amy Poehler and Tina Fey, of Saturday Night Live comedy fame, and will set the light-hearted tone of these awards.

– PRODUCERS GUILD AWARDS on January 26: The historic drama Lincoln and the political thriller Argo are among the top ten films in the running for the prestigious award from the Producers Guild of America. More than 4,000 producers vote for the top prizes. In many
cases, the same film wins the top PGA and Oscar awards.
– SCREEN ACTORS GUILD AWARDS on January 27: Hollywood’s Screen Actors
Guild has put Lincoln and Les Miserables at the top of their
nominating lists.

– DIRECTORS GUILD AWARDS on February 2: With more than 14,000
members, the directors select a film maker from their own group, Last
year, the French director Michel Hazanavicius (The Artist) took both
the DAG trophy and the Oscar. Since 1948, it was only the sixth time
that a director took both the DAG as well as the Oscar award for best

– WRITERS GUILD AWARDS on February 17: Hollywood’s script writers
give awards in the categories of original script and adapted script.
The prizes are given at ceremonies in New York and Los Angeles. The
WGA trophy also is seen as a good omen for an Oscar award.

– INDEPENDENT SPIRIT AWARDS on February 23: On the day before the
crowning Oscar awards, this group provides an alternative to
well-heeled Hollywood, setting a limit of 20 million dollars in
production costs for a film to be considered. German director Florian
Henckel von Donnersmarck won the Spirit Award in 2007 with The Lives
of Others, and the next day took the Oscar for best foreign film.

– RAZZIE AWARDS on February 23: The Golden Raspberries are the booby
prizes for the worst films. They were launched in 1980 by cinema
professional John Wilson as a counterweight to the glitzy Oscar
awards. Only rarely do any stars attend the ceremony, but Halle Berry
and Sandra Bullock have showed up in the past to accept the
gold-tinted plastic fruit.

– ACADEMY AWARDS (Oscars) on February 24: Hollywood’s oldest and most important film awards will be bestowed for the 85th time by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS). About 6,000 AMPAS members vote for the winners of the Oscar figures.