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All The Buzz About Awards Season

While summer is great and winter can be a lot of fun, for many the best season of the year is Awards Season. Each year, fans of the entertainment industry eagerly await the announcements of nominees and the celebrations of award winners in creative fields like film, television, music, and theater. While this excitement usually peaks in January or February, COVID-related shutdowns and slowdowns across the entertainment industry have delayed the process and March is beginning to see a bit more of this year’s award show buzz. 

With the Golden Globes having just taken place, the Grammys airing later this month, and Oscar nominations being announced shortly after that, this is the perfect time to take a closer look at awards season and see what lessons we can learn from it as educators and as team members.

For Educators

Oftentimes film and other media can be used to make real-world events more relatable. Historical fiction, documentaries, and period pieces can all elicit emotions and connections to historical information that can be harder to achieve through other teaching methods. These pieces can be really effective educational tools. Many of the Golden Globe best picture nominated films highlight and feature significant historical moments. “Nomadland” (drama winner) illustrates life in the American west following the Great Recession, “The Trial of the Chicago 7” (drama nominee) depicts real stories of protest surrounding the Vietnam War, “Minari” (foreign language winner) shows the American Dream of the 1980’s through the lens of a South Korean immigrant family, and “Hamilton” (musical/comedy nominee) depicts stories of the founding fathers surrounding the American Revolution. This selection of award-worthy films combine storytelling and entertainment with history and education in a way that helps make the leadership lessons of our country’s history come to life for viewers. If you’re looking for an engaging way to teach about historical leadership in your classroom, perhaps incorporating a movie will help the information stick for your students.

For Teams

Major award shows like the Oscars and Emmys are often criticized for the lack of diversity in their nominees. When nominations are announced, people often check them for representation in terms of race, gender, and other identities. More often than not, many seem to be disappointed by the lack of diversity they find, but this year shows some promising results. The Golden Globes were the first to announce nominations this year, and their Best Director category had a record number of female nominees. Although three female directors out of five may not seem like a huge deal, it’s much more impressive when considering that previously only seven female directors have ever been nominated in the show’s 78 year history. Furthermore, Chloe Zhao went on to win the category and become the second female to ever win the Golden Globe for best director. This accomplishment is especially significant to highlight right now during Women’s History Month. March has been celebrated as Women’s History Month in America since 1987, when it was expanded from Women’s History Week. During this important month, we are reminded to reflect on the contributions of women historically, the experiences of women today, and the aspirations for gender equality moving forward. If we take this month to reflect not just on a global or national level but also on a personal and organizational level, we can make intentional decisions to create the kind of teams that we want to be a part of and that better serve all of our team members.

Awards Season can be a fun time to grab a bowl of popcorn and get lost in the world of entertainment, but if you pull back the curtain and take a closer look you might just find that there are actually plenty of leadership lessons to consider. The world around us is filled with examples of leadership, and entertainment media is no exception. Whether it’s looking at the content and themes of the media that was created in the last year or taking a critical look at the diversity in the people who were involved in the process, awards season provides lots to think about and to talk about within your class or your team.


3/15/2021 update: Since this blog was first posted on March 1st, the Grammys have aired and the Oscar nominations have been announced. In both cases, the trend of record-breaking female representation was continued.The Grammys saw Beyoncé become the most-winning female artist (and the most-winning singer of any gender) with an impressive 28 Grammy wins. The following morning, the Oscars announced that two women (Chloe Zhao and Emerald Fennell) were nominated for best director for the first time in the show’s 93-year history. Zhao also marked the first time a non-white woman has been nominated for the award.

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