The Award Shows of the Pandemic: 15 Televised Ceremonies, Ranked https://t.co/iyk5svGN5D— TVLine.com (@TVLine) April 27, 2021
With the end of awards season, TVLine has ranked 15 of those events from worst to best. They judged them on production and COVID safety protocols. The 15 shows were: Academy Awards, Primetime and Daytime Emmys, Grammys, SAG Awards, Golden Globes, Billboard Music Awards, CMA Awards, NAACP Image Awards, American Music Awards, People's Choice Awards, BET Awards, Kids' Choice Awards, Academy of Country Music Awards and MTV Video Music Awards.
14. Oscars (April 25, 2021)
"Airing more than a year after the pandemic began, the Oscars had ample time to come up with a show that was both COVID-safe and entertaining; with creative risk-takers like Steven Soderbergh on the production team, one would assume the ceremony would feel fresh and engaging as it celebrated a visual medium. Instead, we got three-plus hours of talking. So, so, so much talking. While honoring the beauty of cinema, the Oscars inexplicably eschewed almost all visual aids throughout the show, opting for long-winded, spoken praise of the nominees over actual clips of the films in question. (The entire Best Costume Design category came and went without a single glimpse of the costumes! How?!)
Making it all much worse, the monotonous affair ended not with Best Picture, but the award for Best Actor, a format shake-up seemingly designed to conclude the show with an emotional, posthumous win for Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom actor Chadwick Boseman. But Anthony Hopkins won over Boseman in an upset, Hopkins wasn’t even there to accept the honor, and the whole thing landed with a thud as Joaquin Phoenix joylessly wrapped up the show."
8. Billboard Music Awards (Oct. 14, 2020)
"A middle-of-the-list placement feel right for NBC’s staging of the Billboard Music Awards, which were neither terribly messy nor particularly buzzy. The audience was virtual, the performances (namely En Vogue’s “Free Your Mind”) were excellent, and the overall broadcast was solid — and that’s all we can really ask for in times like these."
1. Grammys (March 14, 2021)
"We’ll be honest: Even when we’re not living through a pandemic, the Grammys give us some award show fatigue, courtesy of their slightly bonkers three-and-a-half-hour (!) runtime. Thus, this year’s socially distant broadcast was not only the award season’s biggest highlight, but also its most pleasant surprise. Anchored by a suave, low-key hosting performance from The Daily Show‘s Trevor Noah, the Grammys were tightly paced and extremely engaging throughout, with strict COVID protocols making way for innovative staging and an outdoor ceremony full of camaraderie. Plus, it gave us Harry Styles in those boas. For that alone, it wins."
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ONTD, Did you watch an award show this season? Which was your favorite?