Awards season for dummies

I want to thank me

Hi friends! I missed you last week, but believe it or not, I actually listened to my own advice and took a mental health day. If you need it, this is your reminder to take one!

SOTD (Song Of The Day): In the spirit of awards season and today’s topic, we’re traveling back in time to 2010, blasting “All I Do Is Win” in our graphic tees and peplum tops.


And the Award Goes to…

IMHO we all deserve an Oscar for smiling and nodding on calls when we literally have zero clue what’s going on, but that’s a topic for a different day... 

In the spirit of me never being able to let anything go, after this year’s Oscar noms, I went down a rabbit hole to learn who’s in charge of calling the shots when it comes to crowning the winners.

Academy Awards/Oscars: The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has over 10,000 members across 17 different branches who select nominees for each award category. 

Members are only allowed to select nominees for their specific branch (i.e. actors select in the acting categories, directors select for Best Director).

All members (regardless of branch) can cast a vote for Best Picture by ranking 5-10 nominees. If a selection gets a certain amount of first-place votes, it becomes a nominee. 

Once nominees are chosen, all voting members can cast their ballots for winners in any category.

Emmys: The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences is made up of over 20,000 members separated into “peer groups” depending on their expertise. 

Once applications are in, the members choose nominees by voting for those that “exemplify excellence.”

Before choosing winners, voters must watch episodes of the nominated selections, chosen by the shows’ producers.

Votes are cast online with a verification process to make sure voters have actually watched what they’re rooting for. 

Grammys: Only about 12,000 out of 21,000 members of The Recording Academy are allowed to vote.

A member can become a voter if they’re 1) in good financial standing with the Academy and 2) endorsed by at least two Recording Academy voters.

Before nominations, 350 experts from various genres determine the eligibility of a submission, including category placement.

For both nominations and final voting, voting members can vote for up to 15 categories in their speciality fields, yet all can vote for Record of the Year, Album of the Year, Song of the Year, and Best New Artist.

WorkDaze’s Favorite Award Show Moments

The cringe, the drama, the surprises…we’re here for it all!! Check out a few of our favorite moments from over the years. And reply to this email and let us know your faves, too!

2005 MTV Movie Awards: The Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams kiss

If you’re a bird, I’m a bird.

2013 Golden Globes: Jodie Foster comes out to the public while accepting her award

We stan!

2013 Oscars: Jennifer Lawrence winning Best Actress and then tripping up the stairs 

Stars…they’re just like us!

2024 Emmys: Niecy Nash-Betts thanking herself, Quinta Brunson winning Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series, and Ayo Edebiri winning Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Comedy Series

“I want to thank me.”

Got a Q for me to A? Submit yours here.

Things to send in the group chat…

…after you cried watching a dog TikTok.

One of the first “memes” created supposedly dates all the way back to 1920?? Not me imagining our great-grandparents sending memes back and forth via carrier pigeon…

You will be remembered for the way that you are, not the way that you look.” Josie Balka is a new Instagram favorite who writes and reads poems that make you laugh, cry, and feel all the feels.

Dirty martini dip. Two of my favorite things in one?? Say less. 🍸

That’s all for today! Remember, you only have two more sleeps until Friday; you got this! See you back here next week. 🙂 


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