January Industry Wrap

Posted on: Jan 29, 2024

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By Steffanie Jensen

Welcome to our 2024 monthly wrap-up of the latest industry happenings! In January, several key events and announcements took the entertainment world by storm. Here’s a rundown of the most significant takeaways from the month:

THR Acting Roundtables

The Hollywood Reporter’s Acting Roundtables brought together some of the industry’s most talented actors for insightful discussions on their craft and the industry at large. These roundtables provide an opportunity for actors to share their experiences, challenges and insights into the world of acting.

The discussions cover a wide range of topics, from the creative process to the evolving landscape of the entertainment industry.

This series offers valuable knowledge and perspectives for aspiring actors, industry professionals and enthusiasts alike. This year’s Actor’s Roundtable was held at The Georgian Hotel in Santa Monica with: Robert Downey Jr. (Oppenheimer), Mark Ruffalo (Poor Things), Jeffrey Wright (American Fiction), Paul Giamatti (The Holdovers), Colman Domingo (Rustin) and Andrew Scott (All of Us Strangers).

Learn more about: THR Actor Roundtable

Golden Globes Winners

As one of the most prestigious awards shows in the industry, the Golden Globes celebrates excellence in both film and television. 2024 marks the first year that the Emmys are not backed by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA). The HFPA, responsible for the Golden Globe Awards, faced significant controversy and backlash over issues of diversity, transparency and ethics over the years.

January’s big winners were Succession, The Bear, Poor Things and Oppenheimer. These accolades not only honor the exceptional talent in the industry but also provide insights into the current trends and noteworthy productions that captivated audiences around the world.

Learn more about the winners: Golden Globe Winners

Emmy Winners

The Emmy Awards, traditionally held in September, have undergone significant changes in recent years. The shift to a January ceremony in 2024 was prompted by the ongoing strikes that rocked the industry the previous year.

The strikes, characterized by record-breaking participation from industry professionals, impacted television production schedules and led to the rescheduling of the Emmys to accommodate the industry’s recovery.The move to January, specifically on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, demonstrates an effort to adapt to the changing landscape and provide a platform for honoring outstanding television content while acknowledging the challenges faced by the industry.

The change in the Emmys’ affiliation reflects a larger industry-wide shift towards greater accountability and representation. It serves as a response to the demand for more inclusive recognition and highlights the industry’s commitment to addressing the systemic challenges that have long plagued awards shows and the entertainment industry as a whole.

These developments signify the evolving nature of award ceremonies as they adapt to the changing cultural, social and industrial landscapes of the entertainment world. The night’s big winners were SuccessionBEEF and The Bear.

Learn more about the Emmy winners: Emmy Winners

SXSW Lineup

Each year, the South by Southwest (SXSW) festival in Austin, TX showcases emerging talents and the latest innovations in film, music, and technology. The unveiling of the SXSW Film lineup in January generated excitement among industry professionals and film enthusiasts.

The lineup includes a diverse range of captivating films that explore unique narratives, showcase breakthrough performances and push the boundaries of storytelling. SXSW offers a platform for discovery and sets the stage for emerging voices in the industry.

Learn more about the SXSW lineup: SXSW Film Lineup

Cruise’s New Deal with Warner Bros.

The recent announcement of Tom Cruise’s new deal with Warner Bros. sent ripples of excitement across the industry. The agreement outlines a collaboration between Cruise’s production company and the studio to produce and distribute future films.

This partnership brings together one of the industry’s most iconic actors with a major studio, potentially paving the way for innovative storytelling and blockbuster productions. The deal also highlights the ongoing evolution of film production and distribution strategies in response to changing audience preferences.

Learn more about Cruise’s new deal: Tom Cruise’s Deal with Warner Bros.

Oscars Nominations and Controversies

January marked the announcement of nominations for the esteemed Academy Awards, also known as the Oscars. The nominations recognize exceptional achievements in filmmaking, acting and production across various categories. Christopher Nolan’s biopic Oppenheimer leads with 13 nominations, followed by 11 nominations for Yorgos Lanthimos’ Poor Things and 10 nominations for Martin Scorsese’s Killers of The Flower Moon.

This year’s Oscars also faced backlash, particularly over the perceived snubs of Greta Gerwig’s billion-dollar blockbuster Barbie. Despite its massive success, the film failed to secure nominations in major categories such as Best Director and Best Actress, causing disappointment among fans and sparking discussions about the industry’s biases and lack of recognition for female-led narratives.

These nominations and controversies highlight both the excellence within the industry and the ongoing challenges it faces in terms of representation and recognition. The upcoming Academy Awards promise an exciting showcase of talent and storytelling, with discussions about these films and their impact on the industry sure to continue until the winners are announced.

Learn more about Oscar nominations: Oscar Nominations

Stay tuned for more updates and insights.

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