Best (and Worst) of Awards Season: Ryan Seacrest's Awkward Segue, Tonya Harding's Image Rehab

6:15 AM 3/2/2018

by Seth Abramovitch

No, it's not all glamour and inspirational speeches as THR salutes the dubious achievements, shameless stunts and outright embarrassments of the months-long slog to Oscar night.

Best (and Worst) of Awards Season- 4 split-Main-H 2018
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  • L.A.'s Only Intentionally Two-Dimensional 'It' Girl

    The life-size cardboard proxy of Agnes Varda, co-director of Faces Places, at the Oscar Nominees Luncheon.

  • Viral Star

    H3N2, the dangerous flu that felled everyone from Octavia Spencer to Sam Rockwell to Nicole Kidman on the campaign trail.

  • The Jacob Tremblay Award for Most Nights out at Parties by a Child Under 10

    Brooklynn Prince, The Florida Project, (with Tremblay).

  • Didn't Get the Memo Award

    Actress Blanca Blanco at the all-black Golden Globes.

  • Food Lust Award

    Call Me by Your Name’s Peach

    Runner-Up: Phantom Thread's Mushrooms

    Second Runner-Up: The Boss Baby's Cookies

  • Achievement in Awkward E! Segues

    Ryan Seacrest, asking activist Monica Ramirez, who fights sexual violence against Latina farmworkers, “Are you excited to see the Golden Globes?”

  • Least Effective Politicking by an Actual Politician

    Al Gore for An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power

  • Golden Goose Egg Award

    Gal Gadot and Patty Jenkins, who got zero Oscar noms despite hitting every stop on the circuit.

  • Best Awards Movie-Inspired Sex Toy

    The Shape of Water dildo sold-out on Etsy.

  • Best Use of Awards Season as Image Rehab

    Tonya Harding (left, with Margot Robbie)

  • Worst Use of Awards Season as Image Rehab

    Tonya Harding’s mother

  • Most Likely to Thank Anthony Rapp in His Oscar Acceptance Speech

    Christopher Plummer

  • I’d Like to Thank My Publicist Award

    Alison Brie’s painstakingly worded SAG Awards statement about allegations of sexual misconduct leveled against brother-in-law James Franco.

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    This story first appeared in the Feb. 28 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.