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Awards season is upon us.

It all starts off with the Gotham Awards, which take place in November, but it’s January when it really gets turned up. Now’s the time when people start speculating about who’ll be nominated. It’s also the time when Hollywood agents start lobbying to get their clients noticed and prepared for the hugest moments of their careers.

November is only a week or so old, and people are already saying one award-winning actress is trying to get an unfair advantage by having her super powerful and very well-connected husband pull some strings to make sure she gets the Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress.

With a scandal aside, there are a bunch of reasons why you should be excited for awards season this year.

Check out some of our reasons below.

1. Diversity! This year, awards season will be filled with a few more black and Hispanic faces. 2013 saw Hollywood embrace diversity like never before and after a year with almost no black faces, this awards season SHOULD look a lot more colorful with films like 12 Years A Slave on deck to win big.

2. Kerry Washington’s Baby Bump! Kerry will likely get a Golden Globe nomination for her role as Olivia Pope in Scandal. Even if she doesn’t get the nod, chances are she’ll be out there to promote her show. We’ll get to see that baby bump nice and stylish on the red carpets.

3. The showdown between Orange Is The New Black and GIRLS. In a move that shocked a lot of people, and caused a bit of a controversy, Netflix hit show OITNB decided it would try its hand in the Best Comedy category, rather than Best Drama. This sets the stage for last year’s Golden Globe darling Lena Dunham vs. this year’s darling Taylor Schilling. Hard to choose right? We know!

4. The launch of the next generation of great actresses of color. Naomie Harris and Lupita Nyong’o might not be household names now, but after January, a lot more people will know their names. Naomie plays Winnie Mandela in the highly anticipated biopic Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom. Then there is Lupita, who is the early favorite to walk away with the Best Supporting Actress award for her role in 12 Years A Slave. 

5. Four Black actors might be nominated for the Best Actor Oscar, according to That won’t only be interesting, that would be historic! While it might not happen, the fact that people are talking about it at all is downright amazing.

6. Leonardo DiCaprio hasn’t won an Oscar yet, and while 12 Years A Slave actor Chiwetel Ejiofor is the favorite, you can always count on the Oscars to do something out of the box and just give Leo his first award!

Stay tuned…

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