Nearly 33 million people watched the 89th Academy Awards telecast on ABC, hosted by Jimmy Kimmel on Feb. 26, 2017. That was a slight dip from the year prior, but still a staggering number in today’s fractured world of entertainment fare, where streaming services and cord cutters are changing the game.

This year’s Oscars show – March 4, with Kimmel in line to host again – is expected to attract another mega-audience for ABC, whose broadcast will mark the end of the two-month movie awards season in the undisputed capital of the U.S. movie industry. Many in the entertainment industry will also take interest in the whole parade of awards ceremonies, assessing each as entertainment franchises in their own right. Some are televised and bring in big bucks for broadcast rights sold to broadcasters out for a haul of their own on sales of advertising time. Some are hot tickets, others more accessible. All of them fill seats, and hotel rooms and restaurants with business.

The season kicked off with the Golden Globe Awards, this year presented on Jan.7 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, and runs through the Academy Awards. Some awards shows also include television, but this is overwhelmingly considered to be movie season. Micronomics Inc. in downtown Los Angeles pegged the economic benefit of the 2014 Academy Awards – its most recent study – at $67 million in total spending. That’s why the Business Journal skips the typical Oscars’ handicapping to offer this overview of the business behind the major awards shows, which combine to bring millions more to the etertainment industry’s home economy.

Figures are gathered from a variety of trade, news and ratings sources.

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Oprah Winfrey at the Golden Globes

75th GOLDEN GLOBE AWARDS

Sunday, Jan. 7

PRESENTED BY: Hollywood Foreign Press Association

VENUE: Beverly International Ballroom, Hilton Hotel

CAPACITY: About 1,280 seats

TELECAST: Produced by Dick Clark Productions in association with HFPA. Broadcast live on Comcast Corp.-owned NBC, which pays $21 million per year to license the show.

VIEWERS: 19 million

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Elisabeth Moss at the Critics Choice Awards

23rd CRITICS CHOICE AWARDS

Thursday, Jan. 11

PRESENTED BY: The Broadcast Film Critics Association and Broadcast Television Journalists Association

VENUE: Barker Hangar, Santa Monica Airport

CAPACITY: 1,500 seats

TELECAST: Produced by Bob Bain Productions and Berlin Entertainment; broadcast live on CW Network, a joint venture of CBS and Warner Bros.

VIEWERS: 1.27 million

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Kerry Washington, Tracee Ellis Ross, Lena Waithe, Jurnee Smollett-Bell, Angela Robinson, and Laverne Cox at the 49th NAACP Image Awards.

49th NAACP IMAGE AWARDS

Monday, Jan. 15

PRESENTED BY: National Association for the Advancement of Colored People

VENUE: Pasadena Civic Auditorium

CAPACITY: 2,997 seats

TELECAST: Produced by Gurin Co., Hudlin Entertainment; broadcast live on TV One cable network

VIEWERS: 6.1 million

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Producers Guild of America Awards

Producers Guild Awards

Saturday, Jan. 20

VENUE: Beverly Hilton

TELECAST: None

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Screen Actors Guild Awards

25th SCREEN ACTORS GUILD AWARDS

Sunday, Jan 21

PRESENTED BY: SAG-AFTRA with Screen Actors Guild Awards

VENUE: Shrine Exhibition Center, Expo Hall

CAPACITY: 1,500-2,200 seating

TELECAST: Produced by Avalon Harbor Entertainment Inc. Simulcast live on TNT and TBS, Turner Broadcasting System, Warner Bros., plus international broadcast territories.

VIEWERS: 2.7 million

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ACE Eddie Award

68th EDDIE AWARDS

Friday, Jan. 26

PRESENTED BY: American Cinema Editors

VENUE: Beverly Hilton Hotel

CAPACITY: ACE reports more than 1,000 attendees

TELECAST: None

22nd ADG AWARDS

Saturday, Jan 27

PRESENTED BY: Art Directors Guild/IATSE Local 800

VENUE: Ray Dolby Ballroom, Loews Hollywood Hotel, Hollywood & Highland

CAPACITY: 2,000 seats

TELECAST: None

70th DGA AWARDS

Saturday, Feb. 3

PRESENTED BY: Directors Guild of America

VENUE: Beverly Hilton Hotel

TELECAST: None

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Kobe Bryant at the Annie Awards

45th ANNIE AWARDS

Saturday, Feb. 3

PRESENTED BY: ASIFA-Hollywood, nonprofit branch member of Association Internationale du Film d’Animation, for achievement in animation.

VENUE: UCLA Royce Hall

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Writers Guild Awards

CAPACITY: 1,800 seats

TELECAST: None; livestreamed on Annie Awards website

WRITERS GUILD AWARDS

Sunday, Feb. 11

PRESENTED BY: Writers Guild of America

VENUE: Beverly Hilton Hotel

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Visual Effects Awards

TELECAST: None

VISUAL EFFECTS AWARDS

Tuesday, Feb. 13

PRESENTED BY: Visual Effects Society

VENUE: Beverly Hilton Hotel

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Cinema Audio Society Awards

TELECAST: None

54th CAS AWARDS

Saturday, Feb. 24

PRESENTED BY: Cinema Audio Society

VENUE: Omni Los Angeles Hotel, Bunker Hill Ballroom

CAPACITY: 300-400 people

TELECAST: None

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Colin Firth at the Independent Spirit Awards

FILM INDEPENDENT SPIRIT AWARDS

Saturday, March 3

PRESENTED BY: Film Independent, nonprofit arts organization

VENUE: Beachfront tent near Santa Monica Pier

CAPACITY: N/A

TELECAST: Produced by Tenth Planet Productions. Broadcast live on IFC cable channel, owned by AMC Networks

VIEWERS: 128,000

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Dolby Theater

90th ACADEMY AWARDS

Sunday, March 4

PRESENTED BY: Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

VENUE: Dolby Theatre at the Hollywood & Highland Center

CAPACITY: 3,400 seats

TELECAST: Produced by AMPAS. Cost: about $22 million of a total $44 million AMPAS spent on all Oscar-related activities in 2017. Broadcast live on Disney-owned ABC, which pays approximately $75 million annually to broadcast the awards show. Also broadcast in more than 200 countries and territories worldwide.

VIEWERS: 32.9 million in 2017

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