Events in Film & Television in 2015

Film and TV Awards

Jan 7 41st People's Choice Awards: Robert Downey & Jennifer Lawrence win (movie star), Patrick Dempsey, Ellen Pomero (TV dramatic)

  • Jan 13 TV comedy "Schitt's Creek" created by and starring Eugene Levy and Dan Levy premieres on CBC in Canada
  • Jan 15 20th Critics' Choice Movie Awards: Boyhood wins Best Film
  • Jan 25 Miss Colombia Paulina Vega is crowned Miss Universe 2014
  • Feb 1 31st Sundance Film Festival: "Me and Earl and the Dying Girl" wins Grand Jury Prize Dramatic
  • Feb 5 65th Berlin International Film Festival: "Taxi" wins the Golden Bear
  • Feb 6 46th NAACP Image Awards: "Selma" wins Outstanding Motion Picture

BAFTA Awards

Feb 8 68th British Academy Film Awards (BAFTAs): "Boyhood" Best Film, Richard Linklater Best Director

Film & TV History

Feb 10 Comedian Jon Stewart announces he will be leaving "The Daily Show" at the end of the year

Film & TV History

Feb 20 Kristen Stewart is the first American actress to win a French César Award as Best Supporting Actress for "Clouds of Sils Maria"

  • Feb 21 35th Golden Raspberry Awards: "Saving Christmas" wins worst film

Academy Awards

Feb 22 87th Academy Awards: "Birdman" Best Film and Director (Alejandro González Iñárritu), Eddie Redmayne and Julianne Moore - Best Actor and Actress

Film & TV History

Mar 5 Harrison Ford crash-lands his 1942 Ryan Aeronautical ST3KR aeroplane in California

Television Premiere

Mar 5 US crime drama "American Crime" premieres created by John Ridley

Film Release

Mar 10 "See You Again" released by Wiz Khalifa featuring Charlie Puth commissioned by film "Furious 7" as tribute to Paul Walker (Billboard Song of the Year 2015)

WrestleMania

Mar 29 WrestleMania XXXI, Levi's Stadium, Santa Clara, CA (76,976): Seth Rollins beats Brock Lesnar and Roman Reigns in impromptu triple threat match to capture WWE Heavyweight title

Film & TV History

Apr 11 Amy Schumer hosts the 2015 MTV Movie Awards

Film Premiere

Apr 13 "Avengers: Age of Ultron", directed by Joss Whedon, starring Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Mark Ruffalo and Jeremy Renner, premieres in Los Angeles

Hall of Fame

Apr 18 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees: The Paul Butterfield Blues Band; Green Day; Joan Jett and the Blackhearts; Lou Reed; Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble; Bill Withers; The "5" Royals; and Ringo Starr

  • May 3 62nd National Film Awards (India): "Court" wins the Golden Lotus

Film & TV History

May 10 61st British Academy Television Awards: "The Graham Norton Show" Best Comedy, "Happy Valley" Best Drama

Film & TV History

May 20 David Letterman hosts the "Late Show with David Letterman" for the last time, ending 33 years in late night television

Music History

May 21 Flavor Flav is arrested near Las Vegas on charges including speeding and driving under the influence

Film & TV History

May 22 Netflix announce that Mary-Kate Olsen and Ashley Olsen will not appear on "Full House" revival

  • May 24 68th Cannes Film Festival: "Dheepan" directed by Jacques Audiard wins the Palme d'Or

Film Premiere

May 29 "Jurassic World", directed by Colin Trevorrow and starring Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard premieres in Paris

  • May 31 5th Critics' Choice Television Awards: Silicon Valley wins Best Comedy Series, The Americans win Best Drama Series
  • Jun 14 "Jurassic World", 1st film to make $500 million worldwide in its opening weekend

Film & TV History

Jun 16 TV personality and real estate mogul Donald Trump launches his campaign for the Republican nomination for US President at Trump Towers

Film & TV History

Jun 19 Actress Shannen Doherty reveals that she has breast cancer

Film Release

Jun 19 Pixar's animated film "Inside Out" is released with voices by Amy Poehler, Phyllis Smith, Lewis Black, Bill Hader and Mindy Kaling

Glastonbury Festival

Jun 24 Glastonbury Festival in Pilton, England opens: Kanye West, and The Who headline; other performers include Lionel Richie, Motörhead, Burt Bacharach, The Libertines, and Pharrell Williams

Film & TV History

Jul 9 48th San Diego Comic-Con begins (till 12th) - includes preview of new Star Wars film by J.J. Abrams

Film Release

Jul 17 Marvel's "Ant-Man", starring Paul Rudd as the titular character, is released

Film & TV History

Jul 23 Supreme Court rejects Bill Cosby's petition against a civil case of his alleged sexual assault of 15-year-old girl at the Playboy Mansion in 1974

  • Aug 4 Muppets Miss Piggy and Kermit the Frog announce the end to their relationship on Twitter

Film & TV History

Aug 4 Robert Downey Jr. named the world's highest paid actor by Forbes Magazine (earning $80 mil). 4 non-Hollywood actors make the top 10.

  • Aug 6 Comedian Jon Stewart hosts "The Daily Show" for the last time
  • Aug 7 US Presidential candidate Donald Trump says in a CNN interview that news anchor Megyn Kelly had “blood coming out of her eyes, blood coming out of her wherever”

Film & TV History

Aug 10 Google announces its restructure as Alphabet, a holding company with Google, YouTube, Android and Chrome as subsidiaries

Film & TV History

Sep 8 Comedian Stephen Colbert debuts as the new host of CBS's "The Late Show"

Film Premiere

Sep 11 "The Martian" based on the novel by Andy Weir, directed by Ridley Scott and starring Matt Damon premieres at the Toronto International Film Festival

Film & TV History

Sep 11 Sofia Vergara (Modern Family) and Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting (The Big Bang Theory) are named highest earning TV actresses (28.5 million) by Forbes

  • Sep 16 Second Republican presidential candidates debate, hosted by CNN, Carly Fiorina and Donald Trump face off at the Reagan Presidential Library

Emmy Awards

Sep 21 67th Emmy Awards: hosted by Andy Samberg, "Game of Thrones", Viola Davis, John Hamm win

  • Oct 2 Actor Randy Quaid and his wife Evi are arrested in Vermont after leaving Canada

Music History

Oct 8 Actress and singer Selena Gomez reveals she has Lupus

  • Oct 9 Selena Gomez releases her studio album "Revival", goes to #1 on Billboard 200
  • Oct 13 First Democratic presidential candidates debate, broadcast by CNN and held in Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Oct 17 Amy Schumer's comedy special "Amy Schumer: Live at the Apollo" premieres on HBO

Film Premiere

Oct 26 "Spectre", 24th James Bond film, directed by Sam Mendes and starring Daniel Craig premieres in London

  • Oct 28 Third Republican presidential candidates debate run by CNBC in Boulder, Colorado
  • Nov 2 "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2" directed by Francis Lawrence, starring Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth premieres in Berlin
  • Nov 14 Second Democratic presidential candidates debate, broadcast by CBS, held in Des Moines, Iowa

Film & TV History

Nov 17 Actor Charlie Sheen confirms that he is HIV-positive

Roger the Ripped Kangaroo

Nov 18 "Kangaroo Dundee" wildlife TV series premieres featuring Brolga and Roger the ripped Kangaroo on BBC Two

Historic Publication

Dec 11 "Playboy" magazine publishes its last nude issue, features Pamela Anderson on the cover

  • Dec 14 "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" directed by J.J. Abrams and starring Daisy Ridley, John Boyega and Harrison Ford has its world premiere at the TCL Chinese Theatre in Los Angeles
  • Dec 19 Third Democratic presidential candidates debate, broadcast by ABC, held in Goffstown, New Hampshire