Events in Film & Television in 2020

Golden Globes

Jan 5 77th Golden Globes: "1917" Best Drama, "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood" Best Comedy/Musical, acting awards Renée Zellweger, Joaquin Phoenix, Awkwafina, Taron Edgerton

Film & TV History

Jan 13 Queen Elizabeth II issues a statement saying she reluctantly supports Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's wish to live a more independent life

  • Jan 21 Revival of Charles Fuller's stage drama "A Soldier's Play, starring David Alan Grier and Blair Underwood at the American Airlines Theatre, NYC; run suspended dut to Covid-19 closures, wins 3 Tony Awards

Film & TV History

Jan 23 Actress Annabella Sciorra testifies in court that Harvey Weinstein raped her 25 years ago at his trial in New York

  • Feb 2 73rd British Academy Film Awards (BAFTAs): "1917" Best Film, Sam Mendes Best Director, Renée Zellweger, Joaquin Phoenix best actors

Radio History

Feb 4 Radio personality Rush Limbaugh is presented the Presidential Medal of Freedom by Donald Trump during the State Of The Union Address

Academy Awards

Feb 9 92nd Academy Awards: "Parasite" 1st non English film to win Best Picture, Best Director Bong Joon-ho, Best Actor Joaquin Phoenix, Best Actress Renée Zellweger

  • Feb 24 Former Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein found guilty of rape and a criminal sexual act in landmark case that ignited #MeToo movement

Music History

Mar 2 American rap group Public Enemy part ways with Flavor Flav after 35 years over playing for free at Bernie Sanders rally

  • Mar 11 Harvey Weinstein is sentenced to 23 years in prison for a criminal sex act and rape in New York
  • Apr 4 WrestleMania XXXVI, WWE Performance Center, Orlando FL, Part 1: The Undertaker defeats AJ Styles in a Boneyard match; Becky Lynch beats Shayna Baszler to retain Raw Women's C'ship

WrestleMania

Apr 5 WrestleMania XXXVI, WWE Performance Center, Orlando FL, Part 2: Drew McIntyre defeats Brock Lesnar to win the WWE C'ship; Charlotte Flair beats Rhea Ripley for NXT Women's title

Farm Aid Concert

Apr 11 Farm Aid "At Home" held virtually; performers include Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp, Neil Young, Dave Matthews, Black Pumas, Bonnie Raitt, Boz Scaggs, Brandi Carlile, Chris Stapleton, Edie Brickell, Jack Johnson, and Jon Batiste [1]

Music Concert

Apr 18 "Together At Home" virtual benefit concert for the World Health Organization's COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund curated by Lady Gaga; 6-hour pre-show streams on-line, followed by 2-hour global telecast; performers include: Andra Day, Common, The Killers, Charlie Puth, John Legend, Jennifer Hudson, Annie Lennox, and Zucchero

  • Apr 28 US Department of Defense releases three declassified videos of possible UFOs from 2004 and 2015
  • May 2 Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson, the Icelandic actor who played Ser Gregor "The Mountain" Clegane in Game of Thrones, sets a world deadlifting record by lifting 501kg (1,104lb)
  • Jun 17 Actor Danny Masterson charged with raping three women

Music History

Jun 21 Kurt Cobain's guitar during Nirvana's MTV Unplugged show sells for a record $6 million

COVID-19 Pandemic

Jul 18 Indian actor Amitabh Bachchan and his son Abhishek are hospitalized with COVID-19 in Mumbai

Music History

Jul 22 Kim Kardashian asks for understanding of her husband Kanye West's struggles with his bipolar disorder on Instagram

  • Aug 21 American actress Lori Loughlin sentenced to two months in prison along with her husband for her role in US college admissions bribery scandal

Music Single

Aug 21 Korean pop group BTS releases single "Dynamite,"; becomes 1st video to be watched more than 100 million times in 24 hours on YouTube

COVID-19 Pandemic

Sep 3 Actor Robert Pattinson tests positive for COVID-19, shutting down production of the Batman film he is shooting

Venice Film Festival

Sep 12 Chloé Zhao's "Nomadland" starring Frances McDormand wins the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival

  • Sep 20 72nd Emmy Awards held virtually: "Succession" best drama, "Schitts Creek" wins record nine awards for a comedy, "Watchman" best limited series

Film & TV History

Sep 24 David Attenborough breaks Jennifer Aniston's record as the fastest person to reach 1 million followers on Instagram

COVID-19 Pandemic

Oct 2 US President Donald Trump announces via twitter that he and First Lady Melania Trump have tested positive for COVID-19, President hospitalized later that day

Film & TV History

Oct 21 Pope Francis backs same-sex civil unions in interview in documentary film "Francesco"

  • Oct 29 Three people stabbed to death in church in Nice, France, in an terrorist attack, after similar attack and President Macron's defense of right to publish cartoons of Prophet Muhammad
  • Nov 2 Baby Shark by Pinkfong becomes the most-watched video on YouTube with over 7.04 billion views

Film & TV History

Nov 2 Johnny Depp loses libel case against UK newspaper "The Sun", which called him a "wife-beater", said he assaulted wife Amber Heard

Film & TV History

Nov 18 Michael B. Jordan named "Sexiest Man Alive" by People Magazine

Film & TV History

Nov 25 The New York Times names its "25 Greatest Actors of the 21st Century (so far)", with Denzel Washington at No. 1 [1]

Film & TV History

Dec 1 Actor Elliot Page, formerly known as Ellen Page, reveals he is transgender

Film & TV History

Dec 12 Media personality Perez Hilton is banned from TikTok

COVID-19 Pandemic

Dec 15 UK newspaper "The Sun" publishes recording of Tom Cruise berating his film crew for breaking COVID-19 protocols

  • Dec 21 Hawaiian vocalist Israel Kamakawiwoʻole's official music video for his rendition of Harold Arlen and Yip Harburg's "Over the Rainbow" reaches a billion views on YouTube