There'll be Tina Fey and Amy Poehler hosting, lots of celebrities for roasting and gorgeous gowns before the shows.
For me, awards season really is the most wonderful time of the year. There is no better way to distract yourself from the bitter cold, snow and ice of winter than indulging in a few nights in front of the TV, watching your favorite actors, musicians and filmmakers be feted for their outstanding achievements over the past year.
For those who really get into the season like I do, the preparation for the awards can be just as exciting, from tracking down all of the Best Picture nominees -- in theaters, on DVD or streaming -- to conjuring up some creative ideas for your Oscar night menu, whether it's a "Thank You Berry Much" cocktail or an entree based on one of the evening's films.
The telecasts of the Golden Globes and Oscars have been a TV highlight for me every year for as long as I can remember, and thanks to the shows choosing some great hosts, that tradition continues this year.
Fey and Poehler have been incredible hosting the 2013 and 2014 Golden Globes, and I'm sure that will extend to the 2015 Globes on Jan. 11. And as much as the world would like to see this hilarious duo continue their run as Globes hosts for the forseeable future, Poehler has said the 2015 show will be their last, so it will be worth watching if only to witness their hosting antics one last time.
The Academy Awards telecast has picked up a multi-talented star in its new host, Neil Patrick Harris. Harris has hosted the Emmys twice and the Tonys four times, his skills as an all-around entertainer on display at each outing. He should be a great host for this year's Oscars, the perfect guide to navigate viewers through the best of 2014 in film. Be sure to mark Feb. 22 on your calendar.
The Grammys don't have a host for the telecast on Feb. 8 yet, but it would come as no shock if LL Cool J returns to the spot for the fourth year in a row, especially considering he hosted "A Very Grammy Christmas" earlier this month.
As for the individual telecasts, I always look forward to the clip packages the Oscars put together, whether they celebrate certain genres, award categories or film industry luminaries that we lost in the past year. With the deaths of Robin Williams, Mike Nichols, Lauren Bacall, Eli Wallach and countless others, I'm sure this year's in memoriam package will be a tearjerker once again.
Along with the awards shows comes the extensive red carpet coverage. While I can take or leave some of the commentary by the hosts on E! and the awards' own pre-shows, I also religiously tune in to the fashion coverage to see who takes a risk that pays off -- or doesn't. Speaking of those lost in the past year, this season's red carpet commentary won't be the same without the wit of Joan Rivers on "Fashion Police," but I'm looking forward to seeing what Kathy Griffin does as the new lead host of the show.
Whether you tune in to see what film, music or TV show gets the most honors, who has the most outrageous dress on the red carpet or the shows' hosts at the top of their game, it's sure that this year's telecasts will be a lot of fun. I, for one, can't wait.