This year in the Entertainment Industry: Accomplishments and losses | Sunday Observer

This year in the Entertainment Industry: Accomplishments and losses

3 January, 2021

2020 was a very different and unique year in many ways as you may agree. The industry of entertainme nt was hit with a huge backlash due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Concerts were postponed, theatres closed and fans left in disappointment because of Corona virus restrictions. Amid all these tough situations artistes continued to entertain people who adore and love them in various ways such as using social media to reconnect with fans, releasing movies online, conducting online concerts and many more activities.

Surprisingly, this year China overtook the United States as the world’s largest box office market for the first time, with an ongoing pandemic in the country, which manifested how the virus has impacted towards the US box office market. During the 63rd Oscar Awards Ceremony Bong Joon ho’s Parasite became the first Non-English language film to win an Academy Award, along with three more accolades for the Best Original Screenplay, Best Director and Best International Feature Film. Joaquin Phoenix became the best actor for his marvelous acting as Joker in the movie Joker. Bad Boys for Life, the third instalment in the Bad Boys trilogy, which starred Will Smith along with Martin Lawrence grossed an amazing income of $426,505,244.

Movie releases

Despite the pandemic companies such as Disney, Sony Pictures, Netflix, DreamWorks Studios continued their work in intriguing individuals. Disney released Frozen 2, The New Mutants, Star Girl, The One and Only Ivan, Artemis Fowl, as well as the live action remake of 1998 Mulan starring the Chinese actress Yifei Liu and directed by Nikki Caro. Mulan was almost subjected to boycott from eager fans due to multiple delays of the initial release. However, Mulan was a financial disappointment with an income of $200 million including less favourable comments from Chinese viewers.

Tenet, Sonic the Hedgehog, Dil Bechara Dolittle, The Kissing Booth 2, Enola Holmes, Street Dancer 3D, Cats and Dogs 3, Gunjan Saxena: The Kargil Girl, and Birds of Prey are some remarkable movies launched this year.


L.A. Laker’s legend Kobe Bryant and his daughter died on January 26from an unexpected helicopter crash. The death of the basketball player and singer left the world in shock. In a very similar way, the industry lost another Black American Actor to colon cancer, Chadwick Boseman aka Marvel’s Black Panther ‘King ‘Tchalla’ passed away in the month of August at the age of 43 after a four -year fight against colon cancer. His death took over Twitter with the slogan #wakandaforever. Many artistes tweeted, and paid the last tributes to the Marvel Actor, who is a great legend to be remembered. Glee Star Naya Rivera went missing on July 8 during a vacation boat trip in Lake Piru. Her body was found five days later. She was Brits and Grammy Awards winner. Recently, Jeremy Bullock who played ‘Boba Fet’ from the original Star Wars Trilogy died due to health complications from Parkinson’s Disease.

Not only Hollywood, But Bollywood also lost two breadwinners this year. Actor Sushant Rajaput Singh was found dead in his house on June 14 . Later, it was disclosed to be a suicide. Irrfan Khan who played notable roles in Bollywood as equally as in Hollywood, breathed his last on April 29.


During the year many stars also stood up supporting for the ‘Black Lives Matter’ movement. Some stars were even involved in persuading people to vote in the US Presidential Election. Artistes also took Chances to express their hatred towards the former President of USA, Donald Trump. Some of them were highly criticised for their actions.

The music industry also had major milestones this year besides the trong pandemic affect ting the work. Taylor Swift released a surprise album Folklore during the quarantine period, through this album she showed fans a new side of her music. The album was nominated as ‘The Album of the Year’ in the Grammy Awards 2021. It also gained the Guinness World Record’ for the biggest opening album by a female artiste on Spotify. Towards the end, it was voted as the bestselling Album of 2020 with all 16 tracks entering Billboard Hot 100. Next, she launched Evermore as the sister album of Folklore.

Lady Gaga collaborated with Ariana Grande for Rain on Me which won them awards for Best Collaboration and Best Music Video during this year. Shawn Mendes and Justin Bieber teamed up for Monster. Shawn Mendes published a new single Wonder while Bieber too released a new work Holy featuring Chance the Rapper and also he joined forces with Ariana Grande on Stuck with U. Both the songs showed how the pandemic had affected citizen’s daily life. Meanwhile, Selena Gomez released her third studio album Rare after four years dedicated to her cosmetics brand. She also collaborated with the all-girl Korean Pop group Blackpink on the happy and cheerful vibe song Ice Cream.

Young singer Dua Lipa has had great year including many accomplishments. She released her second studio album Future Nostalgia furthermore collaborating with professional artistes like Madonna.


Of course, no one can skip this year without Dynamite. BTS made 2020 their landmark year by releasing a whole English single Dynamite, a disco-pop, happy and dance song which shattered YouTube records, and topped the Billboard Hot 100 charts. They also collaborated with Jason Derulo for a remix of Savage Love which became their second no.1 on the Billboard Hot 100. It was also nominated for the 2021 Grammy Awards.

Billie Eilish on the other hand was chosen to sing the song No time to Die for the James Bond Film with the same title. What a Man gotta do was released by Jonas Brothers.

Johnny Depp faced complications because of his lawsuits making him drop out from the cast of the Fantastic Beasts Franchise. Singers like Ava Max, Demi Lovato, Harry Styles, Niall Horan, Katy Perry, Charlie Puth, Sia, Alicia Keys, Jennifer Lopez, Christina Aguilera, Lauv are among those who helped to make this year a better one. Despite the ups and downs actors, actresses, musicians and other entertainers around the world made it a year to remember by producing their relevant content and pleasing people.