Showbiz ups kudos count

3,182 trophies given out in 1999

Since 1997, Daily Variety has kept a tally of the year’s entertainment awards — everything from the Oscars to the Moxies, from the Golden Frogs to the Silver Sewers.

Happily, the millennium ended on a high note: In 1999, the industry handed out 3,182 trophies at 332 ceremonies.

In other words, showbiz averaged an awards event for nearly every day of the year, averaging nearly nine prizes handed out each day. (There are even awards for the best awards: In September, the Oscar, Grammy and Tony Awards telecasts all won Emmys.)

And last year’s kudos cover the full range: The menagerie includes the Tiger Film Awards, the Golden Rams, the Sparrows and the Bambi.

There are the Crystal Awards, the Crystal Heart and the Czech Crystals. There are the Razzies, the Webby Awards, the Guldbagge Awards, the Trumpet Awards and the Living the Dream Award.

The number of awards rises every year: In 1997, for example, there were only 3,138 trophies at 252 ceremonies. Showbiz, you’re on the right track.

So, as the new millennium begins, take these facts not as a reflection on past glories, but as a promise of things to come.

So please, give out more awards in the new century. There were 33 days last year when not a single award was handed out. Don’t let this happen again. You may get an award for your efforts.

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