No atrophy in trophy-giving

Last year, over 5,000 kudos handed out

In a world where everything seems to be constantly shifting, it’s nice to know that some things never change.

After all the shifts the world went through last year, one constant remained: showbiz’s kudos-mania.

In 2001, there were 5,188 awards given out at 479 events. This means that, on the average, at least 14 awards were handed out every day of the year. Or some-one would be honored every 1.7 hours, if awards were given out around the clock. (And wouldn’t that be a great thing?)

Compared with the year 2000, last year saw fewer events — but, oddly, more trophies were given out.

For example, the Intl. Emmys rose from seven in 2000 to 10 last year; MTV Europe Awards went up from 17 to 22 and the Golden Apple from seven to 12.

But those numbers appear piddly compared with the Grammys, which gave out 100 honors in 2001. And even that total seems small when you add up all the forms of Emmy.

Between the Primetime, Sports, Local, News & Documentary and Creative Emmys, there were salutations in 221 categories. Way to go, Emmy!

Several new awards bowed in 2001, including a couple from Variety‘s sister publication Video Business, which offered the Video Premiere Awards and the Video Business Hall of Fame.

Perhaps summing up the mood, Pam Grier said Oct. 20 on being given the “Failure Is Impossible” Award: “I’m earning this prestigious award because I never gave up. Failure is just giving up.”

Thank goodness that, during the past year, kudos-givers never gave up. Let’s hope they keep a-goin’ during 2002!

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