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Hooray for Hollywood

1997 chock full of kudos

The numbers are in, and it’s been an award-worthy awards season.

In calendar year 1997, members of the showbiz community were saluted at 252 awards events, receiving a total of 3,138 prizes. That works out to nearly five awards shows per week, and an average of 8.5 trophies being handed out each day of the year, including holidays.

Included in the Variety tally are critics awards and film fest nods, but not included are humanitarian kudos and testimonial dinners. The totals encompass the biggies (Oscars, Emmys, Tonys, Grammys) as well as such lesser-known but noteworthy events as the AMA Intl. Health & Medical Film Festival Awards, which this year bestowed 49 nods.

Last year’s extremely high trophy tally is especially impressive because several of the events handed out only one award apiece — including the Assn. of Talent Agents nod, the Beatrice Wood Film Award and the AFI Lifetime Achievement prize.

However, TV came to the rescue to increase the numbers. The single highest count of any award event went to the Primetime Emmys (178), which were augmented by such awards as the L.A.-area Emmys (37 honors), Daytime Emmy Awards (64), New York-area Emmys (67) and the Sports Emmys (33).

You readers, who are members of the showbiz community, helped make all this happen. Give yourself a hand. Or give yourself an award.

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