OK, maybe this one can’t be blamed on the writers strike: But the kudos count — egads! — has taken a hit this year.
For the first time since Variety started tracking the volume of awards events, both the number of ceremonies and trophies given out has taken a slight dip downward.
Yes, Hollywood is actually feting a little less this year — at least so far.
There were 36 ceremonies and 480 awards handed out before Jan. 27. For the same period in 2007 there were 38 events and 652 awards; and in 2006, 31 events, 374 awards.
But at least one person did take a direct hit from the strike: Steven Spielberg, whose lifetime achievement award from the HFPA was pushed to next year.
The Television Critics winter tour was good for 12 awards last year, but not in 2008. With the tour canceled, the kudos were dropped.
Popular on Variety
For the rest, January’s loss could be February’s gain as many ceremonies shifted, including the PGA Awards and Spain’s Goyas.