Speaking of Cannes, it seems my dedicated film festival coverage hasn't gone unnoticed because when the 2012 Lammy Nominations were announced the other day, I was pleasantly surprised to see my name listed amongst the nominees for Best Festival & Awards Coverage.
Now I don't have any illusions about actually winning it, not against the incomparably thorough and devoted job that Never Too Early Movie Predictions does covering the Oscars, or the immensely entertaining Annual Awards Nerdism at Cinematic Paradox. Perhaps if the category was split up I might have a chance, but even then The Matinee and Big Thoughts from a Small Mind each have a longstanding record of impressive high quality festival coverage as well.
Still it is very nice to get some recognition and it is an honor just to be considered, so I would like to give a massive thank you to everyone who put my name on their ballots; and also a hearty congratulations to all the other #Lammy2012 nominees.
In no particular order, a few LAMBs who didn't receive a nomination but fully deserved one.
- Front Room Cinema, not only the most reliable commenter around but what Scott has built his blog into in such a short time is truly inspirational.
- Le Mot du Cinephiliaque, a true classic cinema lover and an encyclopedia of film knowledge. Michaël also submitted one of my favorite FYC posters.
- Japan Cinema, living proof that the Lammy nomination process is flawed and unrepresentative, at least as far as the Best Design award is concerned.
- Only the Cinema, No one describes a scene quite like Ed Howard can. One of the most intelligent and by far the most evocative reviewer around.
- Hollywood Spy, Dezmond's textbook example of how to run a successful and extremely popular blog. Hard to believe it's all done by one person.
- Love & Squalor, beautiful minimalistic design, consistently entertaining writing, and just quietly completed the greatest series of posts no one's heard about.
- Surrender to the Void, the amount of thorough reviews and essays that Steven constantly produces is astonishing. By word count he is the most prolific blogger I know, and he still somehow finds the time to leave comments everywhere.
- Can't Stop the Movies, one of the best all around blogs. Clean easy to navigate interface, a good mix of content, and an unique collaborative reviewing and rating system should have put them in the running for at least a couple categories.
- Dr. Blood's Video Vault, a horror fan who I might not always agree with but always respect for his unflinchingly honest and very knowledgeable criticism.