Sunday, September 29, 2019

And The Winner Is…Us

Awards.  They’re ubiquitous.  Especially in the entertainment industry.  And while it may all seem at times like a clown car of self-congratulatory “I’m the King of the World” nonsense, I think there’s a greater purpose…a better way to understand why these things matter.

Simply put, film and television are collaborative arts.  An actor’s performance is the result of more than just their own efforts: it’s shaped by the direction, lighting, editing, the other actors and more.  So, too, are all the other disciplines interdependent, working together into a tapestry.  Thus, any award for one is always an award for many.  In that sense, every award is a shared win.

And sharing is really what the entertainment world is all about:  sharing stories, sharing experiences, sharing slices of humanity to inform, reform or affirm who we are, where we’ve been and where we may one day go. 

I think it appropriate, then, to honor our best achievements in that goal; awards, titles and ceremonies help us to do that.  And, just as the honorees share their awards with their collaborators, so do we all share in the experiences that entertainment provides.  Thus, we are all winners and we all share in the glorious spoils.

And isn’t that a wonderful thing to share, after all?

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