Awards season is upon us. First up was the Peoples Choice Awards, then The Golden Globes. The Screen Actors Guilds SAG Awards are next, airing on TNT and TBS at 7 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 28. The Writers Guild, Directors Guild, and the American Society of Cinematographers all have non-televised awards coming up in February, too.
Hollywood obviously enjoys a hefty dose of self-congratulation.
Each awards show is a bit different. The Peoples Choice Awards reflect what American viewers like, the Golden Globes are given by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (which has fewer than 90 active members), while the SAG Awards are given to actors from actors.
What Id like to see is an awards show with more unusual categories. You know, for things even non-industry types can recognize. The average viewer cant always discern between good and bad directing, and if given a vote for Best Actress, we might choose a beloved character by a so-so actress over a less popular character played by a gifted actress. So why not invent some new categories?
Following are a few suggestions, and potential nominees:
Creepiest CharacterT-Bag (Prison Break), Ben (Lost), Sylar (Heroes), Lennox (24), Gaius (Battlestar Galactica), Dwight (The Office)
Outstanding BrainiacZach (Bones), Brennan (Bones), Abby (NCIS), Charlie (NUMB3RS), Goren (Law & Order: Criminal Intent)
Fastest TalkerLorelai (The Gilmore Girls), Rory (The Gilmore Girls), Sookie (The Gilmore Girls), Lane (The Gilmore Girls), Marin (Men in Trees)
Best VoiceoverEverybody Hates Chris, Veronica Mars, Scrubs, My Name is Earl
Most Annoying VoiceoverGreys Anatomy, How I Met Your Mother, Desperate Housewives, Men in Trees
Outstanding Use of SarcasmChloe (24), House (House), Lorelai (Gilmore Girls), Jack (Eureka), Tommy (Rescue Me)
Best Catch PhrasesDude, (Hurley, Lost), Seriously, (almost everyone, Greys Anatomy), Thank yew, (Brenda, The Closer)
Favorite Second BananaRandy (My Name is Earl), George (Greys Anatomy), Wilson (House), Wallace (Veronica Mars), Gus (Psych)
Most Precocious KidBridgette (Medium), Jake (Two and a Half Men), Tanya (Everybody Hates Chris), Justin (Ugly Betty), Micah (Hereos)
Best American AccentHugh Laurie (House), Matthew Rhys (Brothers & Sisters), Rachel Griffiths (Brothers & Sisters), Poppy Montgomery (Without a Trace), Marianne Jean-Baptiste (Without a Trace), Joely Richardson (Nip/Tuck), Julian McMahon (Nip/Tuck), Dominic Purcell (Prison Break)
Favorite Love TrianglePam, Jim and Karen (The Office); Marin, Jack and Lynn (Men in Trees); Ian, Susan and Mike (Desperate Housewives)
Strangest Love TriangleBella, Denny and Bethany (Boston Legal); Jan, Michael and Carol (The Office); Janet, Tommy and Sheila (Rescue Me)
Outstanding Scene StealerDr. Bailey (Greys Anatomy), Mark (Ugly Betty), Hiro (Heroes), Mrs. McCluskey (Desperate Housewives)
Best QuipperLorelai (Gilmore Girls), Veronica (Veronica Mars), Logan (Veronica Mars), Cliff (Veronica Mars), Sawyer (Lost)
Coolest JackJack Bauer (24), Jack Donaghy (30 Rock), Jack Slattery (Men in Trees), Jack Carter (Eureka)
Now its your turn! What TV categories do you wish there were awards for, and who or what would you nominate?
Paula Hendrickson is a regular contributor to Emmy magazine, Variety and Rockford Life, and has been published in numerous national publications, including American Bungalow, SatelliteORBIT and TVGuide. She can be reached by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
From the Jan. 24-30, 2007, issue