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Pulp-less Fiction: Digital Downloads

This blog is about new paperless reading materials like downloadable audio books, ebooks, and online magazines, made available to you through the Appleton Public Library. I plan to provide helpful tips on using these new products, along with reviews of audio books, music on cd, and movies on DVD and Blu-ray.  The library is changing as rapidly as your access to media and the Internet. We want to keep on top of the trends and bring you information and entertainment in a way that fits your life today.   -Beth

The award season for film and television is well launched, with the Screen Actors Guild and Golden Globes behind us.  Having watched several, I began to wonder how many film and tv awards there really are.  The following is a list of major American awards.

The Academy Awards are often called the Oscars, named after the statuette handed to the winner.  They are probably the best known award for motion pictures, and will take place on February 24, 2013 for the 85th time.

The Annie Award is animation's highest honor.  The 40th Annual Annie Awards will take place February 2, 2013 in Lost Angeles, California.

The BET Awards are presented annually on the Black Entertainment Television network to celebrate African Americans and other minorities in the field of entertainment.  They are one of the newer awards, having been established in 2001.

The Golden Globe Awards are presented by the Hollywood Foreign Correspondents Association.  They recognize achievements in 25 categories for both motion pictures and television.  The 70th annual Golden Globe event took place January 13, 2013.

The Gotham Independent Film Awards, presented in New York in November, showcases independent films.  The winners are selected by jury.  They are considered by some to be the first major awards ceremony of the film season.

People's Choice Awards are given in categories such as music, movies and television.  The most recent ceremony was January 9, 2013; the 39th annual event.

The Saturn Awards were founded by the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films in 1972.  They honor genre films, television, international cinema and home entertainment.  Winners are chosen by Academy members

The Screen Actors Guild Awards  are the only televised awards shows to honor performers exclusively, providing thirteen awards for acting in films and television.  The nineteenth annual event will take place in Los Angeles Sunday, January 27, 2013.

The Spirit Awards celebrate artist-driven independent filmmaking.  Then next ceremony is Saturday, February 23, 2013; it's 26th year.  They are voted on by members of the Film Independent community.

The Sundance Film Festival, while a different type of event, has a big impact on the film world.  Not as flashy as the big award ceremonies, the focus is on screening independent and foreign films, shorts, and documentaries.  Started by award-winning actor Robert Redford, it is currently running in Park City, Utah, from January 17-27, 2013.  There are also panel discussions, live performances of music from film, and multimedia installations.   This year the Festival will expand to local audiences on January 31, when ten unique films from the 2013 festival will be screened in ten cities across the U.S.  Each filmmaker will be on hand to discuss the film.  There is also a spinoff, called Sundance London, which will take place April 25-28, 2013.


Television has separate awards, called the Emmys, which are awarded by the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. 

The Primetime Emmy Awards are awarded for the best in prime time television programs.  The event in September 2013 will be the 65th year.

The Daytime Entertainment Emmy Awards are chosen in recognition of excellence in American daytime television.  Ceremonies are often in June.


Theatergoers will be happy to view The American Theatre Wing's Tony Awards.  They began in 1947, and are awarded for excellence in theater performance.



There are many smaller award ceremonies, such as the local Chicago International Film Festival.

When it comes to Awards time, there truly are a lot of choices for your viewing pleasure.

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