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January 15, 2013

And the award goes to ...

It is Awards Season again - or as I like to think of it, that special time of year when Mike once again finds out he is WAY out of touch.

The World Wide Interweb Thingie is alive with chatter about who is going to win which statuette at what show - Oscar, Emmy, Tony, Golden Globes, Grammy, Granny, Silver Sow, Copper Cob, Dean Martin Roast, or Hee-Haw Salute. It's a long list. I might have missed a couple.

During these months when celebritroids start handing awards to one another, I find myself completely baffled by the reactions. Not theirs. I mean regular people's.

Folks who have absolutely nothing to do with entertainment (other than as consumers) get all worked up about these prizes and I really don't know why. It's not like fans get statuettes if they back the winner. (Although if that were the case, I think I'd want an Oscar. It's just the right shape and size to crack black walnuts.)

But oh, the drama. And I'm not talking about on the screen. I mean online:

"If 'Django Unchained' doesn't get best picture, there is no justice."

"'The Master' was robbed! Robbed!"

"OK, seriously. Did the makers of 'Rise of the Guardians' p*** in someone's coffee, because that movie was great from opening to closing credits."

Wow. The way people carry on about these things on the message boards and such, you'd think it was politics. Or sports. Or something that mattered.

Here's the response I used when I was a music critic and was forever having to hear from people who disagreed with my assessments of their favorite artists by citing album sales figures and awards won: Whoop-ti-do.

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