[AUTHOR’S NOTE: Before I begin, I know this post is published unbefittingly on the 17th anniversary of terrorist attacks in the United States of America. Despite the coincidence, all of us will never forget what happened on that day and remember their souls. Thank you.]
The 70th Emmy Awards will be awarded in a week but the Turf feels some jealousy.
LAST SUNDAY, the PMPC Star Awards for Music awarded its winners for 2017 and 2018 but a week from now, the Primetime Emmy Awards will announce its winners live from Los Angeles for determining the best in different genres of that particular daypart of American television before their official television season begins.
While the Turf is somehow frustrated with PMPC for missing out a year (aside from their contentious credibility), we are a bit envious for the Emmys for keeping within their calendar — which will be carried on cable and/or any Solar Entertainment-owned channel — despite being used as a certain potential, political soapbox.
Other than the Emmys, notorious awards for different types of media on the other side of the Pacific Ocean also keep their awarding dates within their acceptable range: the Golden Globes every January, Grammys and Oscars every February (except during Winter Olympic years as Grammys go early and Oscars go late by a week) and the Tony Awards every June.
This begs us one question: Why can’t we just stick our own awards to a certain time of the year instead of being sporadic?
Current State of Local Awards
There are 11 constinuously-running media awards, presented by nine (9) organizations, in the country that are usually reported in search engine-accessible entertainment news sites:
- Aliw Awards (Aliw Awards Foundation),
- Anak TV Awards (Anak TV Foundation),
- Awit Awards (Philippine Association of the Record Industry, Inc.),
- Box Office Entertainment Awards (Guillermo Mendoza Memorial Scholarship Foundation),
- Catholic Mass Media Awards (Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Manila),
- FAMAS Awards (Filipino Academy of Movie Arts and Sciences),
- Gawad Urian (Manunuri ng Pelikulang Pilipino),
- Golden Dove Awards (Kapisanan ng mga Brodkaster ng Pilipinas), and
- Star Awards (Philippine Movie Press Club)
Before any media award is conferred to a person (or its proxy) or an entity, the nominees must meet certain criteria to qualify before it will be disclosed to the public and the voting proper.
In the voting proper, there must be a defined judging process — the people who are qualified for voting and the system of voting. Sometimes, an external audit is required to ensure reasonable assurance during the process.
The Past 5 Years
While there are other awards awaiting for announcements for their respective awarding dates this year, The Turf will settle on the past five full years (2013-2017).
NOTE: We did not include network-based (e.g. PUSH Awards, MOR Pinoy Music Awards, Myx Music Awards) and college-based media awards for obvious and practical reasons.
Researching with Google, here are the dates of the 11 media awards that were awarded throughout the said period:
Connecting the Dots and the Dates
Throughout the said period, it can be inferred that:
- One award awarded on a particular date: April 29 for Golden Dove Awards (2014-16)
- On a particular day of the week,
- Sunday: always observed for the Box Office Entertainment Awards and PMPC Star Awards for Music and Movies, not always for FAMAS Awards (with one devious instance) and Star Awards for TV.
- Tuesday: Gawad Urian (with two deviations in 2016 & 2017)
- Wednesday: the CMMA (with one devious instance)
- In terms of the particular month:
- March: dominant for Star Awards for Movies (with one devious instance),
- April: usually for KBP Golden Dove Awards (with one devious instance),
- June: for Gawad Urian (except one instance),
- November for Star Awards for TV (except one instance), and
- December belongs to the Anak TV and Awit Awards (with one devious instance each)
- Within a certain quarter:
- Q2: Box Office Entertainment Awards, Golden Dove Awards
- Q4: Aliw Awards, Anak TV Awards, Awit Awards, CMMA, Star Awards for TV
- The 35th CMMA (2013) was conferred on Friday, November 15. This may have been due to the commitment of the Archdiocese in helping the victims of Supertyphoon Yolanda (Haiyan).
- Anak TV’s 2015 awarding missed the date of the usual awarding month but they awarded their best kid-friendly programs of the said year on the following February.
- The 25th KBP Golden Dove Awards in 2017 — and this year — was conferred in May instead of April.
- PMPC Star Awards for TV in 2016 was conferred on October 23, a Sunday, instead of November to coincide with the 63rd anniversary of television in the country.
- While FAMAS Awards were sporadic for the last five observed years, The 65th edition in 2017 was awarded on the day after the Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) Awards Night.
- As mentioned earlier, PMPC Star Awards for Music in 2017 missed out their awards for the corresponding year but was compensated last Sunday.
Awit Awards’ nomination process is very stringent with few bypasses but the qualifications of the jury is fitting for the appropriate categories with an external audit firm oversee the ballots.
If there is one award that exemplifies reasonable transparency in determining its nominees and judging process, KBP Golden Dove Awards is the most praiseworthy. Like the Awit Awards, on their website, they publicize the criteria of nominations and criteria for judging. (Click here for their 24th edition in 2016 for CY 2015.)
The Box Office Entertainment Awards, as it’s obviously titled, choose the any film that is in the box office of the preceding year, top-rating TV shows, top recording singers and top in gross receipts of live entertainment. The first two are accessible through Google but not on the last two.
The Catholic Mass Media Awards only publicized the criteria and eligibility of entries in their own categories through their official Facebook page.
Despite the particular type of media, the Aliw Awards does not publicize the criteria, eligibility and process.
However, the most “unworthy” awarding authority is very obvious from disgruntled entertainment site patrons: the PMPC Star Awards. Their selection process, the eligibility and the jury process are being obscured from the public’s eyes. After the process, outrage would be poured out for being biased to one major network.
Constructive Fixes and Challenges
Why can’t they set all awardng dates on a Sunday just like in the States?
While the Golden Dove Awards is deemed to be a paragon of media awards, they are not perfect. They should stick with the awarding date on the last Sunday of April (when it falls on Easter, the following day is the awarding date).
The Star Awards for Movies can be awarded every second Sunday of March, Awit Awards can be done every second Sunday of December, fourth Sunday of June for Gawad Urian (as the third Sunday of that month is Father’s Day) and the fourth Sunday of November for Star Awards for TV.
The following awards are easy to be adjusted; the rest should decide.
The Challenges (Reality Check)
While fixing the acceptable date range of is easy, there are complicated problems on sticking with the schedule.
The most obvious one is the venue availability and the weather conditions, despite the awarding ceremony are held indoors.
Here are other key roadblocks within:
- TV awards (e.g. BOEA and SATV) will have a very hard time determining eligibility period for television shows. Teleseryes, the most dominant in the programming grid, is not well-defined as this type change hands at any time of the year except during the holidays.
- Film awards will also have a difficult yet manageable time to determine eligibility of determining films since MMFF (also during the holidays/year-end) is the most intensified period of cinema attendance.
- Organizers are human and hence, they are forgetful of sticking with the timeline. Sometimes with two types of media merged into one or the missed out year merging into the current one, such as the recent case we have introduced.
In terms of telecast, this is a very complicated thing, which can be divided further:
- Awards ceremony that are held on weekdays (for now) cannot be covered live because of teleseryes and they might have to wait at least until the following Sunday to show.
- If the awards are held on a Sunday, weekend competition shows and news-magazine shows could get disrupted and might be delayed.
- Because the network exclusivity is here to stay, the term “gentlemen’s agreement” — where the Big Four in America take turns in the Emmys — is excluded of any network’s vocabulary.
- If a network nor its own talent did not win an award, chances are they will be edited out of the condensed telecast on late Sunday night.
It’s no wonder that most awards night telecast are purely on ABS-CBN (particularly on Sunday’s Best) as GMA does not bother to share and rather air Chinese movies on SNBO.
That said, the adage of “giving chance to others” — laterally and externally — is totally not a mantra in the entertainment industry.
To the winners of the Emmys, congratulations and for those who didn’t, better luck next year.
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