December 1, 2011
I Don't Need No Nobel
By Gaëtan L. Charlebois
Playwright Steve Galluccio, come awards season, loses his mind on Facebook and Twitter. He doesn't like them. And it's a sincere dislike - so sincere that he is not submitting his screenplay for Funkytown (to my mind a brilliant text) for the Writers Guild Award. Galluccio has done the awards thang - the Radio-Canada series Un gars, une fille won its writing team (including him) a pile of them.
So okay, Steev-o, I might agree with you when the same-old, same-old get all the prizes all the time.
Every year The Galluch mounts his social network war on The MECCAs (the Montreal English Critics Circle Awards). I expect it. I've done battle with him, we have fun with it, and he makes me think.
But he won't change my mind about certain awards. Not on the MECCAs, for one thing - which, as co-founder, interest me deeply. But there are some others I think are important and without naming them I'll share why.
I was 20 years old when I won The Clifford E. Lee National Playwrites Award and had it not been for that prize I would not have gotten the boost I needed to get a career going at the time. It opened doors in Canada, in the US, the UK, radio and even television.
So okay, Steev-o, I might agree with you when the same-old, same-old get all the prizes all the time. But those prizes that give a push to a new talent, draw attention to a surprising artist or expand the art out towards new audiences via the ideas of original creators are good things; so are the prizes which reward those who never get celeb-style notice but who should (designers, f'r'instance).
Meanwhile, I'll see YOU at the People's Choice!