Okay, I’m going to interpret two “sorry too busy” and one “it wouldn’t be the same without you” comments as a ringing endorsement of my stewardship of the annual Spill Awards, and put my mind to thinking of a way to top last year’s live blog of the award ceremony. I suppose we could do it on Twitter… If anyone has any thoughts, let me know; meanwhile, it’s time to open nominations. Here’s how it works…
(1) Send your nominations in the different categories (see below) to me via email, at abahachi(at)hotmail.co.uk, by 15th December.
(2) I will put together shortlists of those nominations that receive the most (or any) support, and create polls for you all to vote for your favourites.
(3) Voting will run up to Christmas, and the award ceremony will then take place on the evening of Friday 28th December, unless I get lots of loud objections and alternative suggestions.
Album of the Year Must have been released in 2012, or at the very end of 2011 (so too late to be considered last year). Please suggest up to ten, and bear in mind that only albums that are supported by more than one person will stand a chance. We have so many opportunities to showcase our individual eclecticism; this is where we try to find out how much, if at all, our tastes overlap, and how far we can differentiate ourselves from the Grauniad’s official list.
Film of the Year Again, films released in 2012 are eligible. Please suggest up to five.
TV Programme of the Year Please suggest up to five.
Hero of the Year Please suggest up to five, if you can.
Villain of the Year Please limit yourself to five.
Event of the Year Again, up to five suggestions would be good.
Special Awards If you would like to nominate anyone for an additional award of your own devising, or alternatively would like to be considered for such an award, just let me know, with a short encomium or acceptance speech as appropriate.
I propose removing the categories of Book of the Year, Rediscovery of the Year and Sadly Missed, as suggestions received have always been even more random and eclectic than for the other categories, and it’s impossible to put together a sensible shortlist. Rather, I would suggest having separate posts in which we can recommend books to one another, mull over all the great musicians who’ve died over the year and talk about older music that we’ve discovered or rediscovered. If I have time, I’ll try to do such posts, but anyone else should feel free to do it.