I just finished listening to the latest podcast of The Large Association of Movie Blogs, in which the nominations for the 2010 LAMMY Awards were announced—and since Thrilling Days of Yesteryear was nominated for bupkis, you LAMB devotees can sleep a little easier knowing that the process is on the up-and-up. I suppose I could have engaged in a little pimpage and heavily promoted TDOY—and I need to stress that campaigning for one’s blog is not a bad thing, lest someone get that impression from my use of the word “pimpage”—but in retrospect I’m kind of glad I didn’t. (Besides, I like to think TDOY sort of transcends the traditional movie blog—after all, I cover classic television and old-time radio, too.)
I have nothing but the highest praise for the LAMB administrator—the hardest working man in the movie blog bidness, Dylan “Fletch” Fields—but at the risk of being defriended on Facebook, I’ve always been a bit put off by the cliquishness of the whole organization. There’s a tendency on the part of many of the LAMB movie blogs to sort of look upon classic film blogs as the mutts of the cinema blogging bidness (the horror/sci-fi/B-movie blogs are considered mongrels as well); Fields even admitted that he doesn’t read any classic film blogs, and one of the podcast participants, Rachel Truro of Rachel’s Reel Reviews, questioned the need to have as LAMMY categories Best Classic Film Blog or Best Horror/Sci-Fi Blog (equivocating them with Oscar categories like Best Animated Film and Best Foreign Language Film).
Well, I’ll tell ya, Rach—they are there so that I might congratulate longtime TDOY friends like She Blogged by Night (Stacia also got a nom for Best Design), Ed Howard’s Only the Cinema (also nominated—and well deserved—for the Brainiac Award) and Raquelle’s Out of the Past: A Classic Film Blog—all three of which were nominated for Best Classic Film Blog, and The Lightning Bug’s Lair, which scored a nod in the Best Horror/Sci-Fi Blog category. Best wishes also go out to Facebook chum Marilyn Ferdinand of Ferdy on Films for a Brainiac nomination (also well deserved) and to blogroll newcomer Where Danger Lives, which racked up noms as Best Classic Film Blog, Best Design and Best Random LAMB Banner. I tell you, it’s going to be tough choosing between four superlative classic film blogs come voting time—and I’d just like to say that although my vote cannot be bought, I’m certainly not opposed to renting it.
Kudos also go to Chuck Norris Ate My Baby, a nominee for the most important of the LAMMYs: Best Blog Name. If CNAMB doesn’t win this one you'll know the fix is in.