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Smithee Awards™ XXIX: Plague of Smithee 

Greetings once again, fellow Cinemasochists! After over a year's hiatus (to slow the spread), it's time for another outbreak of The Smithee Awards, the original annual ceremony celebrating So-Bad-They're-(Almost)-Good films that'll make you convulse with hilarity. Or nausea. Or both.

Get ready to take your medicine as you (yes, you) feverishly vote for your favorite bilious Bad Movie clips in 19 deliriously wacky categories, including: Most Ludicrous Premise, Worst Science, "Cutting Butter with a Chainsaw," Worst Special Effect, "Let’s Up the Rating to 'R'," and (naturally) Worst Acting and Worst Picture -- each clip the cinematic equivalent of diarrhea accompanied by a bad cough.

This year, we've a special treat: You'll not only be able to vote online, but Origins is streaming the ceremony via Twitch, a video feed right alongside the live event -- sort of a co-vid. So you don't have to attend Origins 2021 to see us! Still want to join in person? Simply adjust your facemasks, slather on the sanitizer, and join us Friday, October 1st, starting at 7:00pm in the Convention Center Streaming Room. The show runs until about midnight with a 15-minute intermission. You don't need a passport; no quarantine (come and go as you please); no Delta variants or vaccine hesitancy -- the only thing contagious here is the laughter!

THE 29th-3/4ish ANNUAL SMITHEE AWARDS -- It'll be sick!

-Your Host, Bryan "Allen Smithee" Cassidy

What Is Happening?!

Okay. I'm waiting just TEN MORE MINUTES, and if nobody shows up by then, I'm leaving the convention center!

But seriously, as you've probably guessed, because we all seem to have fallen into the plot of one of these films, it looks as if there will be no in-person Smithee Awards in 2020. We are still considering other options/formats. But in the meantime, at least you can expect big changes and updates here at the official Smithee Awards site...a time-consuming project which is proceeding apace: The inclusion of THE ACTUAL CLIPS in the movie detail descriptions! Just drill down to the movie-level from any search (film, gallery, or ceremony), and they'll be there...kinda.

You see, the Smithees didn't go digital until 2003, so any ceremonies before then are not currently supported. I have about 97% of the rest; there were some ceremonies or individual categories that, alas, got corrupted. (The files, I mean -- the ceremonies themselves were always corrupted.) So there may be a clip here and there after '03 that will have to wait.

But wait, there's more! These clips are SPECIAL, because I have learned to be a master captioner! Yes, these clips are captioned for the cinematically impaired. This, by the way, will be the norm going forward in the actual ceremonies; those sound systems can be notoriously distorting, even when the clip itself isn't some degraded soundtrack from 1958. So hopefully, this innovation will spark joy for all, particularly our differently-hearing fans.

And that's not all! Other little improvements abound! The film description pages now have cast and director photos (so you can go "Oooooh! THAT guy!"); much more fleshed-out descriptions of movies, clips, actors, and directors; a captioned photo gallery of covers, posters, and ads (just click on the pic); all the CHEESY TAGLINES; and an expandable/collapsible list of alternate titles (click on an English alternate, and the list of foreign-release titles will expand). Nifty.

My intention is to go largely in alphabetical order, adding all the clips I have in my possession, then re-clipping from original digitized sources for the remainder. I'll keep a progress alert here on the site so you can see when your favorite Smithee clips arrive (bottom right). Currently, that means any clip from a ceremony from 2003 or later that begins with a number/symbol or the letter "A" is probably there already, as well as a few "B"s.

More to come -- stay tuned!

-Your Host, Bryan "Allen Smithee" Cassidy

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