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If the ALA Youth Literary Awards Were More Like The Oscars

Everyone jokes about how the ALA Youth Literary Awards is the Oscars of children's and young adult literature.

I was wondering: what would the ALA Awards look like if they were more like the Oscars?

* Past winners would announce new winners.

* Jake Gyllenhaal would come to ALA New Orleans.

* Winners would get gift bags worth six figures.

* Publishers and magazines would compete with offering lavish parties.

* The winners would be on the cover of national magazines.

Any other ideas?

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  • At 1:14 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Don't forget all the ways the award ceremonies would look the same!

    -Only serious "dramas" would be considered--nothing funny, people. If it made you cry, it's nominated. No nonfiction/documentaries either.

    -Separate awards would be created for actors, directors, and screenwriters of color, because they're never going to win on the big stage.

    -Only movies made in the U.S. of A. would be nominated for Best Picture.

    I dunno -- I look forward to both the Oscars and the Newbery/Caldecott every year and always finish up a bit disappointed. It all feels like a big fat compromise with no risks.

  • At 1:01 PM, Blogger Unknown said…

    Maya is so right. But think of how much better the nominating committee's fashion would be! Out with the sparkly "I Love Books" lapel pins, in with the Vera Wang!

    the onion beat me to it...

    Teacher of the Year Award a Fashion Nightmare


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