Later this week, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is scheduled to hold their 81st Academy Awards in Hollywood, California. While the Oscars is the premiere awards ceremony for the United States film industry, in recent years a variety of other awards ceremonies have begun to proliferate across the calendar to recognize members of the film industry in a variety of similar categories to the Oscars.
Recently, sociologist Joel Best has written an article describing the proliferation of awards in society ranging from professional awards found in disciplines like Sociology to the Oscars to community awards for the “best” of something in a particular community.
81st Annual Academy Awards
Joel Best describes “prize proliferation.”