Apparently it’s that time of year again.
In addition to awards being given in each filmmaking genre, the [Burbank International Film] festival will also honor Michelle Nichols with a Lifetime Achievement Award, Danny Woodbury with the Diversity Award, and Jane Seymour with the Awareness Award. In recognition of the 15th anniversary of 9/11, the festival will honor a veteran from World War II, and one from Iraq/Afghanistan. Hal Albert (WWII) and Doug Woodhams (Iraq and Afghanistan) will both receive the Act of Valor Award. New this year, in recognition of director Garry Marshall, the inaugural Garry Marshall Spirit Award will be a continuing tribute to his life and legacy, and will be presented to a different recipient every year.
What do valorous veterans have to do with films or film festivals, and what do veterans of any kind have to do with 9/11? This is all nothing but mawkish pandering.
There’s a right way and a wrong way to do things, and so why do it at all if you can’t (or won’t) do it right? Or does this crowd not even know? It’s such an embarrassment; just so culturally and intellectually degrading.