Last night I attended the craft awards for the Streamys and had a pretty great time, though it probably didn’t hurt that the pre-show and post-show receptions combined were longer than the actual ceremony (which clocked in at a brisk 45 minutes).
So in trying to determine the best way to best commemorate the spirit of the awards in print today, I have settled on a tried and true method: bullet points.
• Host Jim Festante did a great job selling his banter, which ranged from decent to great, and he knew how to keep the jokes moving fast. One note that felt off was opening with the statement that the Craft Awards “has a bad reputation,” though. Is two years enough for an awards show to get any sort of reputation? Perhaps.
• The only unscripted moment of the show was when a representative from what I presume to be a web series (as he was accompanied by a cameraman) decided to waltz up to the stage and interrupt the show. As far as show crashers go, this was no “Soy Bomb” — he mostly just wandered around the stage, and it took a few awkward minutes before a tall gentleman or two shooed him out the side exit.
• Festante’s only misstep in handling it was mentioning the name of the show the crashers were involved with more than once — a misstep I’ve avoided here.
• Favorite moment of the entire night: Easy to Assemble‘s Illeana Douglas (who won for Best Product Integration) trying to boo the crasher off stage.
• A surprisingly large amount of the winners were present to receive their awards, with the only notable absences being Green Porno for Best Art Direction and The Secret Life of Scientists for Best Reality or Documentary Web Series.
• What’s further away from Los Angeles, Sweden or Australia? Who knows, but it was still impressive that both Magnus Jansson of The Goob (who won for Best Animation) and Nicholas Carlton, Sophie Tilson and Shanrah Wakefield of OzGirl (who won for Best Foreign Web Series) were able to pick up their awards in person.
• Two-time winners Auto-Tune the News harmonized their first thank you to the Academy, then went spoken word for the second.
• Kevin Pollak, accepting the award for Best Live Production in a Web Series, called it more meaningful than making the front page of the Los Angeles Times.
• All the speeches given were surprisingly humble and short, in keeping with the night’s theme: “Faster faster give out those awards faster!”
• Note perhaps for next year: There could have easily been a short intermission, maybe some sort of musical performance, and the ceremony wouldn’t have felt stretched out at all.
Congrats to all the winners and nominees. The main ceremony this Sunday (which, it was just announced, will be available live via iPhone app) promises to be equally fun — or, at the very least, longer.