I’m starting to get sensible. Heaven forbid. My newfound sensibility meant that I went to sleep at a decent hour last night rather than staying up to watch the 1st Annual Indie Soap Awards. So it’s not the Oscars, or even the MTV Awards, but I’m not invested in the nominees for those awards as much as I am in the Indie Soaps.
I’m not quite so sensible that I hadn’t asked a friend of mine who was in the right timezone to try wake me at 2am. Nor am I that sensible that I didn’t wake up around 2.20am and then again at around 5am with the obvious need to tweet my congratulations because yes…ANYONE BUT ME WON!!!
Of the ten that they were nominated for they walked away with four awards. I know that people who are nominated for awards are very much, ‘It’s an honour just to be nominated…’ and I know that the mere act of someone acknowledging your work is an amazing feeling, but thankfully I’m a fan so you know I can cheer as loudly and unapologetically as I like!
Firstly, hats off to Susan Miller and Tina Cesa Ward for winning Best Writing and Best Storyline. The screenplay awards are always the ones that I pay attention to during awards season. I know that film and tv are visual mediums but without the basis of a great story then all the visuals in the world aren’t going to do you any good. I love the writing on this show. That’s not a secret. That they can deliver a story that completely engulfs you in those moments that it’s on your screen is testament to how excellent the writing is. Truly thrilled that they won this over all the other ones they were nominated for.
Again, it’s no secret that I believe the ABM cast to be amongst the most ridiculously talented concentration of people in any one place. I’m not the only one because Jessy Hodges, Nicole Pacent, Josh Holland, and Rachael Hip-Flores were all nominated for awards, as well as a nomination for the entire cast. Now, unfortunately they missed out on the ensemble award and Jessy Hodges and Nicole Pacent also lost out in their categories, but then Laura Linney’s been nominated three times for an Oscar and still no gold statue on her mantlepiece so you know, sometimes it takes time. I am sure there are many awards in the future of this great group.
Josh Holland and Rachael Hip-Flores won in their respective categories and I couldn’t be more over the moon. Archibald and Vivian are two of my favourite characters, not just on the show but in my entire viewing life – and I have logged many hours. Initially I was concerned when I saw who the other nominees in the Leading Actress category were. Now I have every faith in the talent of Rachael Hip-Flores, heck I think she could probably pilot a space shuttle to the moon if she wanted to…if you showed her how to turn the engine on. Possibly. Maybe. It’s not as though I’d seen any of the other performances either, but Tatyana Ali! Who didn’t love her as Ashley in the Fresh Prince of Bel Air? Oscar has proven that the sentimental vote often grabs the award.
I didn’t have to worry though. Thankfully, and quite rightly, the awarding panel saw exactly what every ABM viewer has seen over this past year – two of the most talented young actors of their generation loving what it is they do and being brilliant at it. If the talent of these two wasn’t enough, the fact that they are quite possibly two of the nicest people in life is more than enough. Honestly, I’m sure the other nominees are talented and lovely, but as people – these two are pretty hard to surpass. It’s kinda ridiculous.
I realise that likening these awards to the Oscars before the sponsorship and designer gowns and everything else took over is a bit of a stretch. However, it feels like these awards could be the beginning of something that big. I don’t doubt, having seen some of the online programming being produced – many recognised by these awards, that the web series is the next step in the evolutionary chain. That at the relative beginning of it there are shows as wonderful as ABM and Imaginary Bitches and Seeking Simone, to name but a few, means that I can’t wait for what the future holds for this medium.
I know that I must do the head in of everyone I have nagged into voting for ABM over the past few months (and will do again once the Streamys are announced – don’t doubt that) but awards get people’s attention. More importantly, they bring in money. It’s a tried and tested method. For all those people who complain that the eps of ABM are too short, get the word out there about ABM and show potential sponsors that there’s an audience and once they get enough sponsorship I guarantee they will be more than happy to make you longer eps.
For now I’m glad that these awards exist. Each recipient thanked their fans for watching, and it is the opinion of those who don’t have a personal stake in seeing you succeed that matters. However, I’m sure it’s also nice to receive an award every now again. Okay none of the winners may admit that but then that’s the advantage of being a fan – I can say it.
Congrats to all the nominees and all the winners, but especially to the cast and crew that has me begging for more every time – ABM I am so so so glad you’re starting to get the recognition you deserve! Every success belongs to you!