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We Won the Pop Culture Award at the Irish Blog Awards!

We won the Best Pop Culture Blog prize at the Irish Blog Awards! I had a “Melissa Leo” moment at the podium (it was the first award of the night and I was really not expecting it), so I thought I might clarify some of my thanks and articulate them in a more sophisticated fashion.

That is, one which isn’t a deep piercing sound growing from my lower gut which sounds a little like the opening notes of the CSI: Miami theme song.

I’d like to thank Damien and the team for organising the awards. It’s deadly. Recognition is great when it comes from anyone – be it your boss telling you “you really synergised that paradigm!” or a conversational drunk at your bus stop telling you that you smell like the first roses of spring – but it means a lot to come from the people who do what you do. People who know what it’s like to stare at an empty page and wonder “what the hell am I going to write now?” or “there’s no chance anybody will ready this!” Recognition from people who do what you do, and are the best at what you do, means a lot. This was the last awards that they will organise – so it means a lot to have won.

I’d also like to thank my fellow nominees. They really are a stunning bunch, and it was an honour to be nominated alongside them. If you haven’t checked them out, you should:

Also the sponsors, movies.ie, who make this possible. Thanks for sponsoring the category.

And, of course, to the person known anonymously on this blog as “better half.” Thanks for your continuing support, honest opinions and well-practiced typo-spotting (not that it’s too difficult).

And, to you guys, for reading and commenting. I honestly appreciate every opinion I read here, and you guys make the blog what it is. Thanks guys.

24 Responses

  1. Wow wow wow, you got some serious hardware to display now! Congratulations on the well deserved recognition for all your hard work Darren! Definitely one of the most insightful movie blog on the entire interweb.

  2. Congratulations! You really deserve it.

  3. Congratulations Sir. Well deserved indeed. You’re the James Brown of the blogosphere. If I had a nickel for everytime I noticed you’d popped back up to the top of my feed and went “Fuck again?” I’d have a lot of nickels. It’d be impressive if they WEREN’T ALWAYS such well written fare, which they are, exceedingly so.

    So in summary thanks for making the rest of us look lazy ; ). And all kidding aside it’s great to see the good guys win.


  4. Congrats on your well deserved win! Sorry I never got to say hi.

  5. Congratulations Darren, well deserved. It’s good to see hard work acknowledged. Here’s to 2011.

  6. That’s a fantastic achievement, and one exceptionally well-earned too. My sincerest congratulations.

    And my thanks for your recent words on the topic of “to blog or not to blog?”. They made alot more sense than mine did, and I really do appreciate you taking the time to add them.

    Most importantly, well done for the award. Huzzah!

    • Least I could do. Besides, it was nice to feel that I had something to add to the conversation. I very often feel like you’ve (rather wodnerfully and thoroughly) managed to exhaustively cover the subject – which is, of course, a huge compliment and why I read, but it means my thoughts often feel redundant at best and poorly-advised at worst.

      Thanks for your well-wishes, Colin.

  7. Can I say I called it?

    Anyway, congrats Darren! A much deserved accolade.

  8. Second best news of the weekend this was. Huge congrats Darren.

  9. I’m so sorry I didn’t get to meet you at the awards but rest assured I was delighted for you and cheered extra loud. Very, very much deserved. Congratulations!

    • Sorry I didn’t get to meet you either, but thank you very much. And apologies again for the rambling.

  10. Congo-rats, Darren! You definitely deserve some recognition for running a hell of a blog, my friend. Well done.

  11. Belated congrats, Darren!! So very well-deserved man, and you know I so admire your writing and movie analytical talent. Thanks for always churning out such great posts for us movie lovers.

  12. Congratulation, Darren!
    Irish are really good in blogging about movie. I should visit your blog more often now 😉

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