Loser: NBCs "The Playboy Club" and MTVs "Skins." Both shows promised to scandalize audiences and bring in younger viewers by the truckload. Both of them were so badly made they turned off viewers as well as advertisers by the truckload. Both shows have been deposited at the town dump.
Winner: Ben Shapiro, for his book "Primetime Propaganda," which laid out a long history of Hollywood's propagandizing (and censorship of conservative actors and producers) that he mastered despite being only 27 years old. Shapiro's stories of leftist intolerance (Actors like Fred Thompson aren't exactly welcomed on the set of TV shows like "Law & Order.") were eye opening.
Winner: Fifteen-year-old high school wrestler Joel Northrup, who caused a national controversy for taking the old-fashioned position that it was disrespectful to enter a wrestling ring with a girl at the state tournament in Iowa. Although he entered the tournament with a commanding 35-4 record, Joel forfeited rather than violate his religious principles against Cassy Herkelman. This conflict could repeat itself in a few months, and no one should doubt he will make the same stand.
Loser: Adam Mansbach, the author of the children's picture book titled "Go the F*** to Sleep." Designed to make under-slept parents laugh, it makes "comedians" like Mansbach sound desperate for a cheap laugh. Barnes & Noble helpfully recommended to buyers other tomes in this genre. They hope you'll also enjoy other literary works of high art like "S- My Dad Says," "Farts," and "(A-Words) Finish First."
Winner: Emilio Estevez, for stepping outside the Tinseltown comfort zone to make a love letter of a film called "The Way." No studio chief was going to greenlight a movie about Christian pilgrims hiking the "Camino" to the shrine of the apostle James in northwestern Spain. But Estevez made the film anyway, and cast his father Martin Sheen in the lead role.
Estevez told the EWTN network "Hollywood is a very difficult place to be earnest and be heartfelt. And I am not interested in making films that are anything but. There's a lot of vulgarity in films. There's a lot of violence, casual sex -- things that make me uncomfortable watching -- and I'm not interested in perpetuating that message."
That deserves another ovation at year's end.