Okay. So the Tony Awards are named after Antoinette Perry,
who was an actress, director & producer. Not to mention being a co-founder of
the American Theatre Wing.
And according to Hollywood legend,
the Oscars was named by Margaret Herrick. In her role as the first librarian at the Academy
of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences,
Margaret was among the first to see the golden statuette which MGM artists had created
for this industry awards ceremony. And as she gazes at that little bald man (who
stands on a reel of film while holding a sword), Ms. Herrick was reportedly
heard to remark "He looks just like my Uncle Oscar."
The cover for the program used at the first AcademyAwards ceremony back in May of 1929. CopyrightAMPAS. All rights reserved
And as for the Emmys ... Would you believe that the moniker for
this award actually came from the feminization of "immy" ? Which is
the nickname that TV technicians gave to those image orthicon tubes which used
to power early television cameras. Though -- for a while there in the late 1940s
-- the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences did toy with calling this
award the Ike.
So why am I telling you all this stuff about how these
entertainment awards got their names? Because Radio Disney -- the No. 1,
24-hour radio network devoted to kids, tweens and families - announced just
last week that it will be launching its very own awards event. With the initial
ceremony for the Radio Disney Music Awards being held at the Nokia Theatre L.A.
LIVE on April 27th.
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Now you can't have an awards ceremony unless you have some
sort of cool-looking statuette to then award to your winners. Which is why late
last year, Radio Disney officials reached out the artists who work for Disney Design
Group and then asked them to come up with some concepts for this award.
Sixteen different artists submitted designs. But -- in the
end -- it was Lin Shih's idea that Radio Disney officials liked best. Given
that Lin is a former DJ (not to mention being a huge music fan), this Disney
Design Group production artist felt that it was crucial that the RDMA statuette
be standing on a turntable while wearing a set of headphones. More importantly,
to make sure that this trophy have a distinctive look which then represented
the past, present and the future of The Walt Disney Company, Shih made the
Radio Disney Music Awards statuette a custom 12" Vinylmation figure.
So now Radio Disney has a cool-looking statuette to give
away at its April 27th awards ceremony. But what it doesn't have (right now,
anyway) is a memorable name for this trophy. Something short, sweet and snappy
like Tony, Emmy or Oscar.
So this is where you folks come in. Starting tomorrow (i.e.
Monday, March 4th), Radio Disney will be giving its fans the chance to name the
Music Awards statuette. All you have to do to take part is log on to www.Facebook.com/RadioDisney
through March 10th and then vote for your favorite name. The winning name will
be announced on March 11th.
Oh, and if you're a Disney Vinylmation collector who just
has to have your very own copy of the RDMA statuette, I've been told that there
will be a limited release of this Lin
Shih-designed figure in the not-so-distant future. With 2500 3" versions of
this collectible being made available for purchase at D Street someday very
So what do you think the Radio Disney Music Awards statuette
should be called? And please don't say Mouscar. The Walt Disney Company actually
already has an in-house award which is named that. It's given to people who've
long been associated with Disney (EX: Richard M and Robert B Sherman) whose creative
contributions have had a lasting impact on the Company's legacy.
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Sooo ... Any thoughts?
EDITOR'S NOTE: If it were up to me, I'd go with Mortimer (which was supposedly the first name that Walt came up with for the character he created to replace Oswald the Lucky Rabbit. Luckily, his wife Lillian disliked Mortimer. Which is why she then persuaded Walt to call his new mouse character Mickey) or Julius (who was the cat character who appeared alongside Alice in all of Walt's "Alice in Cartoonland" shorts).
The Mousic Awards ("Music" + "Mouse").
Looking at the award I think the best name is (as of $:47pm Hawaii time) is the Disney "Radiomation" Award.
Sherman, it's a music award. Name it after some of the greatest disney mucisians ever.
My first thought was to call it the "Ub" or the "Ubbie", to give credit to the guy who actually first drew the Mouse. But why not just give credit to the person who deisgned it and call it the "Linnie"?
In case anyone was wondering, Disney decided to name the award the "Ardy". Sounds to me like a prefect name for a cartoon armadillo. :)