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My friend Quincy Jones says we won our first Grammys together in 1963. I have no recollection. I don't even remember the room. When he showed me the picture, I remembered what I wore. But it's like awards don't mean anything.
Except that awards are competitive, which is a negative thing, they are wonderful for singling out deserving individuals and bringing their work to the attention of many potential readers who might otherwise have been totally unaware of them.
Joyce Carol Oates
Books don't live and die by awards. You don't listen to an Hector Lavoe album because it won some awards.
Up there with my awards, I have a great big statue of Groucho Marx, just to put everything in perspective.
At the Academy Awards every year, there are best-dressed stars - and worst-dressed stars. But it's the worst-dressed that go down in history.
Overall, we've lost risk-takers on the red carpet at the Academy Awards. All too often, stars play it safe.
I sing really well, my friends say. I don't like my voice, but I sang on stage during the Sahara awards a few years ago, so I don't mind singing.
There's that unwritten schism that literary writers get all the awards and commericals writers get all the success.
I sometimes wonder how many of these lifetime achievement awards you can accept before you have to do the decent thing and die.
I could have a roomful of awards and it wouldn't mean beans.
Because Olivia Newton-John wasn't from Nashville, they didn't like her winning our awards. I've got no complaints.
I always look back to awards shows and think about being a kid watching them.
Do awards change careers? Well, I haven't heard of many stories where that's the case. It's a fun excuse to meet colleagues and celebrate people who've done well that year in certain people's eyes, and it's nothing more than that.
I've won some awards. 'Time' magazine designated me as one of the environmental heroes of the 20th century. Oh, and I've got some honorary citizenships, like from the Conch Republic of the Florida Keys. But the one thing I am proud of is I didn't get the Chevron environmental award. Never did get that one.
There are two things that create opportunities. One is being involved with something that makes money, and the other is winning awards. And the reason that winning the awards creates the opportunities is because it gives the people who are selling the picture the opportunity to make more money.
This is going to sound completely absurd, but I do sometimes feel like the enjoyment of an awards ceremony or the pride in the finished article hasn't ever surpassed the joy of doing the work, of making it. The doing it is really the bit I'm there for.
My kids can't eat awards.
The reason most comedies don't win awards is that the filmmakers put the comedy first. This means you have to create a story around the jokes.
First of all, I never make a movie for awards consideration.
Awards are lovely and always welcome.
Max von Sydow
I always had a larger view. I'm interested in real life - my family, my friends. I have tried never to define myself by my success, whatever that is. My happiness is way beyond roles and awards.
Fact is, awards shows were never really about recognizing achievement. They were a publicity ploy cooked up in the late 1920s by MGM topper Louie Mayer and his newly formed Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences which was itself, back in the day, nothing but a front organization to discourage unionizing.
Between speeches and awards, you can find something to do every other week. It's hard to write. Your focus gets splintered. Once you put one thing in your calendar, that month is gone.
The British Fashion Awards gives us the chance to commend not only the winners but celebrate all of the individuals that contribute to the incredible achievements that make London the best fashion destination in the world.
I love getting presents. And awards. I'd do whatever they told me to do.
John F. Kennedy
Martin Luther King, Jr.
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