Making Awards Ceremonies Sparkle

This is a big surprise. I don’t agree with the concept of award ceremonies, but I’m prepared to make an exception for the ones I’m nominated for. The last time there was a naked man covered in gold paint in my house, it was me.

—Banksy, British graffiti artist

Hosting and presenting awards ceremonies, even modest ones, is one of the toughest presentational roles you can take on.

Awards presentations come in all shapes and sizes, from small lunchtime events to huge evening extravaganzas with spectacular entertainment, lighting, and effects. They all have some things in common, most importantly the reasons why people are there.

Even the most cynical people, such as the graffiti artist Banksy, value ...

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