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PR Awards Round Up

We’re seeing lots of news about award winners. Here’s a round up for your bragging pleasure.

The Diamond and Gold SABRE Awards have been handed out. Among the winners were GM and Weber Shandwick for Excellence in PR in the C-Suite; Starbucks and Edelman for brand building; and IBM for B-to-B marketing. A list of SABRE winners is available here and here.

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We Were in the Lounge for the Shorty Awards

The Shorty Awards were handed out last night at the Times Center in New York, with award winners including New York’s Mayor Michael Bloomberg for Foursquare Mayor of the Year; Justin Bieber for music; and Occupy Wall Street for activism.

Hosted by The Daily Show‘s Samantha Bee and hubby IRL Jason Jones (left). According to the couple, they were happy to host and “honored to be away from their kids.”

A list of all the winners is available here and photos from the event have been posted on Flickr. (Separate from the awards themselves, this awful thing happened after “The Misadventures of an Awkward Black Girl” won. Shameful and disgusting.)

Still not sure what all the fuss is about? Click through.

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Win $100K at the Cannes Lions

The Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation have put together a challenge to communicators worldwide to take two pieces of paper and “help change the world.”

Grand Challenges Explorations: Aid is Working. Tell the World asks any individual, team, agency, or company to submit a communications idea simply expressed on just two pages of A4 paper. The brief calls for “new and innovative ways of telling the real story behind global aid.”

Up for grabs is $100,000 for the development of your idea, and the chance to be mentored by the Grand Prix Winners from Cannes Lions 2011 — top advertising and communications professionals from around the world — a group dubbed the ‘Cannes Chimera‘.

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Bracket Madness: 5 Others to Play This March

Leave it to the PR people at Challenger, Gray and Christmas to throw a wet blanket over our workplace fun.  According to the employment outplacement firm, we’re going to spend a hell of a lot of time online at work this month, hogging bandwidth, cheering, crying, and finally setting fire to our March Madness Bracket printouts.  But what of the other things that need to be promoted in a winner-take-all format?

We’ve assembled five other brackets for your consideration, three of broad appeal and two of local interest to show the varying ways we can heap adoration or scorn on the things we follow.  Pencils ready?

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PRWeek Award Winners Announced

PRWeek handed out its annual awards last night in New York City. Among the winners: Ketchum for “Agency of the Year”; IBM for “Campaign of the Year” and “B2B Campaign of the Year” for putting its super-computer Watson on Jeopardy!; and Edelman and the Trojan brand of products won for “Consumer Launch Campaign of the Year.”

For a complete list of winners, click here. Congrats to all!

 

From Octavia Spencer’s Big Win to JLo’s Nipple, Hollywood’s Leading Ladies Generate Oscar Buzz

Hollywood’s leading ladies usually are the talk of the Oscars, if only because of our insatiable interest in what they’re wearing to the big event. But last night, perhaps more than normal, the women of Hollywood generated a whole lot of talk for other reasons both good and bad.

On the good side, you have the wins for Octavia Spencer (Best Supporting Actress) and Meryl Streep (Best Actress). Viola Davis was also the talk of the town both for her choice to go with a natural hairstyle and because she was the expected Best Actress winner.

Once again, the women from the nominated film Bridesmaids had everyone taking shots at the mere mention of Scorsese. And Maya Rudolph and Kristen Wiig went there with their talk about movie (and weiner) size. Video after the jump, ICYMI, or if you just want to watch it again.

On the not-so-positive side, Jennifer Lopez may have taken her cleavage too far this time and spurred a conversation about a possible wardrobe malfunction. Her stylist says no way.

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Party Pooping Oscar Academy May Ban Sacha Baron Cohen

The Oscars are old-timey and kind of dumb. That’s the conclusion one could draw from the pot o’ ridiculous they’ve stirred up with Sacha Baron Cohen. Or they’re just big party poopers, which, for Hollywood, is just as bad.

Cohen, who stars in the multi-nominated film Hugo, had requested permission from the Academy to walk the red carpet dressed as the main character in his upcoming movie, The Dictator. In that film, he plays Supreme Leader Shabazz Aladeen who has promised to keep democracy far away from his country. (The website is genius.) The plan was for Cohen to enter the awards ceremony in costume and then change into a tuxedo.

According to Deadline Hollywood, which broke the story yesterday (that link also included in today’s Ticker), the Academy effectively banned the actor from the event by taking away his tickets because they feel the stunt would make a mockery of their fancypants soiree.

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Three People Getting Unexpected Buzz From the Grammys

Last night’s Grammy awards generated press for some very obvious reasons. Awards were handed out, which always gets attention. It drew the second-highest number of viewers in the history of the broadcast. Famous people got dressed up. Ooh and ahh. And there were live performances, which leaves the door open for the hot messitude that was Nicki Minaj’s “exorcism” as well as the loveliness that was Jennifer Hudson’s tribute to Whitney Houston.

But the Grammys are also creating unexpected buzz for some lucky/unlucky buzz-getters.

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Deadlines, Tips for Winning the Cannes Lions

The Cannes Lions is open for entries and the deadline for submissions in the PR category is March 9. There are also new categories that PR agencies might be interested in trying out for. PR winners will be announced Monday, June 18. The festival will take place June 17 through the 23.

Hopefully PR entrants will fare a little better this year. In 2011, there was some static over the selection of an ad agency as the PR category winner. At the time, Porter Novelli‘s Israel Mirsky told us the the PR industry was still learning how to pull together a winning submission. Last year’s PR Lions Jury president and Fleishman-Hillard CEO Dave Senay is here to help with the video above outlining what it takes to win. Take notes folks.

First-Ever PR Daily Awards Closes Feb. 3

PR Daily and Ragan.com are handing out the first PR Daily Awards this year, with the grand prize winner receiving 10 free registrations to any of Ragan Communications’ conferences in 2012 or 2013.

Prizes will be handed out in a wide range of categories including Best Product Launch and Best Facebook Page. Each winner in those categories will receive a free registration. The grand prize will be handed out for the Best PR Campaign of 2011.

Judges include Reuters financial reporter and blogging editor Felix Salmon; Carlos Dominguez, SVP at Cisco; and Altimeter Group’s Jeremiah Owyang.

Click here for more info on entering. Winners will be announced the week of May 21.

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