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The Golden Lotus Awards Ceremony, known better as the “Golden Lotuses”, is an annual event awarding employees in the Film industry. The official founder and owner of the ceremony is the Yamatai National Film Institute(YNFI). The best known are rewarded for “Best Actor/Actress”, “Best Director” and “Best Picture”.
After the creation of Universal Cinematics in YE 03 and Stardust Pictures in YE 10, the Yamatai National Film Institute saw the need for an official reward show for the Film industry. Before the Golden Lotus, the YNFI had occasionaly handed out Special Achievement rewards to Actors and Directors, but this had not been a centralised ceremony.
The first Golden Lotus Awards were held in YE 11, at the Empress Hotel in Geshrinopolis. A mere 220 people were in attendance, mostly because of the high price of 15 KS (50 KS in YE 38). A total number of 12 awards were handed out. Since the destruction of the city in YE 25 and it replacement of Kyoto, the award ceremony is held at the Cosmos Theatre at the Hoshiutsu Studios. A special achievement was awarded to Producer Kelo Mati in YE 27, to commentate his efforts in the building of Hoshiutsu Studios and his efforts to relaunch the Golden Lotus ceremony.
The ceremony of YE 19 was the heaviest, with the collapse of Universal Cinematics. Nevertheless, in that year 7 new awards were created, mostly designed for the technical part of Filmmaking. Three special achievements were awarded to the former owners of Universal in YE 21, to commentate their work as pioneers of the Yamatai film industry.
In YE 22, two other awards were created, for Animation films. Since YE 32, a special award is rewarded to foreign films, to encourage the international cooperation of Filmmakers, and two special awards for debut and juvenile actors were also created.
Although the quality of the ceremony has retained through time, the Awards have undergone several drastic changes over the years. During the first ceremonies, for example, an Actor or Director was awarded for all his work during the period of two years. In YE 14, however, it was decided that nominees would be awarded for a single performance in one film, and the distinction between Primary and Supporting role was separated for acting.
Another change has been the reporting of the annual nominees. While in the first ceremonies, the nominees were announced in late March, the nominees are currently revealed as early as January, out of fear of leaking to the media. This has attributed to a rise of “early nominee hysteria”, as the long span between announcement and rewarding has become significantly longer than earlier.
The best known statuette for Film, the Golden Lotus, officially the “Golden Lotus Award for Achievement in Film-making”, is depicted as a golden Lotus flower, the symbol of the Ketsurui Clan and the Yamatai Star Empire, on a pedestal with a film reel at the base. The statuette, originally, were gold-plated and made of solid copper. Since YE 19, the statuette is made of gold-plated Britannia metal, weighs 3.8 kg (8.37 lbs) and is 27 cm (10.62 in) tall from base to top.
All the statuettes are produced three to four months in advance of the ceremony, at the Kotshein Foundry in Central Uesureya, the same company as for those of the Marble House Awards, Soul Awards and Stellar Awards, among other award ceremonies. The company also retains the original mold of the statuette from YE 11.
In order to prevent leaking of the winner before the ceremony, all the statuettes presented have blank base-plates. After the winner has collected their award, the baseplate is instantly engraved by an automatic laser inscription. The first ceremony, however, had all the awards engraved with all potential winners. The remaining awards were recycled afterwards.
Since YE 19, ownership of Golden Lotus statuettes is retained by the winners, encumbered that they will not be sold to any third parties without the offer to return them to the YNFI for 1 KS. Any recipient not agreeing to this will have their statuette legally owned by the Institute. Any awards granted before this rule, are open for auctioning. This has happened with the Golden Lotus Award for Best Director for “The Night Elves” in YE 13, which was sold for 55,000 KS in YE 35. It also happened to the Best Picture award for The Red Bonnet from YE 14, which was sold for 85,000 KS in YE 39.
The rules for nomination of a Golden Lotus is reserved to a large jury of 5,258 members of the Yamatai National Film Institute. Each branch of the YNFI vote for their own respective branches.
There are several regulations, written up in different years, about the nomination of a candidate. Per rules 1 to 3 of the Official Golden Lotus Regulations finalised in YE 17, with limited adjustments from YE 32, a film must have been released during the year of the Ceremony; the film must have a consecutive screen-time of at least 30 minutes, except short film awards; and the film must run in theatres for at least 7 consecutive days, exceptions again for short films.
Any producer must file an Award Eligibility Form for the feature and personnel involved to be eligible for nomination before an official deadline, otherwise the feature will be illegible for nomination that year.
The eligible nominations of that year are than transferred to all the members of the YNFI. In order to prevent unequal winning, only members of each specific branch may vote for their own branch (actors vote for actors, directors vote for directors, and so on). The only exception is the award for “Best Picture”, which is voted upon by all the members.
The Ceremony is given extensive marketing, especially the weeks before. The announcement of the ceremony is given up to three months before the proceedings itself. Several big companies, such as Origin Industries and Tamahagane Corporation invest heavily in the ceremony, to sponsor the event. Even the Ketsurui Clan sponsor the event, which happened in YE 37 when Empress Himiko personally visited the ceremony. The YNFI also permits the Empress for the handing out of “Special Achievements”, although these are rare and reserved for all-round praised films only, mostly handed out in the subsequent Imperial Honour Awards.
The first Award Ceremony was broadcast only on Planet Yamatai, but since the fourth ceremony in YE 15, the ceremony has been broadcast throughout the Yamatai Star Empire. The ceremony is held a mere eight weeks after the announcement of the nominees, placing it in early March. It presents the opening of the “ Awards Season”, which ends in early July of the that year. The invited guests are subject on wearing black tie for men, and a dress for women. The winner of the “Best Original Song” perform on stage. Several special segments were first included in YE 19, and have since expanded to include: 'In Memoriam', 'Memorable Classical Scenes' and short exerts of the previous' ceremony.
The date of the ceremony has been postponed a number of times, such as in YE 19, due to the bankruptcy of Universal Cinematics three weeks prior. In YE 25 the ceremony was cancelled altogether due to the destruction of Geshrinopolis, and in YE 34 the ceremony was moved two months later due to The Battle of Yamatai the preceding year.
The first location of the Awards was at the Empress Hotel, in downtown Geshrinopolis. The hotel had only place for 250 invitations. The subsequent ceremonies were alternated between two locations: the Star Theatre and the Firefly Concert Hall. Since the building of Kyoto in YE 26, the ceremony is held at the Cosmos Theatre, with place for 580 invitations, except in YE 31, when it was held at the Kyoto Tower Hotel to celebrate the Awards' twentieth anniversary, which saw a host of over 1200 invitations, twice the normal rate. The venues are heavily decorated with film posters of that years' nominees, and the 'Red Carpet' pre-show has one of the biggest press ensembles of any award show.
The awards can be roughly divided by several events, such as the first ceremony in YE 11, the eligibility change in YE 14, the Technical Awards creation in YE 19, the Animation Awards creation in YE 22, and the Foreign film inclusion in YE 32.
Several categories were awarded during one year or a couple of years, but were later cut for eligibility or merging reasons.
Yearly, the Board of Directors of the YNFI meet to discuss and consider new award categories. There are a few rejected proposal to date:
The following is a list of films and moviemakers who have won or have been nominated for a Golden Lotus up to the 29th Golden Lotus Award Ceremony of YE 40. Films Awarded with “Best Picture” are in Italic.
|Dark Forces Rising||YE 34||9||12|
|The Last Voyage of the Challenger||YE 24||8||8|
|Galactic Tales: Wrath of the Boghur||YE 37||7||11|
|The Blue Moon||YE 21||7||9|
|The Cabinet||YE 15||7||9|
|Agent Henry: The Red Arrow Plot||YE 13||7||8|
|Tragedy of the Great Plague||YE 28||7||7|
|The Last Battleship||YE 31||6||10|
|The Red Bonnet||YE 14||6||9|
|The Night Elves||YE 13||6||8|
|Galactic Conflict: Outsider||YE 30||6||7|
|Adventures of the Tin Man||YE 30||6||6|
|Invasion form Beyond||YE 27||6||6|
|Galactic Tales: Reign of Terror||YE 28||5||11|
|Invasion From Beyond||YE 27||5||8|
|Mud, Blood, and Battle||YE 39||5||7|
|Professor Yuko and the Book of Agibas||YE 39||5||6|
|Time Travellers||YE 23||5||6|
|Magic Spell||YE 19||4||9|
|The Night Elves Reborn||YE 15||4||7|
|Crisis in Galactic City||YE 28||4||6|
|Letters of Love: New Generation||YE 38||4||5|
|The Cabinet Falls||YE 17||4||5|
|Yui's Gamble||YE 40||4||4|
|Agent Henry White & Gold||YE 17||4||4|
|Dark Woods||YE 38||3||7|
|Train Robber: Last Heist||YE 14||3||6|
|Professor Yuko and the Secret of The Tomb||YE 37||3||5|
|Train Robber: King's Jewels||YE 12||3||4|
|Letters of Love||YE 23||3||3|
|Beyond Dark||YE 38||2||7|
|Agent Henry: Battle Royale||YE 25||2||6|
|Red Bonnet: Final Shot||YE 22||2||5|
|Double Vendetta||YE 34||2||4|
|The Knights of Henry||YE 31||2||4|
|Time Recall||YE 21||2||3|
|Galactic Conflict: Fire & Ashes||YE 35||2||3|
|Chaos Theory||YE 39||2||2|
|Time Travellers 4: Final Destiny||YE 29||2||2|
|Galactic Tales: Ancient's Prophecy||YE 31||1||5|
|Agent Henry: Last Men of the Emperor||YE 32||1||5|
|Fury Racers 2||YE 30||1||3|
|The Cabinet Begins||YE 14||1||3|
|City Murders||YE 30||1||2|
|Double Vendetta 2: Back in Action||YE 36||1||2|
|The Dummies||YE 32||1||2|
|Iron Machines||YE 27||1||1|
|Tin Man Returns||YE 38||1||1|
|The Kind Heart||YE 39||1||1|
|Letters of Love: Final Goodbye||YE 27||0||7|
|Sound of Love||YE 14||0||5|
|See You Again||YE 19||0||4|
|The Ants||YE 29||0||3|
|Galactic Conflict: Resurgence||YE 38||0||3|
|The Life of Kenji||YE 36||0||2|
|Aliens 3||YE 35||0||2|
|Tin Man 2||YE 33||0||1|
|F||Elisabeth Vanders||YE 19, YE 22, YE 27, YE 36||4||8|
|M||Ronald Makron||YE 15, YE 17, YE 29, YE 35||4||6|
|M||Horothi Mana||YE 15, YE 19, YE 30||3||9|
|F||Shintati Moke||YE 24, YE 28, YE 31||3||7|
|M||Hans Safron||YE 12, YE 20, YE 22||3||6|
|F||Izuku Kane||YE 30, YE 34, YE 38||3||3|
|F||Lucie Trondor||YE 18, YE 29||2||5|
|M||Eguchi Ebei||YE 14, YE 19||2||4|
|M||Frederick Nutbon||YE 16, YE 35||2||3|
|F||Isabelle Meller||YE 13, YE 32||2||3|
|M||Sonoda Kato||YE 20, YE 33||2||3|
|F||Kishate Jeko||YE 11, YE 23||2||2|
|M||Keroro Makena||YE 18, YE 25||2||2|
|M||Mayiki Ragho||YE 38||1||4|
|M||Harry Trent||YE 39||1||3|
|Taketa Mishu||YE 13, YE 17, YE 25, YE 32||4||6|
|Eric Milner||YE 12, YE 14, YE 18||3||4|
|Henry Stafford||YE 24, YE 34||2||6|
|David Carter||YE 15, YE 39, YE 40||3||6|
|Mekoso Joki||YE 23, YE 29||2||4|
|Rithi Mello||YE 15, YE 19||2||4|
|Carl Makron||YE 28, YE 31||2||3|
|Billy Marshal||YE 26,YE 36||2||3|
|Jougo Honaka||YE 33, YE 37||2||2|
|Charles Hayes||YE 22, YE 35||2||2|
|Seizuko Kani||YE 30||1||4|
|Yinko Mai||YE 27||1||4|
|Lucas Manny||YE 11||1||3|
|George Harrot||YE 38 (Posthumous)||1||3|
|Chris Marcus||YE 37(Posthumous)||1||2|
|Johannes Wilhelmus||Original Score||11||17|
|Juliette Haker||Costume Design||9||14|
|Miri Kajet||Costume Design||8||10|
|Henry Murrel||Visual Effects||8||9|
|Ikama Yoyo||Original Screenplay||7||10|
|Yumihi Eijo||Adapted Screenplay||7||8|
|Hansel Stammer||Original Score||6||9|
|Ka Miti||Film Editing||6||7|
|Hogona Shati||Adapted Screenplay||5||8|
|Jigato Mar||Visual Effects||5||6|
|Benjamin Bartolomeus||Sound Design||5||5|
|Horace Mughthorn||Production Design||4||9|
|Kori Magani||Original Screenplay||4||7|
|Hishaten Moga||Production Design||4||6|
|Rosha Korono||Adapted Screenplay||4||5|
|Migatho Yoshi||Production Design||4||4|
|Lighathe Nemro||Sound Design||4||4|
|Frank Jonas||Sound Mixing||3||4|
|Harry Tarolton||Adapted Screenplay||3||3|
|Tiffany Trent||Original Song||3||3|
|Tikati Mo||Sound Mixing||3||3|
|Giovanni Michaelo||Original Score||2||6|
|Luke Mirage||Original Screenplay||2||5|
|Litika Avie||Adapted Screenplay||2||5|
|Johann Diems||Visual Effects||2||4|
|Alex Demsby||Original Score||2||3|
|Edward Keaton||Film Editing||2||2|
|Jonathan Newer||Original Score||1||4|
|Carry Keaton||Adapted Screenplay||1||2|
|Yukate Maro||Production Design||1||2|
The following is a list of events either associated with the annual Golden Lotus Ceremony:
This list are the versions of ceremonies resembling the Golden Lotus in foreign nations:
This page was originally created on 2016/06/04 12:49 by Yoerik. This page was inspired by the Academy Awards, soo all the credits go to the AMPAS and associated organisations.