From all of us at Awards Radar, we want to wish you a very Happy Thanksgiving. Not only is it one of my favorite holidays (food, football, and usually a film make for a very happy Joey), it’s one that I only have new appreciation for now. Of course, Thanksgiving 2020 was, for most responsible people, a muted affair. I know that I made my first ever Thanksgiving dinner, since it was just not a good idea at all to go see my 80-plus year old grandmother for her delicious cooking. Luckily, my turkey (and especially my gravy) turned out pretty well, but I’m very happy to be going back to her house today. Maybe this year I’ll even get the family to watch one of my awards screeners?
Obviously, last year was a very different animal, but I want to share what I wrote to you all then. Here is the article, with the contents re-posted below in its entirety:
Faithful readers, Happy Thanksgiving one and all! From the bottom of my heart, as well as all of us here at Awards Radar, we wish you nothing but the best. We also wholeheartedly thank you for supporting the site as much as you have so far. It truly means a lot, especially this year, which has not been an easy one. Launching Awards Radar in 2020 is certainly a choice, but the fact that the enthusiasm has been there, especially in the midst of such trying times, warms my heart. In a very real way, I have something new to be thankful for on this Thanksgiving.
Obviously, this is no ordinary Thanksgiving, as COVID-19 has made it impossible to celebrate as normal. Hopefully, you’ve made the painful choice to stay distanced from friends and family, avoiding the large gatherings that make this virus spread. If you are with loved ones, do your best to stay safe, taking the proper precautions. A worse time today will make for a better time tomorrow. For me, while I won’t be feasting on my grandmother’s cooking, she’s happily provided me with her recipes, so I’ll be making my first ever Thanksgiving Dinner. Cross your fingers that I can get her world famous gravy right! If so, it’ll truly be a Turkey Day for the books. Even if I screw it up (I’m a pretty decent cook, so that’s not amazingly likely), I’m taking solace in knowing that I’ve made the proper choice, choosing safety and respect for my fellow citizens over a need to eat delicious food.
Do your best to stay safe, stay happy, and know that we appreciate you so much. Today, on Thanksgiving, and every single day beyond…
This year, we can be thankful that we’re at least mostly on the other side of the pandemic. So, relish the time you’re able to spend with your family that you weren’t last year. Of course, be safe while doing so. If you haven’t already, please get vaccinated. If you have, please get your booster shot. A quick COVID test before and/or after your gathering today wouldn’t be a bad idea either. Be smart, but have fun. And of course, make sure to check out all of the new movies. Keep it here at Awards Radar for more film coverage, but just enjoy your turkey today!