Every year since 2007 I have released a set of annual awards of my own picks for the best in media and in life. Late as always, here are the EARLE awards for 2011. Enjoy.
Film of the Year
It's Retro. Fun. Feel Good. Clean. Classic. Possibly saw it 3 times in the theater.
Runner up: Drive
Album of the Year
Young Love | Mat Kearney
One of those albums you can just listen and sing along straight through.
Runner up: Soul Searching | Ricky Kendall
Song of the Year
Ali in the Jungle | The Hours
This song is the catalyst for how I came out of one of the darker seasons of my life.
Runner up: Betelgeuse | Joywave
New Artist of the Year
Nagasaki! Nuff Said.
Runner up: Joywave
TV Show of the Year
No spoilers, I'm just starting season 4. Amazing.
Runner up: Parks & Rec
Book of the Year
The American | Martin Booth
SO rich. and classic. Perfect pacing. Reflective. Thoughtful.
Runner up: Fire in the Belly | Sam Keen
Author of the Year
Best writing about Manhood I've ever read.
Runner up: Martin Booth
Business of the Year
Best thing to happen to Haile Village since I got a job there.
Runner up: SEOmoz
Man of the Year
One of my absolute best friends, Zac grew a lot in 2011. He's also the only man to with the Earle for Man of the year twice.
Runner up: Britt Daniel
Woman of the Year
Years from now this award category will look a bit routine, but I don't care at all. Also, I'm biased.
Lifetime Legacy Award
I can't say enough awesome things about this guy, so I won't bother trying. Suffice it to say, he's awesome. David & Jonathan. Est. 1999.
That's all for this year. Any categories you want to see added next year? Let me know.