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While the origin of the name Oscar is still being disputed, even today, There is a frequently-mentioned originator, Margaret Herrick, who is the Academy executive secretary, who, in 1931, had first seen the award, said the statuette reminded her of her “Uncle Oscar” and which is also the nickname later chosen for her cousin Oscar Pierce.

Although the name Oscar®, the Academy Awards® and Oscar® design mark are the trademarks and service marks and the Oscar© statuette the copyrighted property, of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. This page is neither endorsed by nor affiliated with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and is the name Oscar® as such only being referred to in a broad context in order to afford this conceptual “Virily-Owl Award” for best writers, similar high regard for excellence in writing achievement.

Here are the only eleven films that have ever won Best Picture awards without receiving a single acting nomination and I thought this to be appropriate in coming up with the intended, VIRILY-OWL AWARD for best writers.

1. Wings (1927/8)

 2. All Quiet on the Western Front (1929/30)

3. Grand Hotel (1931/2)

 4. An American in Paris (1951)

5. The Greatest Show on Earth (1952)

6. Around the World in Eighty Days (1956)

7. Gigi (1958)

8. The Last Emperor (1987)

9. Braveheart (1995)

10. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003)

11. Slumdog Millionaire (2008)

I have decided, as my concept presentation, we the writers on Virily should model our awards category around this “Best Picture Awards”, but instead of calling it Best Picture Awards, we should call ours Virily Best Writer Awards in our very own


The criteria will be determined by the writers themselves on a  daily/weekly or monthly basis. All writers are eligible to win the VIRILY-OWL AWARD after reaching certain pre-determined targets or objectives and finally being entered in a Virily popularity poll.

This is where I leave the concept in the amply capable hands of the Virily Writers each of whom is a master in their own right, who will finally say yay or nay to this idea.

 I am, as it were, throwing down the gauntlet for all in sundry, to pick up!


Kindly share your opinions and ideas below.


What do you think?

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  1. well let us throw out some categories

    Best article (by the Virily categories, Travel, Technology, Art and so on).
    Best combination (media – video or audio combined with a post)
    I suspect there are many more, but I thought I would et the ball rolling…

        • Hi Doc, If any categories are excluded, wouldn’t that be unfair, somehow? What if all categories are universally judged, using the same literary guidelines? Because whether it is a photograph, a piece of art, a poll or whatsoever the same grammatical rules, IE plagiarism/relevance to title and main contents, etc. should still apply or should they?

          • Title to content for a creative site doesn’t seem important.

            The issue is of course, getting people to vote.

            But establishing the criteria and seeing if this has legs would be the interesting thing. Albert and I commented back and forth about this, more than 5 months ago.

    • Carol, I am merely making a suggestion I had started on before they stopped paying. The article was quite well received. That time, members were all eligible and it covered what Mister Mark Gordon Brown, (a senior moderator) had explained that as for how to get a star,(Virily Owl Award) – They rated articles on many things
      – title- containing article keywords.
      – use of bolding.
      – sectioned sub-headlines
      – links to sources
      * Either you earn points in these categories or you do not.
      Here is the link to that post:

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