And the award goes to... The Idealog guide to the Oscars of everything

We all want to win an Oscar, right? But, we don’t all work in the movies. Some of us are risk assessors, food vendors, and lawyers. Don’t we deserve Oscars too? Turns out, we’re in luck. It seems there’s an Oscars of everything these days. Here are some of our favourites.

The Oscars of... Risk Management: The IRM Global Risk Awards

NZ claim to fame: An Auckland consultant and a Queenstown film company have reached the finals of the Institute of Risk Management Awards (IRM), with the winners to be announced at Park Lane in London next month.

Beca consulting engineer Nathanael Sterling is a finalist in the risk management professional of the year category and Queenstown’s Global Film Solutions is a finalist in managing risk across boundaries category.

The IRM Global Risk Awards on April 15 are the “risk world's answer to the Oscars”, recognising and honouring significant contributions to innovation and excellence in risk.

Sterling is in with a good shot at bringing home a trophy, having received an International Certificate in Risk Management, a Risk New Zealand Excellence Award for building risk management capability.

Risk New Zealand chief executive Tim Jago says Queenstown’s Global Film Solutions is also in with fighter’s chance:

“GFS has been pioneering risk management in the film sector since 2004,” he says. “They work with a wide range of television networks, film studios and production companies internationally, assessing and managing risks of productions in some of the most challenging environments globally including in conflict zones, high risk locations and remote wildernesses.”

Stay tuned for the results...

The Oscars of... water: Berkeley Springs International Water Tasting

NZ claim to fame: In 2006 Antipodes won the carbonated bottled water category. This year, Antipodes placed 5th in the overall bottled water category.

The Oscars of... design: ADC Awards

NZ claim to fame: In 2009, the mysterious Alt Group won a Gold Cube for its work for Auckland law firm Hudson Gavin Martin; and, in 2013, Kate Cullinane's book Sample Copy: An Exploration of the Role of Copying in Design, won a Gold Cube for typography.

The Oscars of... cooking: The James Beard Awards

NZ claim to fame: We couldn’t find a New Zealander who’d won a James Beard award, but 2012 Best Chef Northwest winner Andy Ricker (Pok Pok) once worked at a roast meat restaurant in Palmerston North called Harrod’s when he backpacked through our fair nation in the 1980s.

The Oscars of... PR: PRWeek Awards

NZ claim to fame: None. (That we know of.)

The Oscars of...  Internet Videos: AFV Awards

NZ claim to fame: None. (That we know of.)

The Oscars of... legal diversity: The Minority Corporate Counsel Association's annual Diversity Gala

NZ claim to fame: None. (That we know of.)

The Oscars of... New York street food vendors: The Vendy Awards

NZ claim to fame: None (That we know of.)

The Oscars of... movies: The Oscars

NZ claim to fame:* Anna Paquin (Supporting Actress); Jane Campion (Original Screenplay); Peter Jackson (Best Picture, Director, Adapted Screenplay); Fran Walsh (Adapted Screenplay, Original Song); Bret McKenzie (Original Song); Philippa Boyens (Adapted Screenplay); Ngila Dickson (Costume Design); Christian Rivers (Visual Effects); Richard Taylor (Visual Effects, Costume Design, Make-up and Hairstyling); Grant Major & Dan Hennah (Art Direction); Kim Sinclair (Art Direction); Jamie Selkirk (Film Editing); Michael Hedges (Sound and Sound Mixing).

*Idealog does not recognise Russell Crowe as a New Zealander. He considers himself to be an Australian, so we should all just let him be an Australian

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