Emmerich Awarded Quill by LA Shakespeare Group

Posted By on October 7, 2011

Roland Emmerich with Camilla Belle.


I’ve been kept so busy here with impertinent emails that sometimes its difficult to keep up with all the real news.

But this one I just couldn’t let past.

The Shakespeare Center of  Los Angeles, as reported in an October 5 article by Tod Gilchrest in the Wall Street Journal, has just awarded its Crystal Quill award to Roland Emmerich for Anonymous.

The story was also covered in the Los Angeles Times, which quotes a remarkable statement from Emmerich,  who, it seems, has been honing up on his prophecy skills: “It’s a very gutsy thing to do,” Emmerich said in a speech of the group’s decision to award him the prize. “You will learn in the next few weeks. It will not go over that well.”

Apparently the Center already knew that it would not go over well.

According to the Times, the Center’s Artistic Director  Ben Donenberg reported that when news of the award leaked he “started getting hate mail.”

The attitude of the emailers, as summarized by Donenberg, was “How dare we take this on?  This film… will only propel the debate.”

And here we thought there WAS no debate, and that the purpose of Hollywood was to support Columbia University in all its endeavors.

But, sigh, perhaps its better this way, anyway.   Maybe hate mail is preferable, don’t you agree? 🙂  What would happen to Michael Skeptical and Nom de Plume if we actually had a debate?

About the author

Roger Stritmatter is a native liberal humorist who lives in Baltimore, Maryland. Contrary to rumor, he does not live on North Avenue. He does, however, work on North Avenue. A pacifist by inclination, one of his heroes is John Brown. But he thinks that Fredrick Douglass, another of his heroes, made the right decision. Stritmatter's primary areas of interest include the nature of paradigm shifts, the history of ideas, forensic literary studies, MS studies, renaissance literature, and the history of the Shakespearean question, the latter a field in which he has published extensively.


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