January 25, 2022
Nominations are now being accepted for the 12th Annual Home Entertainment Media Play Awards, which this year feature an expanded streaming category. This is the fifth year the annual home entertainment awards program is presented by Media Play News.
Nominations for the awards — which honor the best movies, series and other content aimed at home audiences released during 2021 — are due from participating studios, distributors and content creators Feb. 25. Winners in all categories will then be determined by a blue-ribbon panel of industry experts in conjunction with a consumer vote. Voting will take place in March and the winners will be announced in April.
The awards were traditionally for transactional releases only, DVD, Blu-ray Disc, 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray and digital.
Streaming categories were added last year, and this year the streaming component is being further expanded with awards for various channels, including FAST.
“There are now more ways than ever to distribute and view content, so we wanted these awards to be comprehensive enough to cover the entire home entertainment spectrum,” said John Latchem, executive editor of Media Play News and awards administrator.
The 2022 Home Entertainment Media Play Awards have 45 categories open for nomination.
This year there are 14 disc categories, 10 streaming categories (twice as many as last year), two TVOD categories and 15 genre categories open to films and shows released on any platform, disc, digital or streaming. Awards also will be given for Best Marketing Initiative, Best Restoration, Best International Release and Best Extended Edition/Alternative Cut.
In addition, three “best of show” winners — Title of the Year, Best TV Release of the Year, and Best Blu-ray Disc — are then selected from among all eligible submissions. A “Fan-Favorite” trophy also will be awarded for the single title receiving the most consumer votes. Judges may also present awards based on special merit.
Last year’s Home Entertainment Media Play Awards saw Sony Pictures Home Entertainment’s Columbia Classics 4K Ultra HD Collection Vol. 1 earn the top prize, voted Title of the Year. The set also won for Best Packaging.
Blu-ray Disc of the Year went to Shout! Factory’s Friday the 13th Collection: Deluxe Edition, which also won Best Boxed Set. HBO’s Game of Thrones: The Complete Collection 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Disc set won TV on Disc of the Year. Warner Bros.’ The Lord of the Rings: The Motion Picture Trilogy won Best 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Disc.
On the digital side, Lionsgate’s But I’m a Cheerleader: Director’s Cut won Best Digital Sellthrough Release, while Paramount’s Love and Monsters earned Best Premium Video on Demand Release. Netflix’s The Trial of the Chicago 7 was selected as Best New Streaming Movie, while Disney+ series The Mandalorian: Season 2 won Best Season of a Scripted Series.
In other award categories, Lionsgate’s Knives Out was a triple winner, selected as Fan-Favorite Title of the Year, Best New Movie on Disc and Best Audio/Visual Quality.
Vintage TV shows also were hailed, with Shout! Factory’s “The Carol Burnett Show” picking up a streaming win as Best Binge Series and Mill Creek’s Return of Ultraman honored as Best Disc Release of a Vintage TV Series.