CMBA Awards


The Classic Movie Blog Association established the annual CMBA Awards in 2010 as a means of honoring and promoting excellence in classic film blogging within the group. There are currently six categories: Best Review/Drama, Best Review/Comedy or Musical, Best Profile, Best Article, Best Series and Best Event. Each year members submit their own work for consideration at the end of August.  Two votes by the full CMBA membership are then held, the first to select five finalists in each category, the second to select a winner in each category.

Below is a listing of winners from 2010 through the current awards year.

2019 CMBA Award Winners

Best Classic Film Review/Drama
Thoughts on the Son of the Sheik (1926) by Silent-ology
 
Best Classic Film Review/Comedy or Musical 
His Girl Friday (1940) by Cinema Essentials
 
Best Profile 
Best Classic Film Article 
Irving Berlin at the Oscars by Caftan Woman
 
Best Classic Film Series 
Sheik Month by Silent-ology
 
Best Classic Film Event 
Vive la France! Blogathon hosted by Lady Eve's Reel Life and Silver Screen Modes

In addition, in 2019 the CMBA Board of Governors chose to present a special award to the group's founding member and first Board Chair, Rick Armstrong of The Classic Film & TV Cafe. Rick founded the CMBA 10 years earlier, on October 31, 2009. He developed the group's organizational structure as well as its charter and was instrumental in launching CMBA activities that have continued on, including annual blogathons and the CMBA Awards. Rick has continued to support and advise the Board whenever asked. And so, in the CMBA's 10th anniversary year, the Board is honored Rick Armstrong with a special 2019 Board of Governors Award in recognition and appreciation of his efforts on behalf of the Classic Movie Blog Association and classic film blogging.
 
2018 CMBA AWARD WINNERS

Best Film Review/Drama -The Beautiful Refugees of Casablanca - Silver Screenings

Best Film Review/Musical or Comedy "On the Town," in Celebration of Leonard Bernstein’s Centenary - Lady Eve’s Reel Life

Best Profile of a Performer - A Mesmerizing Talent: The Life and Career of Conrad Veidt - Silent-ology

Best Classic Movie Article -Fascism, Nationalism and the Banned Films of Marlene Dietrich - Lady Eve’s Reel Life

Best Classic Movie Blog Event -The Food in Film Blogathon - Silver Screenings and Speakeasy

Best Blog Design - Silver Scenes 

Best Classic Movie Series - Olivia de Havilland vs. FX: Backlots at the Courthouse - Backlots

2017 CMBA AWARD WINNERS

Best Film Review ( Drama )
Self-Plagiarism is Style: Hitchcock, Grant and North by Northwest (1959) - Once Upon a Screen

Best Film Review ( Musical/Comedy )
Me and My Pal (1933) - Caftan Woman

Best Classic Movie Article
A Government by Classic Movie Characters - Once Upon a Screen

Best Classic Movie Series
Crime Does Not Pay - Thrilling Days of Yesteryear

Best Profile of a Classic Movie Performer
Louise Fazenda, Comic Venus -Silentology

Best Classic Movie Event
What a Character! Blogathon - Once Upon a Screen

Best Blog Design
The Blonde at the Film

2016 CMBA AWARD WINNERS

Best Film Review (Drama) 
Charlie Chan at the Opera (1936) - Caftan Woman

  Best Film Review ( Musical )
The Gang's All Here (1943) - Second Sight Cinema

Best Classic Movie Article
Hal Roach and the "Lot" of Fun - Caftan Woman

Best Classic Movie Series
History Through Hollywood - The Blonde at the Film

Best Profile of a Classic Movie Performer or Filmmaker
Harry Carey and Harry Carey, Jr. - Caftan Woman

Best Blog Event
The 2016 TCM Summer Under the Stars Blogathon - Journeys in Classic Film

Best Classic Movie Blog Design
Cinema Crossroads

 2015 CMBA AWARD WINNERS  

BEST FILM REVIEW: DRAMA
Queen Christina - Pre-Code.com

BEST FILM REVIEW: MUSICAL/COMEDY
In Defense of Lina Lamont - The Vintage Cameo

BEST CLASSIC MOVIE ARTICLE
Real Life Society Honor Slaying Inspires Two 1932 Films - Immortal Ephemera

MOVIE SERIES 
History Through Hollywood - The Blonde at the Film

BEST PROFILE 
Eddie Cantor - Once Upon a Screen

MOVIE EVENT 
The Great Villain Blogathon - Speakeasy

BLOG DESIGN 
Silver Scenes

2014 CiMBA AWARD Winners

BEST FILM REVIEW: DRAMA
Roman à Clef: All About Eve (1950) - LADY EVE'S REEL LIFE

BEST FILM REVIEW: MUSICAL OR COMEDY
Meet Me in St. Louis - ONCE UPON A SCREEN 

BEST CLASSIC MOVIE ARTICLE
ClassicMovie History Project blogathon: 1945: CAFTAN WOMAN
  
BEST CLASSIC MOVIE SERIES
The Year of Ann Blyth: ANOTHER OLD MOVIE BLOG 

BEST PROFILE OF A CLASSIC MOVIE PERFORMER OR FILMMAKER
A Q&A with Joan Fontaine in Honor of Her 96th Birthday: BACKLOTS 

BEST CLASSIC MOVIE BLOG EVENT
The Classic Movie History Project Blogathon: co-hosted by MOVIES SILENTLY 

BEST BLOG DESIGN
The Blonde at the Film 


2013 CiMBA Awards

BEST CLASSIC MOVIE REVIEW: DRAMA
Scarface: The Shame of a Nation - Once Upon a Screen

BEST CLASSIC MOVIE REVIEW: MUSICAL OR COMEDY
Search for Beauty (1934) -  Pre-Code.Com

BEST CLASSIC MOVIE ARTICLE
Top 10 Oscar-Less Dames and Their Oscar-Worthy Roles - Shadows and Satin

BEST PROFILE OF A CLASSIC MOVIE PERFORMER OR FILMMAKER
Cagney - Lady Eve’s Reel Life

BEST BLOG DESIGN
Pre-Code.com

BEST CLASSIC MOVIE SERIES
TCM Pre-Code Pick of the Month - Shadows and Satin

BEST CLASSIC MOVIE BLOG EVENT
James Cagney Blogathon - The Movie Projector


2012 CiMBA AWARD WINNERS


BEST FILM REVIEW (DRAMA)
Movie Review: The Gunfighter - The Girl with the White Parasol

BEST CLASSIC MOVIE ARTICLE
Minority Opinion: The Magnificent Ambersons - Jim Lane’s Cinedrome 

BEST BLOG EVENT
A Month of Vertigo - Lady Eve’s Reel Life

BEST FILM REVIEW, MUSICAL OR COMEDY
Grift Tips from the Lady Eve (1941) - 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die

BEST PROFILE OF A CLASSIC MOVIE PERFORMER OR FILMMAKER
Thelma Todd Profile - My Love of Old Hollywood,

BEST CLASSIC MOVIE BLOG DESIGN
Sittin' On a Backyard Fence

BEST CLASSIC MOVIE DISCUSSION
Interview with Stunt Double Martha Crawford Cantarini - Twenty Four Frames

2011 CiMBA AWARD WINNERS
Best Film Review (Drama) 
The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex - Lady Eve's Reel Life

Best Classic Movie Article 
Mobsters, Pals and Skirts - ClassicBecky’s Brain Food
Best Classic Movie Blog Event 
The Loving Lucy Blogathon - True Classics
Best Film Review (Musical or Comedy) 
The Women (1939) - My Love of Old Hollywood
Best Profile of a Classic Movie Performer or Filmmaker 
Celebrating Women in Film: The Silent Directors - True Classics
Best Classic Movie Discussion: Tie
The Final Scene of "The Heiress" - Backlots 

and
3 on 3 Panel Discussions - Classic Film & TV Café
Best Classic Movie Blog Design
Via Margutta 51

2010 CiMBA AWARD WINNERS

Best Film Review (Drama)
“You know what they call my films today? Camp! High camp!” (A review of Targets) - Ivan G. Shreve, Thrilling Days of Yesteryear

Best Film Review (Musical or Comedy)
Love Me Tonight (1932) -  R.D. Finch, The Movie Projector

Best Classic Movie Article
The Best Fred Astaire Musicals Without Ginger Rogers - R.D. Finch, The Movie Projector

Best Profile of a Classic Movie Performer or Filmmaker
About John Gilbert: An Interview with Leatrice Gilbert Fountain - by The Lady Eve, Classic Film & TV Cafe

Best Classic Movie Blog Event
Trivia Time - by Paul2, Classic Film & TV Cafe

Best Classic Movie Discussion
10 Questions with John Stangeland, author of Warren William: Magnificent Scoundrel of Pre-Code Hollywood - Cliff Aliperti, Warren-William.com

Best Classic Movie Blog Design
Brian Kleeman, Classicfilmboy’s Movie Paradise