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Funny thing about good quality: It often has little to do withthe number of tickets sold, the number of Nielsen pointscomputed, or the number of books or albums or videotapesshipped. Looking back over 1993, the finest movie was a small,personal project that involved no action sequences or ridiculousstar perks. The best television program aired only on cable. Thestrongest video was a documentary about some backwoods brothers.The most compelling book was translated from Danish, forheaven’s sake. But as this year’s roster of outstanding movies,television programs, music, books, videos and children’sentertainment demonstrates, big can also be beautiful: ConsiderThe Fugitive, Roseanne, John le Carre’s The Night Manager,Nirvana’s In Utero. The point worth celebrating in 1993 is thatexcellence can come in all sizes — and that everyone has a shotat it.

WINNER OF THE YEAR

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WINNER OF THE YEAR

Toni Morrison (Beloved, Song of Solomon, Jazz), who became thefirst African-American woman to receive the Nobel Prize forliterature.

LOSER OF THE YEAR

Mafia Cookbook author Joseph ”Joe Dogs” Iannuzzi, who quit thefederal Witness Protection Program to plug the book on Letterman,only to be struck from the lineup at the last minute.

BEST REBUTTAL

First novelist Scott Smith (A Simple Plan) got hammered by ahandful of critics, but Stephen King jumped to his defense,lambasting the reviewers on Good Morning America.

REVENGE OF THE NERD AWARD

”Writing a book just might be the hardest thing I’ve ever done,besides trying to get laid in college.” — Howard Stern, Private Parts

EAGER TO SLEAZE

Christopher Andersen (Jagger Unauthorized), who revealed that MickJagger hates the smell of Jerry Hall’s breast milk, and RandallRiese (Her Name Is Barbra), who noted that Barbra Streisand wasa teenage shoplifter.

MOST EUPHEMISTIC DEDICATION

”This book is for any woman who has steadfastly resisted thefrequent urge to feloniously resolve her relationship with ourhormonally challenged counterparts.” — Jennifer Berman, Why Dogs Are Better Than Men

SEXIEST BOOK JACKET ALIVE

Prince Charming: The John F. Kennedy Jr. StoryDutton relegated the book’s title to the back cover so itwouldn’t mar John-John’s mug on the front.

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