Believe it or not, there was some glimmer of hope this year, some sense that perhaps things won’t continue on a downward trajectory.

1.) The president finally accepted/recognized the dinner for what it is:

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2.) Celebrities started recognizing it for what it is:

3.) Cecily Strong showed that the WHCA probably needs to do a better job articulating its core mission:

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4.) Star power diminished (I’m not so sure this has any real meaning except that it’s Obama’s 7th dinner so the luster has worn off, but I’m remaining optimistc).

5.) The People/TIME magazine swag bag — the biggest and best example of this week’s corporate sponsorship — shrunk in size.

6.) The WHCA’s scholarship/CEO salary ratio came under deserved scrutiny. After my documentary pointed out the disconcerting ratio between the Association’s scholarship outlays and its executive director’s annual salary, both the Washington Post and Washingtonian confirmed that the findings were troubling via their own independent analysis. The issue even caused a protest.

7.) You know how the crowd at the Hilton typically talks over the scholarship awards?

Nerd Prom: Inside Washington’s Wildest Week – Scholarship Noise from Life Is My Movie Entertainment on Vimeo.

…it looks like, this year, people in the crowd piped down. A friend of mine remarked on Facebook:

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