Award season is an annual event on TASVideos, held from January 1st through January 21st of every year. During award season, TASVideos members get to nominate and then vote for their favorite TASes and TASers of the previous year in various categories.
This post is made in preparation for the 2021 Awards - the 15th TASVideos award season - which will be held soon, as we approach the new year.
The yearly award season schedule goes as follows:
• January 1st, 00:00 UTC - Award nomination topics are made for every category. Members have until January 7th to nominate their favorite TASes and TASers in each topic.
• January 8th, 00:00 UTC - Award polls are opened in each topic, with each poll including the nominations of their respective category. Members have until January 14th to vote for their favorite TASes and TASers in each topic.
• January 15th, 00:00 UTC - After all award polls are closed and winners are defined, the final "TAS of the Year" award poll is opened. The entry list for TAS of the Year consists of all system category award winners.
• January 21st, 23:59 UTC - At the end of the 21st, the TAS of the Year poll closes, and the final winner is decided.
Awards are awarded for various kinds of categories:
• [System] TAS - Best TAS of a given system, or set of systems. The exact make-up of system categories varies from year to year, subject to how many eligible movies exist for each category. Some categories may exist that combine multiple different systems, e.g. "Sega TAS", "PC TAS", or "Exotic TAS". Typically, there are between 8 and 10 system TAS categories each year.
• [System] TASer - Best TASer of a given system, or set of systems. Each System TAS category also has a respective System TASer category.
• Other category TASes (First Edition, Glitchy TAS, Lucky TAS, etc.) - See descriptions in their respective threads. The list of TAS award categories may change over time.
• Rookie TASer - Best TASer, whose first movie publication was published in this year.
• TASer of the Year - Best TASer overall.
• TAS of the Year - Best TAS overall. The topic for this award is posted after all other award polls have concluded, and its poll includes the winners of every System TAS category.
The list of award categories is subject to change from year to year. Consult the Award Categories topic (stickied during award season) to see which award categories are available in its respective year.
Nomination rules and guidelines
Nominations are open for each award category (except TAS of the Year) from January 1st until the 7th. The following rules apply for nomination:
• The first post of each award topic will include a link to a list of eligible entries. Nominations must come from entries that are in the list. If you think a movie or TASer is missing in the eligibility list, contact staff.
• When nominating a movie, use the BBcode format [movie]1234[/movie]
to nominate a TAS. This example will end up looking like:  GBA Metroid Fusion "100%" by BioSpark in 1:35:49.53
. Nominations that don't follow this format may be ignored.
• When nominating a TASer, use the username with which they are registered on TASVideos. Nominations using other nicknames, Discord handles, etc. may be ignored.
• New rule for 2021:
A movie or TASer must have at least 2 valid nominations
in order to be included in the award poll. A single nomination is no longer sufficient to be included in a poll. Exceptions may be made if there aren't enough eligible entries otherwise.
• When picking a TAS to nominate, do so because you feel it was good for its category, not because you like it generally or for other unrelated reasons.
• When picking a TASer to nominate, do so because you feel they did well for their category, not because you feel they did well in some other category or you like them generally.
• If you feel a nomination is made which you believe is truly undeserving, you may point it out so that there may be a proper discussion. However, arguments which are a matter of opinion and personal taste are uncalled for.
• Nominations for yourself, or for your own movies will not be counted.
• Nominations for banned users, or for movies solo-authored by banned users will not be counted.
• TASVideos staff reserves the right to veto any nomination, if they consider them unsuitable for the category in question.
Voting rules and guidelines
Voting is open for each award category (except TAS of the Year) from January 8th until the 14th. Voting for TAS of the Year is open from January 15th until the 21st. The following rules apply for voting:
• You must have voting permissions on the site. This means you must have at least 4 posts on the site (may be subject to changes in global site rules).
• Unlike most other polls on the site, you can select multiple options to vote. Feel free to choose every option which you think is deserving of the award in question.
• When voting on a TAS, do so because you feel it was good for its category, not because you like it generally or for other unrelated reasons.
• When voting on a TASer, do so because you feel they did well for their category, not because you feel they did well in some other category or you like them generally.
• If a poll ends and multiple options are tied, all will share the award.
If you have further ideas, suggestions, questions etc. regarding awards in general, feel free to post in this topic.