Last Call for Nominations (X-MooTY & Brodies)!
We’ve got some great nominations so far — keep ’em coming! I’ll be posting the polls here at Main Street Plaza shortly. The polls for X-Mormon of the Year will be posted on January 2, 2022, and the polls for the Brodie Awards will be posted on January 9, 2022.
You can continue posting nominations here until those dates. Here’s what we’ve got so far:
X-Mormon of the Year 2020:
- Jacinda Ardern, ExMo and Prime Minister of New Zealand for her country’s handling of the Covid 19 pandemic.
- Any other contenders…?
X-Mormon of the Year 2021:
- James Huntsman: In 2021, he filed a lawsuit against the CoJC-L-dS for fraud (using tithing funds for commercial interests rather than charity). Although the lawsuit was thrown out, it shed light on how a for-profit corporation can benefit financially by dressing itself up as a church.
- ExMo Lex who explained “soaking” to the world outside of the BYU bubble in a viral TikTok. (Until this year, I didn’t think it was a real thing myself…)
- Jeff T. Green, the tech billionaire who publicly resigned from the CoJCoL-dS while donating $600K to an LGTBQ group.
- Matt Easton who came out as gay during his BYU valedictorian speech. The speech was actually during 2019, but the impact was felt in 2021 when it inspired LDS Apostle Jeffrey Holland to give a hugely problematic speech about homosexuality.
- Russ/Rusty: I’m not sure exactly who this is, but the person who accepted the nomination is here. Clarifications on what he did in 2021 would be very welcome. 😀
- Michael Quinn, who is probably more a candidate for a lifetime achievement award than for X-MoOTY 2021. He died in 2021.
There were a few nominations that either were not clear or did not meet the guidelines:
- Bill Reel for his podcasts — I would like to move this one to the Brodie Awards, below. X-MoOTY is intended for actions/activism that make news, whereas the Brodies are for creative works. Same story for Johnny Harris.
- Posthumous award for Robert Ritner — it would probably make sense to also offer lifetime-achievement awards, but this award is specifically for actions during the year in question.
- Wesley Snipes — Does he have any connection with Mormonism? This one could potentially be a valid nomination if we could get some clarification.
- Kristen Sinema — I had initially nominated her, but nobody liked that choice, so I withdraw my nomination. I can put her back in again if someone else wants to nominate her.
Brodie Awards 2020/2021:
Best LDS-Interest Podcast or Video Channel:
- Exmo Lex
- Johnny Harris
- Zelph on the Shelf
- Mormonism Live with Bill Reel and RFM
- Infants on Thrones
Best LDS-interest Book:
- Racism by Proxy, by Johnny Townsend
- Sealed: An Unexpected Journey into the Heart of Grace, by Katie Langston
- Queer Mormon Theology, by Blair Ostler
- Tabernacles of Clay, by Taylor G. Petrey
- I would like to divide this into three categories as requested (memoir, analysis and fiction), but each category needs at least three nominations.
Most Insightful Analysis Piece:
- Blue States, You’re the Problem, by Johnny Harris
- The Rise of the Celebrated Celibate and Single Sexual Minority in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, by Nathan Kitchen
- One more nomination needed here.
Best Exit Story:
- Why I left the Mormon Church, by Johnny Harris
- Two more nominations needed here.
Funniest Humor Piece:
- Pioneer Day: The World’s Greatest Holiday, by Eli McCann
- Two more nominations needed here.
Most Entertaining Review:
- The Long Road Back: A 1965 Mormon Film About Chastity. I Think, by Eli McCann
- Zelph on the Shelf reads “Charly”
- One more nomination needed here.
Remember, you have until January 9, 2022 to get in your Brodies nominations! Please include links (and write me at chanson dot exmormon at gmail dot com if your nomination gets caught in the spam filter).
I look forward to seeing more of the best of the Ex-Mormon world of 2020/2021!
“Vixen: From Mormon Convert to LDS Apostate” by Lindsay Helm could fit under either memoir or exit story.
“Salt Lake Mormons” by Ellie Saint-James seems to be a novel by a member of the LDS Church that has some “gray” areas, according to one review.
“The King of Confidence” by Miles Harvey seems to be a well-received history of James Strang.
“The Guns of John Moses Browning” by Nathan Gorenstein is a history of the inventor of popular firearms. Browning was raised as a Mormon.
“Dust Bowl Star” by Andrew Howald is a novel about a gay FBI agent set in 1936 and 2013. The blurb doesn’t give us much more than that.
“Diary of a Gay, Bipolar Mormon” by Lawrence Mackenzie is a memoir (I think).
“A Happier Year” by Jeff Laver, gay fiction.
“Wake Up and Smell the Missionaries” by Johnny Townsend, gay Mormon novel.
“The Prodigal Daughter” by Mette Ivie Harrison, Mormon novel.
Netflix, “Murder among the Mormons,” documentary about Hoffman murders.
“The Touch of the Master’s Hand,” short film (12 minutes), humor, at Sundance 2021
The Touch of The Master’s Hand is an absolute gem by Barnes, a queer filmmaker and alumnus of Brigham Young University who is now pursuing his master’s degree at the New York University Tisch School of the Arts. The main character in this short, which runs just shy of 12 minutes, is Elder Hyde, who is serving his Mormon mission in Mexico. He struggles with deciding whether or not he can overcome his shame and confess his addiction to pornography during his worthiness interview with the mission president. The object of his addiction rightly caps the impact of the absurd humor.
“Mormonism and the Movies,” scholarly essays.
“Keep Sweet,” documentary about fundamentalist Mormons.
Post Mormon at the Movies, on Instagram, not at all sure what this is.
Band “Imagine Dragons” has a song from 2021 called “Follow You.” It’s not really Mormon in content, just has a Mormon lead singer, and the music video features an actor from the movie “Latter Days” who has gone on to great stardom via “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia.” Could go under “humor” if it can be included at all.
“Truly Like Lightning” by David Duchovny (yes, that David Duchovny), novel about a Mormon stuntman.
Maybe the Laing family as an exit story?
Also, Cody Alan?
Also, for analysis, Emily Kaplan in WaPo
Thanks for the nominations so far!!
There are also two reddit threads for nominations:
There are a couple of nominations there:
For book: The Glass Looker by Mark Elwood.
For best analysis piece: Mormonism Live’s “Flight of death” episode.
For those voting for Ex-Mormon of the Year, I just saw this from Sunstone about Jeff Green, one of the nominees:
Not sure if this falls into a current category. Exit story maybe? But Exmo Lex’s story about breaking off contact with her in-laws is very moving and Brodie-worthy. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SsguWGMVOro
This straight-up review of what appears to be an absolutely ridiculous Deseret Book (via Covenant Communications) title based on a movie you’ve already discussed (here on MSP I believe?) is a possible Brodie nominee. The quotes from the novel at the end are pretty indicative. If nothing else I’ll be reading reviewing it here this year. 😉 https://www.amazon.com/gp/customer-reviews/R14Y12WLSPBL7L/ref=cm_cr_arp_d_rvw_ttl?ie=UTF8&ASIN=B093RDRVK3