I agree with you-to a certain point. The awards themselves aren’t that self-congratulatory, I’ve voted on them before while I was in that industry and the others in the voting pool agree, we judge that ish without bias. I didn’t vote for my own film because there were better films in that category, and that’s mostly how it works. The ceremony, however, is RIDONK. The ceremony has very little to do with the actual awards, as it presents a very small portion of them, and a very small portion of the jobs within the industry.
To put it simply: would you call a Women’s SBA Awards self-congratulatory? That’s women voting for women. This is artists voting for artists, let’s stop being completely disparaging simply because it’s high profile, I thought we were beyond that.