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Posted 09 January 2014 - 08:45 PM

A history of the Ollies is a history of us, the TMU community, and that history goes back to Novemeber 8 2005 when The Movies Online (TMO) opened its doors and the first movie was uploaded (Taswell's Saddle up Sally is believed to be the first). For the next three years TMO had more than 145,000 movies uploaded by more than 32,000 filmmakers. During this time one member, OllieEntertainment wrote more than 11,000 reviews, more than tripling the next highest reviewer total. Thats approximately 10 reviews a day, every day for three years. His reviews were mostly brief and positive with the majority including the closing line "film on!!".

Following a series of TMO "server issues" in mid 2008, Ken White opened TMUnderground as an alternative upload site for TMO movies. This quickly expanded to include a full range of machinima and purpose based software films. TMO shut down for good on December 5th, 2008 while TMU marched on with a wider vision **.

To mark the first anniversary of TMU, Killian and Tom Foster created The Ollies. First announced in August of 2009 and named in honor of OllieEntertainment, the awards sought to celebrate the films, filmmakers, modders and community members of TMUnderground. The awards ceremony took place on TMOARadio in October 2009 and was hosted by K4 with a pre-awards show hosted by MGM Studios and NorrieFPB (download the broadcast here). Sisch's scifi drama "Saving Grace" took home many awards including Best Picture, Best Sci fi, Best MovieStorm and Best screenplay award. Nukester's Temporary Night also won multiple awards including best musical, soundtrack and sound design. Ken White won the Thong De Roger Award for outstanding contribution to TMU. A full linked list of the winners can be found here.

The next year Killian and Tom Foster again organized the Ollie Awards with a award ceremony taking place in October 2010 and again hosted by K4 on TMOARadio (Download the broadcast here). The Best Picture was awarded to Death in Venice by Chat Noir Studios. Ken White again won the Thong De Roger Award for outstanding contribution to TMU. A full linked list of the winners can be found here.

Due to a variety of issues the ollies have been fallow since 2010.

However, as a celebration of all that TMU stands for it is time to organize the TMU Ollie Awards once more.

**An effort was undertaken to preserve some of the better TMO films whose members were inactive. The TMRescue project uploaded more than 250 films to TMU. The list of rescued films can be found here.

Additionally, Rileyman succeeded in archiving every comment associated with every movie and movie description on TMO. These, including all 11,000 reviews from OllieEntertainment, can be found in the TMO Review archives.

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