The Columbiad is an award given each year for outstanding achievements in the art of motion pictures.
My thought was that the Columbiad is bestowed by the motion picture industry unions. Further, that there are about twenty given each year, of which perhaps half are set in terms of category (Best Performance by an Actress, By an Actor, Best Screenplay, Best Film Direction, etc.) but the rest are given at the discretion of the Jurors. Thus at any given year a special Columbiad might go to a particular film or artist, because of something groundbreaking or as a lifetime achievement award, etc.
Along those lines--and presuming this was set up in the wake of the First Great War--perhaps it is not simply the NAL's film unions that are involved but also those of Louisianne? Just a thought.
Eagerly awaiting feedback/ideas/idle musings, etc.