February 26, 2007

Oscar Results

Well, I watched the Academy Awards and it finally occurred to me that I shouldn't really expect to win an Oscar if I didn't work on any films. The fact that I wasn't nominated in any of the categories should have been another clues.

Perhaps you want to know who filled entered the Oscar pool here at Aces Full of Links. Well, 16 people rose to the challenge. Out of the 6 categories we were guessing, nobody got all 6 correct. Two people got 5 right (they both missed on the animated feature).

Those two people were... Mike and Me. Mike, we can toast our sweet, sweet victory sometime soon. We had exactly the same picks. I don't know how you arrived at yours, but mine were wild ass guesses. I had a good feeling about "The Departed."

Monday after the Academy Awards is always good fun, especially if you work with one of those people who hates Hollywood and thinks it represents everything that is wrong with America. Play it up if you run into one of those people. Say how much the movies help lift your spirits and briefly escape the mind-numbing, spirit-eroding world situation. In particular, say something has to counterbalance the psychological damage done by every appearance of Dick Cheney.

They'll say something lame about Al Gore.

Enjoy.

Full Reader Results:


Best Picture Best Director Best Actor Best Actress Best Animated Best Documentary Totals
B.O.B. Little Miss Sunshine Martin Scorsese for The Departed Peter O'Toole in Venus Helen Mirren in The Queen Happy Feet An Inconvenient Truth 4
Chuck Babel Paul Greengrass for United 93 Forest Whitaker in The Last King of Scotland Meryl Streep in The Devil Wears Prada Cars An Inconvenient Truth 2
Leslie Little Miss Sunshine Martin Scorsese for The Departed Will Smith in The Pursuit of Happyness Helen Mirren in The Queen Happy Feet An Inconvenient Truth 4
Julie The Departed Clint Eastwood for Letters from Iwo Jima Forest Whitaker in The Last King of Scotland Judi Dench in Notes on a Scandal Happy Feet An Inconvenient Truth 4
BriWei The Departed Martin Scorsese for The Departed Will Smith in The Pursuit of Happyness Judi Dench in Notes on a Scandal Cars An Inconvenient Truth 3
Hooligan Little Miss Sunshine Martin Scorsese for The Departed Forest Whitaker in The Last King of Scotland Helen Mirren in The Queen Cars An Inconvenient Truth 4
Derek Babel Martin Scorsese for The Departed Forest Whitaker in The Last King of Scotland Judi Dench in Notes on a Scandal Happy Feet An Inconvenient Truth 4
Mike The Departed Martin Scorsese for The Departed Forest Whitaker in The Last King of Scotland Helen Mirren in The Queen Cars An Inconvenient Truth 5
Sara The Departed Martin Scorsese for The Departed Forest Whitaker in The Last King of Scotland Helen Mirren in The Queen Cars Deliver Us from Evil 4
Ryan Letters from Iwo Jima Martin Scorsese for The Departed Will Smith in The Pursuit of Happyness Meryl Streep in The Devil Wears Prada Cars An Inconvenient Truth 2
-alice- Letters from Iwo Jima Martin Scorsese for The Departed Forest Whitaker in The Last King of Scotland Helen Mirren in The Queen Cars An Inconvenient Truth 4
Pippa Little Miss Sunshine Alejandro González Iñárritu for Babel Peter O'Toole in Venus Helen Mirren in The Queen Happy Feet An Inconvenient Truth 3
JP The Departed Martin Scorsese for The Departed Forest Whitaker in The Last King of Scotland Helen Mirren in The Queen Cars An Inconvenient Truth 5
Ann Macdonald Letters from Iwo Jima Paul Greengrass for United 93 Will Smith in The Pursuit of Happyness Judi Dench in Notes on a Scandal Monster House An Inconvenient Truth 1
Martin Macdonald Little Miss Sunshine Alejandro González Iñárritu for Babel Forest Whitaker in The Last King of Scotland Helen Mirren in The Queen Happy Feet An Inconvenient Truth 4
Maggie The Departed Stephen Frears for The Queen Forest Whitaker in The Last King of Scotland Helen Mirren in The Queen Cars An Inconvenient Truth 4
WINNERS The Departed Martin Scorsese for The Departed Forest Whitaker in The Last King of Scotland Helen Mirren in The Queen Happy Feet An Inconvenient Truth 6
Percent Correct 37.50% 62.50% 62.50% 62.50% 37.50% 93.75% 59.38%
Posted by James at February 26, 2007 5:37 AM
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I'm really shocked. Then again, I forgot that the Academy votes based on who's "owed" an Oscar rather than deserving of one. Except for poor Peter O'Toole, whom I'm SURE they'll give one to posthumously.

Posted by: pippa at February 26, 2007 7:11 AM

And random guessing fails again!

Posted by: briwei at February 26, 2007 7:54 AM

I got four by random guessing! I'd only seen three of these films: Cars, An Inconvenient Truth, and Little Miss Sunshine. I don't even know what half the others are about. I picked best actor/actress on what I thought would be a popularity contest, and I picked the others based on name!

Posted by: Maggie at February 26, 2007 8:43 AM

I'm very pleased that Forrest Whitaker got it for "The Last King of Scotland."

That movie had me from the minute it started until the last of the credits.

He had Amin dead on. Fantastic movie.

Posted by: Patti M. at February 26, 2007 8:47 AM

Well I blame my spectacularly poor showing on the fact that I had not seen -any- of the movies listed, except for An Inconvenient Truth.

And by random guessing you are supposed to be able to hit an accuracy of about 25% I remember hearing somewhere... so at best I should have gotten 1 or 2. Which is right where I am. :-)

Posted by: Chuck S. at February 26, 2007 9:12 AM

I heard on the radio that "The Departed" was not the best picture, and certainly not Scorsese's best picture, but that the Academy felt Scorsese was "due".

Posted by: Chuck S. at February 26, 2007 9:14 AM

I haven't seen many of the nominated films this year but I knew that Oscar and Grammy voters bestow awards in bunches so I figured Scorsese would finally be recognized. I didn't think the tidal wave of calving icebergs for Al Gore would lift Happy Feet, however.

Posted by: Mike at February 26, 2007 9:52 AM

Since we don't usually see the movies beforehand, the Oscars gives me a chance to see if there are any films I really want to see.

I didn't realize that The Departed was based on a Hong Kong (according to the confused Oscars announcer "Japanese") film that I had already seen part of. I find some complex asian action/intrigue movies tough to follow, and "Infernal Affairs" didn't grab my attention, even though I knew it was really popular in China.

In any case, using the DVR to watch BSG and then go back and skip most of the commercials and speech crap is definitely the way to watch the Oscars.

I thought it was a cute joke when Ellen asked Spielberg to take a picture of her with Clint Eastwood, and then criticized his framing.

Posted by: James at February 26, 2007 11:48 AM

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